Insurance, Employment, & Financial Services

Globe Plotting: Overseas Benefits Require Research, Careful Strategy

| May 19, 2012

As more small and midsize U.S. businesses take the plunge into overseas markets, HR leaders are learning how to shape their company’s compensation and culture to recruit and retain the best workers globally. About... Read more →

Health Care Costs

| May 17, 2012

Consumerism Can Keep Prevention Costs in Check The old saying by Benjamin Franklin — “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” — has been taken to heart by many employers that want to... Read more →

IRS Proposes Methods for Valuing Employer Health Coverage

| May 15, 2012

The IRS has just issued three notices concerning key aspects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). Notice 2012-31 proposes three different methods by which sponsors of self-funded health plans could value the coverage... Read more →

Hotter Economy Can Spark Retention Challenges

| April 19, 2012

Although a recent report on U.S. job growth has left many observers disappointed, other economic signs are prompting employers to re-evaluate their benefits and retention strategies to avoid a potential talent exodus.... Read more →

PPACA Ruling May Have Limited Effect on Employers’ Plans

| April 18, 2012

The Supreme Court finished hearing oral arguments on the health care reform law in March. Now, employers — along with patients and political pundits — can do little except wait. Several judges, including... Read more →

FSAs Require Careful Compliance Care

| April 16, 2012

A flexible spending account (FSA) can serve as a solid employee benefit that can help workers pay for out-of-pocket costs with pretax dollars, but employers must keep a close eye on new rules from the Patient Protection... Read more →

Weak Accounts Threaten Workers’ Well-Being

| March 19, 2012

High-deductible health care plans with health savings accounts (HSAs) continue to gain steam, but without careful attention, poor savings habits can undermine an employer’s best intentions, experts say. In a... Read more →

Women’s Benefit Issues Take Spotlight

| March 17, 2012

When it comes to benefit compliance, it’s not your father’s workforce anymore — it’s your mom’s, too. The political storm over the Obama administration’s rule on birth control tops a... Read more →

Employers Hunt for Ways to Boost Program Payoff

| March 15, 2012

Ask the HR directors of companies without a wellness program why the businesses haven’t taken the plunge, and you’ll likely get a mix of answers. The challenges of keeping employees engaged and the time... Read more →

Leave Troubles Can Linger for Employers

| February 25, 2012

The federal government continues to tweak the rules regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), giving employers another reason to carefully review their leave policies. Most recently, the Department of Labor... Read more →