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Articles by Kristin Hunt

Disabled, Ill Kids Pose Workplace Challenges

January 28, 2009
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An expert says that more employers need to be aware of the prevalence and strain of being a working parent with a special-needs child.
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Economy Weighs on Benefits Managers as 09 Kicks Off

January 9, 2009
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Benefit managers have entered 2009 with a host of concerns regarding their departments’ operations and their employee benefit offerings amid the slump.
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Automatic Enrollment Becoming the Norm

December 7, 2008
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It’s evolving into an automatic 401(k) world, according to benefits experts. They attribute the across-the-board increased participation to automatic enrollment’s ‘stickiness,’ meaning employees often choose not to opt out of the plans and, instead, continue to contribute.
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Automatic Enrollment Becoming the Norm

December 4, 2008
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It’s evolving into an automatic 401(k) world, according to benefits experts. They attribute the across-the-board increased participation to automatic enrollment’s ‘stickiness,’ meaning employees often choose not to opt out of the plans and, instead, continue to contribute.
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A Shot in the Arm for Health Records

June 2, 2008
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Many employers have been skeptical about the value of personal health records, saying employees are concerned about privacy and likely won’t take the time to maintain the records. But with companies including Google and Microsoft Corp. launching such products, experts say the concept may take off.
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Google Health Aims for Simplicity of Use

June 2, 2008
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Google Health allows users to automatically import their medical records, prescription histories and test results into an online profile that can be accessed from anywhere at any time for free. Eventually, the company intends to allow users to have access to tools and services such as scheduling appointments, refilling prescriptions and utilizing wellness tools.
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A Show of Support

April 17, 2008
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Work-site support groups for certain health conditions can make employees feel valued, bolster morale and even improve employee retention, say some of the companies that sponsor them. Those employers believe in their value, but their use is not widespread—probably because there’s little hard evidence to show that they lower health care costs.
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