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The Minority Report
Studies consistently show that black and Hispanic employees save less for retirement than other groups. What can HR do to address this?
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Grappling With LTC
When I consider the topics of long-term-care insurance and caring for loved ones -- especially elderly -- I always turn to my friends and colleagues in Hawaii. Hawaii is a harbinger for what's to come in both caregiving and LTC since it is the nation's leader in the number of intergenerational households.
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A Line of Sight
Companies are finding that vision plans can do more than just help their aging workforce with eye care. But getting employee buy-in isn't necessarily a snap.
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Corporate Health Care Exchange Survey
See the results of Aon Hewitt's survey of 562 organizations in its Corporate Health Care Exchange Survey and report.
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Getting It Right
Against the backdrop of healthcare reform, planning and prioritizing for open enrollment is more crucial than ever.
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Is Healthcare Spending Beginning to Stabilize?
While healthcare spending for employers should grow at a historically low rate in 2013, it continues to escalate at double-digit levels around the globe in 2012.
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New 401(k) Fee-Transparency Rules Demand Attention
Have plan officials been asleep at the wheel when it comes to assessing the fairness of fees charged participants in their 401(k) plans?
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The New Health Marketplace
Americans have gotten used to defined-contribution retirement plans, which offer companies a more affordable alternative to traditional pensions but put the onus on employees to save for, and keep track of, their retirement investments.
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Class Act
Recognizing the stress involved in saving for college, employers are finding ways to pitch in.
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Private Healthcare Exchanges Are Here to Stay
Oliver Wyman's latest research shows that private exchanges are no fad -- they're a very real consideration for employers, with at least 50 percent of employers willing to leverage them for a 10 percent cost savings.
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How Healthcare-Reform Ruling will Affect Play-or-Pay
The U.S. Supreme Court made up its mind on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Now, it's "play or pay" decision-time for employers.
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On the Cusp of Transition
Health insurance in the United States is on the cusp of a major transition from an employer-driven payor model to a model directly involving many more employees and consumers, says a Booz & Company report.
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Specialty Drugs, Spiraling Costs
Thanks to the rise of generics, pharmaceutical-benefit costs have been dropping -- with one glaring exception: specialty drugs.
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The 'Grand Experiments'
Are corporate exchanges the answer to soaring healthcare costs?
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Employer-Provided Healthcare: One Size Does Not Fit All
Offering all participants in a healthcare program equal access and opportunity to receive quality care and medical purchasing efficiency should be the goal of any organization. Experts say eliminating structural and language barriers, and respecting the cultural context of each individual employee or their family members, are the keys to success.
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The Global Nomad's Retirement Puzzle
The flattening of the business world has given rise to an international cadre of global nomads, or expatriates who constantly roam the planet on assignment for their companies. While the benefits of such a lifestyle can be plentiful to both employer and employee, viable options for retirement programs for these nomads have been limited, until now.
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The Global Nomad's Retirement Puzzle
The flattening of the business world has given rise to an international cadre of global nomads, or expatriates who constantly roam the planet on assignment for their companies. While the benefits of such a lifestyle can be plentiful to both employer and employee, viable options for retirement programs for these nomads have been limited, until now.
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Psychiatric Disabilities in the Workplace
Psychiatric disabilities are considered just as legitimate as physical disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. Here's how HR can best handle these sensitive situations when they arise for workers.
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Tech giant Apple's long-anticipated introduction of its smartwatch threw wearable technology into the headlines again. But while there's no denying the value of these devices in capturing meaningful healthcare data, some serious questions surrounding their true effectiveness remain.
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