Employee Benefits & Compensation Articles

Retaining and attracting the best employees means offering more than competitive salaries. Thoughtful and useful benefits packages set up employees and your business for success. Just make sure you build communications systems that make it easy for your employees to sign up.


One of the biggest trends in HR today is the development of employee resource groups (ERGs). ERGs give employees the opportunity to share their passions and talents with their coworkers.

The law ushers in bold patient protections and blockbuster realignment of claims-handling processes.

Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs), which provide outsourced HR services such as payroll, benefits, workers’ compensation and 401(K) administration, can be a terrific option for smaller companies without an in-house human resources team. But how do you know whether you’ve outgrown that solution?

Many employers are nudging their employees to be savvy health insurance consumers through strategies like expanded choice of plan options, defined contribution funding, HSA education and cost transparency tools.

Employer groups will be able to start offering association health plans (AHPs) as soon as this September 1, under the final AHP rule announced June 19 by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Humans are creatures of habit and routine. Consistency and reliability are reassuring. Even little changes like the coffee cart moving to a different hallway can throw employees off and send productivity into a downward spiral. Having an employee benefits resource portal that’s consistent for the entire team—whether they’re new hires in the middle of onboarding or tenured employees approaching open enrollment season—is invaluable for helping to improve enrollment rates and employee engagement with benefits materials.

Open enrollment (OE) meetings are intended to educate employees about their benefits in an effective and efficient setting. Perhaps meetings were once the best approach. But times change, and today employers typically offer many more benefit choices, with more complex variables, and the potential for far greater employee financial liability.

Once upon a time, the employee benefits package was (more or less) standardized. Employees were given a base salary, typically two weeks of vacation, health insurance, and a retirement plan… maybe a year end bonus (if you were lucky)… but times have changed.

There's one nerve-wracking, yet vital part of the on-boarding process recent grads need to master: negotiating salary and benefits. 43 percent of workers are still asked about salary history during job interviews. Future employers may base their proposed pay on a candidate's previous salary level.

Top 10 Causes of Disability

Unum’s 10-year review of disability claims shows the top 1­0 causes of short- and long-term disability. The disability provider’s data also reflects the effects of an aging workforce, medical advances and the power of early intervention.

At the top of many employee benefits and compensation plans is usually a retirement plan. The most common retirement plan these days is still the good old 401(k). Why is it so popular and how does it work?

Diversity Insight: Not only must you be vigilant in preventing workplace sexual harassment in the age of #MeToo, but you also may face an uphill battle in defending against gender-based pay discrimination claims under the Equal Pay Act (EPA), according to a new decision from the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

In a game-changing ruling, California expanded protections for workers, placing the burden on employers to prove that workers are independent contractors, not employees.

When it comes to a career, it’s not all about the money. There’s the value of the work itself, the environment in which you work, and of course the benefits that come with the paycheck. But the money is still important.

The Dark Side of Performance Bonuses

To motivate workers, employers often turn to incentives such as money or recognition. What's become clear is that these programs can also result in unintended consequences—like a financial crisis.

Decision Support Software simplifies the complicated world of employee benefits so that everyone gets the right benefits for their personal situation. It’s never a bad idea to investigate Decision Support programs as a part of your employee benefits and compensation system, but sometimes the programs designed to help make decisions just make them more difficult.

Millennial engagement and career fulfillment begins with the employer and ends with the employee. If a position does not offer an employee the favorable factor (s) of work and life balance, most millennials tend to look elsewhere.

Rising healthcare costs continue to plague employers and employees alike, so it should come as no surprise that participation in high deductible health plans (HDHP) grew by more than 60% last year.

The psychological contract is a concept that describes the understandings, beliefs, and commitments that exist between an employee and an employer. Although it is unwritten and intangible, it represents the mutual expectations that are felt between the two.

High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) can save your company a lot of money… but only if your employees enroll in them over other plans you offer. Educating employees about HDHPs and how they work is the best way to increase enrollment in these cost-saving plans, but what does that entail?

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