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As employee benefit consultants, we see a myriad of compliance questions that arise in day-to-day benefit administration.

There are some issues that always seem to be a pain point for most employer groups. We’ve answered eight of these popular questions below.

Can an employer offer different benefits to different classes of employees?

Maybe. The employer...


Each year, influenza has an impact on workers across the country.

I hate getting sick, and I am pitiful when ill. But getting sick with the flu is the worst. Although your employees may feel as though their job is critical, or they’ve used up their sick leave, remind them to consider others before coming to work sick. If they have the flu or flu-like symptoms, caution them to limit their contact with others and connect with their doctor.

Do you know what’s better than...


The health insurance landscape is changing and employers may need to embrace these employee benefits solutions in 2018 to stay competitive.

As the year winds down and open enrollment season comes to a close, it’s time to examine how the employee benefits landscape may look in 2018 and beyond. Rather than offer an exhaustive list of every conceivable option available to employers, we'll focus on a handful of the progressive employee benefit products and strategies we can expect to...


Every business leader shares a common, pressing concern: how to keep the cost of their employee benefit plans manageable, all the while being appealing enough to attract and retain talent.

With all of the effort and anxiety that comes with the benefits renewal process, can you honestly say at the end of the day that your employees feel that these benefits are actually benefiting their needs?

Let’s face it—health insurance is expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t design a...


Let’s Make This Your Best Open Enrollment

It’s that time of year again—Open Enrollment (OE) season is upon us. This can be a stressful time for both employees and employers. In fact, the 2017 ALEX Benefits Communication Survey showed that 36% of the employees polled say the open enrollment process at their company is extremely confusing and 49% of employees whose companies...


Employers - is the cost to offer health benefits to your employees busting your budget? If so, there are many ways to take charge of your own fate when it comes to managing health care risk, controlling claim costs, and engaging individuals in the process. Over the years, I’ve highlighted the importance of funding options other than full insurance; plan designs that drive individual engagement and accountability; a well-being program to keep individuals healthy and productive; and data...


We’ve all heard the phrase, “change is good.” While we can relate to that phrase, it’s not always easy to implement new employee wellbeing initiatives in the workplace, especially when you consider other competing business priorities.

Even if your company is on board, there can also be too much change.

“Finding a healthy balance in delivering a wellness plan that fits the dynamic of your workforce is crucial.”

Many health and wellbeing programs have tipped the scales...


I’ve been reading a lot on employee wellbeing lately—more than usual. Not since my college years have I spent as much time researching, filtering through the various credible sources (and some not so credible) and assessing the merits of corporate health and wellbeing programs. Why this sudden return to scouring research journals you might ask? As wellness continues to evolve, we are constantly being challenged on its true return on investment for businesses. Your company may want a...


You say Wholistic, I say Holistic: What Does it Mean for Your Employee Well-Being Program?

As a health and well-being industry professional, I’m often asked to define an industry term or assess the value of certain types of programming options for a worksite population. I was recently asked about the concept of wholistic vs. holistic. It’s important to consider the differences between the two terms— although you will find they are...


The following was quoted over 10 years ago in an online article from the Society for Human Resource Management. If it was a true statement in 2005, it’s an even truer statement in 2017.

“The days of simply maintaining personnel files and advising on hiring, firing and compensation are long gone for HR professionals. Today they fulfill a variety of roles that require knowledge and competencies in areas that were foreign to them in the past.”

Paradigm Shifts

Over the...



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