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Lingering Personal Burdens Prompt Employers to Add Alternative Benefits

June 4, 2012
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Easing personal stress is among the goals for adding free or low-cost legal services. One study indicates that workers who do not hire an attorney to help with legal issues are nearly three times as likely to spend five to 10 hours at work dealing with those problems than those who do hire counsel.
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Starting a Social Wellness Program

June 3, 2012
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Social wellness tools won't do much if you don't establish objectives and a time frame for meeting them, says Jennifer Benz, a San Francisco-based employee wellness communications consultant.
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Transamerica Survey Points Out Need to Redefine ‘Retirement Readiness'

June 1, 2012
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More than half of Transamerica Retirement Survey respondents say they don't think they are building a sufficient nest egg—a percentage consistent for all ages of workers.
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General Motors Co. Offers Pension Buyout to Salaried Workers

June 1, 2012
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General Motors Co., in a statement, said the moves should reduce its U.S. pension liability by about $26 billion, a major step in its bid to reduce the $134 billion pension obligation on its books, which GM says is the largest pension liability for any U.S. corporation.
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Can Social Media Produce Wellness Results?

June 1, 2012
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To win at employee wellness programs, companies are turning to online fitness challenges and Facebook-style social networks to boost workers' options, improve engagement and cut costs.
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House Panel OKs Bill to Ease FSA ‘Use-It-or-Lose-It' Rule

June 1, 2012
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The bill approved by the House panel would eliminate over-the-counter restrictions in the health care reform law.
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Most Firms With DB Plans to Keep Them Open to New Hires

May 23, 2012
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Among defined benefit plans offered to new hires, 54 percent are hybrid plans such as cash balance plans, which combine elements of defined benefit and defined contribution plans, but legally are defined benefit plans.
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Pharmacy Benefit Managers Cite Employees' Unhealthy Behavior as Biggest Challenge: Study

May 18, 2012
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In the past five years, the percentage of plan sponsors who list the breadth of coverage offered to employees as a top priority for their plans has fallen 14 percent from 57 percent at the end of 2011. Simultaneously, the percentage of sponsors citing a balance of cost and care as a top plan priority has risen to 78 percent from 41 percent in 2006.
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Young Workers on 401(k) Offerings: We Want Sure Things

May 14, 2012
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Gun-shy employees are keen on investments that provide guaranteed income, though there is little interest in diversification.
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