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.


This isn't just a time to change your health insurance (but checking into your options for switching policies is always smart). Open enrollment gives you a chance to change other insurance coverage or opt-in to programs your employer offers that can save you more money.

Simply having a health insurance plan available to your employees is no longer enough to ensure that they actually enroll. This can be incredibly frustrating for any business, as healthcare is part of any reputable company’s employee benefits package.

Thanks to the efforts of plan sponsors, advisors, HR, and executives, companies can improve their 401(k) plans. Here are 5 industries where efforts succeeded.

10 Worst States for Healthcare

For employers, both large and small, being knowledgeable about regional health challenges —such as high costs or poor quality — can give them an edge when it comes to crafting the best benefit policies to attract and retain talent.

General Motors on Monday inked a deal with Detroit-based hospital system Henry Ford Health System to provide a new direct-to-employer healthcare option to 24,000 of its salaried employees and their dependents in Southeast Michigan.

While women overall caught up on April 10 this year, black women were still working—until August 7—just to catch up.

Every HR professional understands that employee benefits are one of the biggest reasons employees choose one job over another, and your company provides great benefits—a quality health insurance plan, for example. In fact, Open Enrollment is coming up, so naturally your employees should all be lining up to take part in your health insurance plan.

There’s no question worker engagement in benefits remains a struggle for employers. As the market expands and options increase, employees are shutting down when it comes to benefit understanding and usage.

You know what Decision Support Tools can do for your organization and your HR department, but from an employee’s perspective, how do these complex digital tools help them?

Decision-support tools are great at helping employees find the right health insurance and other benefits options for them, but how do they work? Different tools use different algorithms to determine the best options for their users. Understand how they work, and you’ll know what to expect from yours.

Open enrollment and choosing the right health insurance options can be one of the most stressful and daunting tasks for many employees. Open enrollment happens every year, and some employees still do not understand the process and experience lots of confusion during the process.

“Learning is the only thing a mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” Leonardo da Vinci

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.

According to the 2018 Millennial Benefit Trends Report, the millennial participants were asked to rank the benefit categories from most to least important. Number one on the list is “Health Insurance,” which 63.64% rated as “Extremely Important”.

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.

Most American workers are workaholics and refuse to take time off work. Studies reveal that more than half are leaving their vacation time unused. While most businesses appreciate the dedication and commitment of hardworking employees to their companies, employers need to encourage their workers to take time off and enjoy a fun summer vacation. It will do wonders not only for their physical and mental health but their overall job-performance in the company.

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.

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