Category Archives: Employee benefits

An employer’s guide to offering identity theft protection coverage to employees

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Identity theft protection (ID theft protection) is one of the fastest-growing benefits offered to employees today. But like many offerings that are relatively new to the market, employees may not fully understand how it works or what features such as … Continue reading →

The asset manager’s guide to assessing and evolving culture

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Many people hear the word culture and shrug – it’s a vague term explained by equally ambiguous words such as “philosophy,’’ ‘’ethos,’’ ‘’values” and “DNA.” As an investment manager focused on the concrete – portfolio returns, peer performance, due diligence, … Continue reading →

Beyond pension schemes: Employers can play a key role in guiding employees toward a secure retirement

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In Asia, personal savings have often been reserved for immediate or short-term needs, such as having children or planning a wedding. Saving for the long-term, and specifically, for retirement, was rarely thought of — particularly in societies with extended family … Continue reading →

Employer options for health insurance may expand with new rules on health reimbursement arrangements

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If employers could give employees tax free money to buy health insurance on their own, how many would do so? We’re about to find out. Late last month, the Trump Administration proposed regulations expanding health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). The new rule … Continue reading →

Testing the water: How deep will organizations dive to address employees’ student loan debt?

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Some days, it feels as if I can’t read the news without seeing some statistic about student loan debt — from what the average student carries after graduation, which is now more than $37,000, to other startling national statistics with … Continue reading →

5 keys to modernizing employee benefits (Part 5 in a series)

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As we’ve been discussing throughout this series, several external drivers – from the changing nature of work and the workforce to digital disruption to employee expectations for transparency – necessitate a renewed focus on Total Rewards. In Part 3 of this … Continue reading →

Beyond the mission statement: Increasing inclusion and diversity in the Asia Pacific region

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There’s no standard definition or one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to inclusion and diversity (I&D). Yet increasingly, companies are realizing that having a culture that’s both inclusive and diverse is no longer a “nice to have” but a key differentiator … Continue reading →

6 tips for using social media for employee benefits

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Despite recent media scrutiny of social networking sites over privacy concerns, social media remains one of the most effective channels for reaching employees and building trust. You may already be using social media to engage employees in other areas, so … Continue reading →

To reduce employee stress, make sure you’re addressing the right culprit

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You might think employee stress comes from a poor sense of work-life balance and 24 hour access to email, but our research suggests that’s not the case. So what’s causing employees to feel stressed and what can employers do to … Continue reading →

Back to the future for base pay and internal equity? (Part 2 in a series)

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The increasing level of debate on social fairness is pushing the question of pay equity up the political agenda in key global markets.  The U.K., Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, U.S. and Canadian states have all moved to strengthen existing … Continue reading →