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Employee benefits have become increasingly complex and costly for both employers and employees. Though benefits are still considered an important factor in recruiting and retaining the best employees, the task of managing benefits has become more difficult while costs continue to rise and regulations increase. Employers want to spend more time managing their business, not benefits!

Ask an employer what matters most to them when it comes to benefits, and their concerns are almost...

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It probably comes as no surprise that most men do not like going to the doctor. In fact, women are 100% more likely than men to get an annual routine exam, according to the CDC.

“To encourage self-care for men and boys, June is recognized as Men's Health Month and Men’s Health Week is celebrated the week leading up to Father’s Day (June 11-17, 2018). The goal of these observances is to educate on the importance of prevention, early detection, and treatment of diseases affecting men...

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Does your benefits broker approach benefits as one-size-fits-all?

Today's labor pool is comprised of 5 distinct generations, each presenting unique challenges, and perspectives for employers that have not existed in the past for a singular workforce. Because each group possesses a very different approach to employment and employee benefits, having a fresh approach to your benefits strategy will not only keep you in the game within your industry but help you win high-performing...

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Recently, TruTV aired an episode of "Adam Ruins Everything", in which the host Adam Conover focuses on ruining the viewer’s perception of the healthcare industry by educating them on why healthcare is so expensive.

The episode opens with Adam Conover having a conversation with a would-be patient who has come to the hospital for a cold or the flu. The patient explains that she wants as much care as possible regardless of cost because she simply pays her insurance...

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How do you know what employee wellness programs will work and have an impact, motivating employees to engage?

Is there a workplace well-being crystal ball? Not to my knowledge! The good news is that there are success strategies and key components that have been shown to improve the engagement of your wellness programs and consequently, the health of your population.

Fresh Perspective: Initiate and Cultivate Cultural Change

Many employers initiate employee wellness...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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