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DC, DB Plans Hurt by Rising Health Care Costs

October 20, 2011
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Aside from health care benefits, the only corporate benefits budget item that grew between 2009 and 2011 was corporate 401(k) plans, which increased two percentage points to 15 percent in the latest survey.
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Analysis Shows Most Employers Restore 401(k) Match

October 20, 2011
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The suspensions occurred from January 2008 through January 2010, though most occurred during the first half of 2009, which was the peak of the Great Recession, according to research by Towers Watson.
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Health Care Cost Hikes Increasing, Expected to Continue

October 3, 2011
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The key difference between the Kaiser Family Foundation and Aon Hewitt surveys is that the KFF survey included more fully insured plans, 40 percent, and more small and midsize firms, 85 percent, with fewer than 5,000 workers. More than 75 percent of the data from the Aon Hewitt survey was collected from large, self-funded employers with employee populations of more than 10,000.
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New Group to Go to Bat for Retirement Plan Advisers

September 29, 2011
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Among other things, the National Association of Plan Advisors plans to fight to keep tax breaks for retirement savings.
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Principal Financial Group's 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security—2011

September 28, 2011
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These companies have shown that a commitment to outstanding benefits can be a factor in having a successful business.
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Investing in Employees

September 28, 2011
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Despite a tough, volatile economy, 10 small to midsize companies have been able to run successful businesses while bringing stability to employees through strong benefits programs. These businesses have made Principal Financial Group's 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security—2011 list.
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Foul-ups Trump Safeguards in UBS Scandal

September 27, 2011
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In the aftermath of such blatantly avoidable foul-ups, can you recall a single instance when outside analysts concluded that systems and processes had not been put in place or learning had not been delivered? I can't. It's the failure to act in line with all of these safeguards that's the issue.
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PBGC’s Equity Investments Down $3 Billion in Fiscal 2008

September 16, 2011
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More losses are expected after results for the full year are reported, a House committee chairman says. He also said the value of the PBGC’s overall portfolio declined about 1.2 percent from January 1 through August 31.
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Buffalo Not-for-Profit Violated Workers Rights in Facebook-Related Firings

September 7, 2011
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A judge rules that the employees’ Facebook discussion was protected concerted activity within the meaning of Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.
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Shellshocked Gen Y Crossing Off Stocks as Investments

September 7, 2011
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Their principal concern is protecting what they have now, seemingly taking a page from their grandparents' book on saving for retirement.
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