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With 2020 around the corner, we’re excited to continue pushing the envelope when it comes to fresh thinking, innovation and relevant content to help drive your employee benefits strategy forward.

Before diving into the new year, let’s take a second to revisit your favorite Fresh Thinking blog posts of the year.

  1. HSA Requirements for Adult Dependents

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Having gone through benefits renewals with employer groups of all sizes over the years, I have seen firsthand the importance of a well-planned and thoughtfully executed open enrollment.

Although the selection of benefits is a necessary step to prepare for open enrollment, there are a multitude of other aspects that are just as important. Many employers are under the impression that they have the open enrollment process down, but a recent study revealed that about 41%...

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We’ve all seen a meme or cartoon that pokes fun at “Monday morning blues,” but if dreading going to the office is more than a passing laugh and becomes chronic, it can lead to serious health concerns.

The average person spends over 90,000 hours at work throughout their life, and 8 out of 10 people don’t effectively manage stress leading to (well, you guessed it): burnout.

What’s new?

“Burnout is now considered an occupational phenomenon included in the World Health...

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You’ve spent time implementing your company’s new benefits package, worked alongside your benefits administrator to create an excellent communications plan, but 3 to 6 months into the plan year, you are getting a lot of questions. What’s going on?

Employees focus so much on the enrollment process, impact to their paycheck, etc., that only once they start utilizing the plan do all their questions arise. It’s possible they’ve forgotten about the protection of out of...

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On June 17, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) posted final regulations, now formally referred to as 458 CMR 2.00 (Code of Massachusetts Regulations), that went into effect as of July 1st.

The final regulations do not feature changes from the previous draft that was released by the Department. Most of the changes were adjustments made for clarification of processes and corrections in grammar. However, there were some changes that are...

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On June 12, 2019, an announcement was released regarding a delay in the initial compliance requirements relative to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (MPFML) regulations. New information has since become available. Below are the details regarding the delay, which were made available by the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) in an advisory notice released on June 14, 2019.

Compliance Deadline for Distribution of Employee/Covered Individual Acknowledgement...

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How the Pursuit of Purpose Drives Productivity

Did you know that feeling connected to a sense of purpose is the largest contributor to overall employee wellbeing, according to a study published by Gallup? Only a fraction of the U.S. Labor market reports that they would use career and purpose interchangeably. Many employees do not feel their job is meaningful; instead, they view their job as a means to an end.

So, what’s wrong with showing up and collecting a paycheck?

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In the past, the overall success of a health & wellbeing program was defined by a desperate attempt to demonstrate hard dollar savings in the form of a return on investment (ROI).

While most employers embark on the journey of wellness with the ultimate goal of reducing healthcare costs (i.e., claims reduction/medical cost savings), employers are beginning to recognize the benefits of offering a health and wellbeing program far exceed health plan cost savings. A measure of Value on...

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4 Steps to Enhancing Your Benefits Offerings to Meet the Needs of an Ever-changing Workforce

The primary objective of any strategic plan, specifically an employee benefits strategic plan, is to address internal and external factors that will impact the development of an effective benefits program that drives business growth. By building a strong, long-term strategy, you’ll build consensus among key business stakeholders. When an HR professional elects to develop a 3-5-year benefits...

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Recently, I had the opportunity to hear some of the most interesting and credible views on where our healthcare system may be heading.

For any of you that may be entrenched in our healthcare industry, you are noting a period of rapid change. That’s a positive, and I have compiled some thoughts and insights from a few industry leaders focused on the changes to come.

  1. Value-Based Healthcare

The move to...

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