According to one dental benefits carrier, only 30 to 40 percent of employees use the benefits in their dental preferred provider organization network.Read More
While employee assistance programs help connect workers with spiritual counselors, some companies see value in a corporate chaplain.
Bevy of so-called solutions to curbing costs are caught in the crossfire as authors debunk such fixes as wellness plans and predictive modeling formulas.
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.Read More
Mercer has launched a U.S. Pension Buyout Index to help employers who are considering shifting retiree benefits responsibilities to premium insurers. Read More
New York-based Verizon became the second major employer in recent months to announce such a pension plan risk-reduction strategy.Read More
Each participating company would pitch in to implement and maintain the network, with the cost likely to be based on a subscription model, including the number of participating employees and retirees and how much their medical care costs. Read More
According to a December 2011 study by Mercer and CFO Research Services, 59 percent of 192 senior-level financial executives surveyed say their defined benefit pension plan poses at least a moderate risk to their companies' short-term financial performance. High plan liabilities coupled with a weak market are causing plan sponsors to explore new strategies for protecting assets.
Listed in alphabetical order. Published September 2011. Read More