Category Archives: Health and Group Benefits

Horizon 2017: What are the biggest concerns and opportunities for retirement plan sponsors in the coming year?

With the ringing of the New Year now well past, it’s not too early for retirement plan sponsors to understand current opportunities and begin to watch for other priority issues that lie ahead in 2017. Concerns: Risk management, effectiveness and … Continue reading →

Time to rethink our traditions: Skill-based evaluation and pay

Have you ever found yourself saying any of these: “I know they are essentially doing the same job but their levels of mastery in what they do are so different and we’d like to differentiate their pay in a systematic … Continue reading →

A communicator’s guide to an HR portal. If you build it, will they come?

I’ll let you in on a little secret. The answer is “No”. Even if you build the most state-of-the-art human resources website with videos, employee testimonials, gamification, Pokémon Go, and sharks with laser beams attached to their heads, employees still … Continue reading →

Five strategic compensation and benefits trends to drive business success

It’s no secret that compensation and benefits professionals need to focus on smart ways to stretch their limited total rewards budgets. The competition for talent won’t go away, so optimising workforce programs that attract, retain and engage talent is also … Continue reading →

Are lawyers worth their weight in gold?

When a crisis hits, gold is the go-to for investors, a safe and tangible way to see and assign a monetary value to it. When other crises strike, it could be that you will reach out to a lawyer for … Continue reading →

Scariest Risks of 2016

As Halloween nears, people’s thoughts inevitably turn to ghoulies and ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night. At the Wire we take this opportunity to reflect on the scariest risks our clients faced this year.  … Continue reading →

The new HR paradigm: Breaking down traditional silos of risk and human capital

There would need to be a perfect storm or a revolution of sorts. That is the type of answer I would expect if I asked what would be needed to marry workers compensation, safety and health benefits on a large … Continue reading →

The increasing trend toward pay transparency: EEOC announces changes to EEO-1 report

On September 29, 2016 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced final changes to amend the annual EEO-1 report. Beginning in 2018, not only will applicable employers have to submit demographic information, but employee W-2 wages and hours worked data … Continue reading →

Time to reconsider well-being programs

Keeping up to date with health care-related legislative and regulatory changes can be a full-time endeavor. We know that many employers categorize the challenges of compliance as a necessary burden, and we can understand why. However, sometimes new rules provide … Continue reading →

5 guidelines for open enrollment communications

To help take the sting out of the open enrollment process (at least on the communication side), I offer these five simple guidelines. Continue reading →