Benefits

HR 1313 Updates and Genetic Testing Controversies Over Time

As employers increasingly see a place for genetic tests somewhere in their organization, some employees may be very enthusiastic to take advantage of them while others may be justifiably weary.

As employers increasingly see a place for genetic tests somewhere in their organization, some employees may be very enthusiastic to take advantage of them while others may be justifiably weary.

DOL Eyes Easing of Health-Plan Groups

A proposed U.S. Department of Labor rule could allow small businesses to more easily buy into an associated health plan, but some fear fraud and abuse.

A proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor that makes it easier for small businesses to join together to create health plans is eliciting mixed reactions from employers that are unsure of what this could mean for their health care costs.

Health and Retirement Benefits Under One Umbrella

When retirement presents one rainy day after another how can workers best save their windfall for inevitable inclement weather?

Eastman Chemical Co. has helped its employees stay healthy for nearly two decades. The company, whose heritage traces back to World War I, is a modern-day wellness wonder. It has fitness centers, holds seminars on healthy eating, provides monetary rewards for fit lifestyle habits and even offers free access to health coaches. But in 2016, top management at the Kingsport,…

Teaching Meditation to Employees Could Have Big Benefits

The popularity of transcendental meditation in business is growing, and for good reason. The practice is shown to improve productivity and benefit the bottom line.

Top business leaders, actors and celebrities including Arianna Huffington, Ellen DeGeneres and Martin Scorsese swear by one technique to reduce stress and calm their mind: meditation. To be more specific, transcendental meditation. The practice has been growing in the financial services industry. Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world, introduced transcendental meditation to his…

Meeting the New Faces Who Are Shaping Employee Retirement

With fears of outliving retirement, boomers are looking for help dealing with ‘pretired’ anxiety.

Kevin McGrain has prepped well for his golden years. He saved diligently, invested wisely and now at age 63, he enjoys traveling with his wife, spending time at their new North Carolina home near the mountains and visiting with his grandkids. Life has been good since McGrain left his job last year at an online retailer in Boston. But like…

Remodeling Retirement for the 21st Century

Despite dire predictions as the wave of retiring boomers grows, there is hope that employers and workers can rebuild a system mired in a 20th century mindset.

There’s a finality to the concrete definition of retirement. It’s the conclusion of one part of a person’s life and the commencement of the next, the solid boundary separating work and rest, a figurative brick wall marking a definite point between an employee’s and retiree’s timeline. That brick wall has crumbled in recent years prompting an impassioned debate over who…

Giving Employees Permission to be Well

Encouraging employees to take care of themselves needs to come with permission to do so during the workday.

Increasingly, benefits programs are asking employees to make thoughtful decisions about complicated topics — and to engage in programs throughout the year. As part of your strategy, think about how and when employees will take the time to use these programs.

Live to 100? Implications for Work, Employers and Retirement

The vision of retirement for workers depends on employers’ willingness to embrace older workers, support flexible transitions into retirement and help employees of all ages financially prepare for long lives.

People have the potential to live longer than any other time in history as a result of advancements in scientific knowledge about the aging process and breakthroughs in medicine. Today’s workers are already thinking in terms of longer lives. In our 2017 survey of more than 6,000 workers across the United States, nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies asked an…

A Long, Winding Road to Retirement

It’s in an employer's best interest to help their workers retire as their skills slow down, while finding creative ways to keep them involved in the workforce along the way.

It’s in employers’ best interests to help their workers retire as their skills slow down, while finding creative ways to keep them involved in the workforce along the way.

Benefits for Gig Workers? Great Idea, But … ?

As freelance nation grows, some employers eye being the ‘gig’ of choice with lucrative benefits.

The future of work is changing with the rise of contract workers, experts agree, and many of these freelancers are trying to build a career path in the gig economy. Because of this shift, traditional benefits will not hold up in the future.