Benefits

GOP Outlines ACA Replacement Plan

The GOP proposed changes to the health care landscape in a 19-page long document, which addressed HSAs and the employer mandate among other topics.

House GOP leadership announced its first round of health care reform goals on Thursday, Feb. 16. House Republicans announced an ACA replacement plan on Thursday, Feb, 16. GOP leadership released a 19-page long document which provides general goals for health care reform rather than specific details. The plan would immediately eliminate tax penalties and relieve the financial burden tied to both…

Recognition Programs Are Changing to Keep up With a Global Workforce

The right technology can help ease incentive and recognition solutions that provide value, reliability and security.

Companies can use the digital reward approach year-round for employee recognition programs. With unemployment rates hovering around 4.5 percent and millennials taking over the majority of our workforce, it’s more important than ever for employers to find ways to engage and build loyalty among their employee base. When developing a reward strategy, many HR professionals are looking not only for…

Tracking the Affordable Care Act

As Congress tackles health care in America, the future of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, could be radically different this time next year. Or not. Workforce is keeping tabs on important developments in the ongoing attempt to repeal and reshape the ACA.

While the Affordable Care Act is a public exchange for health care, there are plenty of workplace implications now and in its future, should it be repealed. As that effort moves forward, the workplace stands to be affected, as well. Job-based plans offered to employees and their dependents cover 150 million people, according to the Health Affairs Blog. The ACA…

Health Care Cost Shifting Doesn’t Hold Up in the Long Term

Consumer-driven health plans aren’t going anywhere. But as long as they’re affecting employees’ health care decisions, there are a few changes in strategies employers should keep in mind, says one expert.

Employees may be seeing less benefit in their workplace benefits. When the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, it prompted employer interest in consumer-driven health plan alternatives like employee cost sharing and high-deductible health plans. Over the years, this has led to increasingly higher out-of-pocket costs for employees, which has helped to decrease the value they place on their…

Gradvisor Partners with Gusto to Extend the Reach of 529 Benefits

Gradvisor announced its partnership with HR platform Gusto on Feb. 7. The partners aim to simplify and streamline access to the 529 college savings benefit for employers and employees.

Gradvisor announced its partnership with HR platform Gusto on Feb. 7. The partners aim to simplify and streamline access to the 529 college savings benefit for employers and employees. Robo-adviser Gradvisor announced its partnership with HR platform Gusto on Feb. 7. The pairing allows the 40,000 small- and medium-sized businesses that use Gusto to use Gradvisor to allow employees to…

Spontaneity Is for Last-Minute Gifts, not Diversity

The newly reinstated Global Gag Rule could have implications on the female workforce and the business world for generations to come.

Periodically I plug the word “diversity” into Twitter search to see what comes up. I’ve found some great information that way. I’ve also found some things that gave me forehead wrinkles.   For instance, I saw this tweet: leen ‏@calucsonil 11m 11 minutes ago diversity is amazing and representation is important but only when it’s SPONTANEOUS I clicked on the…

Making a Business Case for Mental Health

The DMEC’s Terri Rhodes shares some suggestions for how to train managers to address mental health in the workplace in a compassionate, appropriate way.

Set in Seattle, Frasier is full of witty dialogue and honest conversations that normalize mental health problems. Outside of sitcom-land, the DMEC is one organization which aims to normalize them as well. This is my first “Frasier” blog of 2017. I’ve decided it’s my mission to remind people what a treasure this 90s gem is. It explores everything from serious mental…

The Workplace Legacy of Barack Obama

The last eight years saw a surge in worker-friendly regulations as the nation shook off the deepest recession since the Great Depression. But some of his efforts failed, and a Republican president and Congress could further undo key Obama policies.

Lilly Ledbetter stands with President Barack Obama the day he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Courtesy LillyLedbetter.com Barack Obama had been in office a mere eight days when he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act making it easier for women to sue employers for equal pay. It was the first law he passed as president and a…

The Benefit of Setting Work-Related Goals

The Benefits Beat's Jennifer Benz suggests a few aspirational resolutions for you and your team going into 2017.

  It is the new year, which means it’s time to snap out of our indulgent holiday habits and get back to real-life goals and aspirations. For my team, this means launching 2017 campaigns for our clients. After all, this is an ideal time to get employees engaged in benefits! There are countless benefits and programs that can be easily…

Health Insurer Unum Expands to Offer Dental and Vision Coverage

The benefits leader hopes to become a one-stop shop for the comprehensive benefits package.

Unum Group announced that it is expanding its benefits offering through the addition of Unum Dental and Unum Vision. The Chattanooga, Tennessee-based employee benefits company is offering the coverage through the services of Starmount Life Insurance Co., a dental and vision insurance company acquired by Unum in 2016. Dental and vision insurance have become more popular over the past several years,…