Benefits

A Goal That HR and Benefits Leaders Share: Engagement

Just as we know how to build best practices for designing HR programs, we’ve also developed best practices for driving engagement with benefits.

Just as we know how to build best practices for designing HR programs, we’ve also developed best practices for driving engagement with benefits.

Employees Asked to Mail It in to Fight Opioid Crisis

Providing employees with safe and secure medication disposal is a preventative measure to fight the opioid crisis and a logical counterpart to pharmacy benefits programs.

With the opioid epidemic costing employers upward of $18 billion a year in medical expenses and lost productivity, one company is offering a remedy to get excess drugs out of employees’ hands.

This Is How You Reasonably Accommodate a Disabled Employee

Ask yourself, have we done all that we could have done for this employee, or is there more we can do?

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 16 months discussing bad employers — those that so mishandled employees that they earned a spot on my list of America’s Worst Employers. Today, I thought I’d take a look at the brighter side — an employer that handled a tricky employee issue correctly. Jablonski v. WalMart (9th Cir. 4/26/18) concerns an issue that…

Insurer Gets Vocal Over Health FAQs

Cigna's new tech tool Ask Cigna seeks to help consumers understand basic health insurance terms and improve health plan literacy.

Tech tools designed to turn employees into savvy health care shoppers are everywhere and can be accessed 24/7 from most devices, yet many consumers still struggle to understand basic health insurance terms.

What I’m Reading Now: A Lesson in Geography, Genetics and American Values

The impact of broad genetic testing on public health is uncertain; should rest be an American virtue; and regional benefits trends can help guide your company’s health plan design.

The benefits and wellness world is so rich that it’s hard to dig deep into every topic that comes up. That said, here are the stories that struck my interest recently. Health Risks and Health Benefits of Genetic Tests: The genetic testing space fascinates me for many reasons, especially from an overall ethical standpoint. It’s such a recent area of…

How to Remain Competitive with 4 Low-Cost Perks

Small employers don’t need to offer the same lavish benefits as large organizations to stay competitive and attract talent. Here are four low-cost perks and benefits they can offer instead.

Small employers don’t need to offer the same lavish benefits as large organizations to stay competitive and attract talent. Here are four low-cost perks and benefits they can offer instead.

Art Therapy and Employee Stress

Stress relief can be facilitated through a number of channels, and participating in a creative activity is one of those ways.

Stress relief can be facilitated through a number of channels, and participating in a creative activity is one of those ways.

HDHPs, Wellness Programs Losing Luster as Employee Health Care Remedies

Experts contend that companies will need to get creative with health care strategies rather than rely on popular ideas.

A recent study found that substantial wellness incentives and high-deductible health plans are not the quick fix to improving health care costs they were originally thought to be. Employers pinned their hopes on high-deductible health plans, but HDHPs only represent 30 percent of medical plans offered by employers, according to the “2018 Medical Trends and Observations Report” released in early…