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Overturn of DOMA Opens Policy Options for Employers

August 8, 2013
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The ruling’s impact may be greatest for smaller businesses that don’t have comprehensive coverage packages for LGBT workers.
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Top Athletes Are Top Priority for Wellness Incentives at Some Organizations

August 6, 2013
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With “über-athletes” among the workforce, one human resources director sought to engage these fitness superstars to champion wellness initiatives and motivate their colleagues.
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Economy, Obama Administration Policies Are Top Employer Priorities in 2013: Survey

July 9, 2013
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Employers are focusing on current economic conditions and the policies of the Obama administration this year, according to a survey conducted by law firm Littler Mendelson.
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Age Becoming an Issue With Health Care Benefits, Study Shows

July 3, 2013
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Employers review their coverage options as they note younger workers are opting out of health plans while the number of older employees climbs.
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Employees Finding Their Financial Fitness Footing

June 25, 2013
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Recent survey results from Financial Finesse show employers are providing more financial tools, but also employees are asking for help in greater numbers, too.
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The Hot List 2013: The Ever-Expanding Role of the EAP

June 5, 2013
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Paired and offered with other employee benefits like heath care, employee assistance program providers now tackle everything from more traditional employee issues such as substance abuse and psychological ailments to financial duress, wellness and overall employee stress.
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U.S. Labor Department Rolls Out Crystal Ball for Future Retirees

June 4, 2013
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A proposed agency rule would ask 401(k) plan sponsors to provide several sets of numbers to show participants what their future nest egg might look like.
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Explaining the Exchanges to Employees Won't Be Easy

May 17, 2013
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Between the growing number of companies expected to introduce a private exchange later this year and the state-run health insurance exchanges that open for business on Jan. 1, 2014, employee communication will be critical in the coming months, benefits experts say.
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Plan to Cap Retirement Funds May Reach Beyond the Wealthy

May 17, 2013
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A Washington-based think tank says the Obama proposal would affect 20 percent of Americans ages 25 to 64 with retirement plans that could hinder incentives to save money.
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The Affordable Care Act: Executives Take Note

May 13, 2013
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As the clock ticks toward 2014, it seems that there is more to the health care reform law than I realized. There's an anti-discrimination provision in the act that could trigger up to a $500,000 fine for a company if a C-suiter, for instance, gets better or even free health benefits that others don't.
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