Category Archives: Employee Benefits / Employment Law

How to Use a Private Exchange to Support Your Human Capital Goals

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Companies cannot sustain the increasing cost of health care in the long term, much less the administrative burden of health care reform legislation. Continue reading →

Workplace Flexibility Works–For Workers and Employers

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Most of us, at some point in our lives, have worked in organizations that are rigid and unyielding. You know the type: You enter by a specific time each and every day to buildings filled with acres of gray carpeting … Continue reading →

10 Things About Health and Productivity I Learned in New Orleans

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I recently participated in the Willis Health and Productivity Summit in New Orleans, along with nearly 100 physicians, clinicians, clients and stakeholders — all focused on the business imperative around health risks, medical costs and workforce productivity. Continue reading →

5 Tips for Engaging Employees on a Budget

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Benefit communicators agree that even the best benefits program, when poorly communicated (or not communicated at all!) has little value. Unfortunately, many employers spend millions on their benefit programs but fall short when it comes to educating their employees. Continue reading →

Federal Agencies and Compliance Issues are Confusing for Many Employers. (Luckily, It Does Not Apply to Them)


The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently caused mass confusion for employers when it sent out reams of emails regarding “Rate Filing Training for Issuers for the 2016 Plan Year.” Continue reading →

Millennials are Changing Your Workforce. Are you Adapting?

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No doubt about it — Millennials are a force to be reckoned with. Even if your current workforce includes a mix of Traditionals, Boomers and Gen X’ers, it’s the Millennials who will drive how you do business for years to … Continue reading →

Keeping Top Talent at the Top — and on Your Payroll


Organizations today must navigate numerous challenges with regard to changes in the economy, technology, demographics, compliance, and globalization … all while trying to reduce costs, grow profits, improve operations, and be more innovative. In a marketplace where talent is tight, … Continue reading →

Healthcare Fraud and Expatriate Insurance Policies

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The rising costs of healthcare services and insurance premiums continue to be a major source of concern for employers worldwide. The costs can be attributed to a range of factors including technological and pharmaceutical advances, the increased prevalence of chronic … Continue reading →

Happy National Employee Benefits Day!

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Today, April 2, we take a moment to recognize employee benefits and the human resources professionals who are dedicated to providing them to their colleagues. Except for Social Security, workers’ compensation and a few benefits required by states, US employers … Continue reading →

DOL’s New Definition of “Spouse” Takes Effect March 27

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On February 25, 2015, The Department of Labor revised the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include same-sex marriages regardless of the state in which the employee lives. Therefore, eligible employees in a … Continue reading →