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Private medical insurance becomes most important employee benefit

Employee Benefits

Private medical insurance (PMI) has become the most important perk that employees look for in their benefits package, according to new research by Zest. The employee benefits technology platform’s findings highlight growing challenges in the UK around access to healthcare, as more people explore private provision as opposed to solely relying on public healthcare, due to growing waiting lists.

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12 types of employee stipends and examples of each

PeopleKeep

Offering robust employee benefits can greatly help companies that are looking to attract and retain top talent. In addition to offering traditional benefits like health insurance or retirement contributions, more employers are offering stipends to employees. These are additional funds an employer provides to cover specific employee expenses on a one-time basis or on a regular cadence.

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Why food access might be the next big thing in healthcare benefits

Employee Benefit News

Samantha Citro-Alexander, CEO of Bitewell, explains why food is essential to preventative care.

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Webinar Replay: SECURE 2.0 and the Impacts of Employer Matching for Student Loan Payments

McDermott Will & Emery Employee Benefits

Student loan debt is set once again to impact millions of American workers. Fortunately, starting next year, employers will have new ways to help employees navigate student loan debt. Provisions of the SECURE 2.0 Act will allow employers to provide employer-matching contributions based on their employees’ qualified student loan repayments outside the plan.

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HR in 2025: Insights & Predictions

What type of worker is most engaged—hybrid, remote, or onsite? What are the drivers of effective leadership? What does the C-suite think HR is most responsible for? And why is a wave of HR resignations more likely in the next 12 months? Get our annual survey report to find out: The #1 challenge of recruiting & hiring Why remote teams are struggling What are the drivers of effective (and ineffective) leadership And lots more!

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How to Protect Yourself in Today’s Scary Economic Environment

Money Talk

I recently taught a class with the same title as this post. It began with a summary of recent “scary” economic events: recession fears, rising interest rates, bank failures, volatile stock prices, increased costs of basic expenses due to inflation, layoffs, low savings rates, increasing credit card APRs and household debt, housing unaffordability, and more.

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Workplace Ethics [Episode 5] Jacob Ficner on Managing Ethical Risk with Technology

HR Bartender

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Organizations want to operate in an ethical manner. They also want to be effective and efficient. There’s no reason that organizations have to compromise on doing it all. It starts with building a good foundation of ethics. But then organizations need to think about how to maintain ethics, no different that regularly examining data and information to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.

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Two-thirds of UK staff do not feel connected at work

Employee Benefits

Two-thirds of UK employees do not feel a sense of connection and belonging at work, according to research by employee engagement and HR technology firm Reward Gateway. Its survey of 1,000 UK employees in organisations with a headcount of more than 100 also found that 24% of respondents often experience loneliness at work. Gen Z workers aged between 18 and 24 years were the most likely age group to feel this way,with 32% saying this is the case, despite 81% workers having a social network at work

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Workers increasingly concerned that AI will come for their job in the very near future

Workplace Insight

Two thirds of IT workers and nearly half of office workers think that generative AI may come for their jobs within five years, according to a new report from Ivanti. The poll of nearly 8,000 respondents worldwide also suggests that 57 percent of people report ‘serious friction’ with workplace technology at least weekly and 61 percent say negative experiences with work tech affects their morale.

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PayrollOrg Vice President Ronald Gilson, CPP, Selected to Serve on IRS ETAAC

PayrollOrg

PayrollOrg is pleased to announce that Vice President Ronald Gilson, CPP, was selected to serve on the IRS’s Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee.

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The Employers Guide to Controlling Cancer

About 40% of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime, and patients are getting younger. At the same time, the cost of treatment continues to rise, with employers spending 8.5% more on cancer care for each employee than they did last year. The best thing employers can do for their employees and business tomorrow is to invest in cancer detection and care today.

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Ninth Circuit: Changes to a Services Agreement Require Consideration of Indirect Compensation

Proskauer's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensa

A recent Ninth Circuit decision has generated considerable controversy amongst employee benefits practitioners by holding that plan fiduciaries engaged in prohibited transactions when they amended the plan’s existing recordkeeping contract to add brokerage and investment advisory services. In so ruling, the Court remanded the case to the district court to consider whether the transactions fell within the exemption for reasonable service agreements and, independently, whether it was imprudent for

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Santander and Thames Valley Police recognised at Menopause Friendly Awards

Employee Benefits

Banking organsiation Santander, Department for Education and Thames Valley Police were recognised at the 2023 Menopause Friendly Employer Awards. Hosted by Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace and sponsored by HSBC UK, First Direct, Marks and Spencer Bank and Peppy, the awards were presented by broadcaster Louise Minchin last week. Now in its second year, the awards recognise organisations and individuals who have committed to provide support, solutions and resources to normalise menopause in t

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Remote and hybrid working may have significant impact on carbon footprint

Workplace Insight

Fully remote workers can have a 54 percent lower carbon footprint compared with fully in-office workers, and all forms of remote and hybrid working have the potential to cut emissions, according to a new study from researcher at Cornell University and sponsored by Microsoft. The authors conclude that lifestyle choices and work arrangements playing an essential role in determining the environmental benefits of remote and hybrid work.

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PayrollOrg Contacts DOL About Bank Failures

PayrollOrg

PayrollOrg recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on wage and hour/pay period requirements and the impact of bank failures.

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Game Plan Total Rewards Consulting: We Solve [period].

Game Plan Total Rewards provides strategic consulting and project management services for Total Rewards, HR Operations, and Mental Health programs. From 50 to 50,000+ employees, all industries, we are experienced in working with all sizes and types of organizations and can support globally given our experience in over 30 countries.

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The Power Of Health Coaching At Work

Wellable

Health coaching: A solution for rising healthcare costs, a workforce well-being booster, and an organizational savings driver. The post The Power Of Health Coaching At Work appeared first on Wellable.

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Exclusive: RSPCA to discuss employee engagement at Employee Benefits Live 2023

Employee Benefits

Sarita Coleman, head of reward at the RSPCA, will present a session about employee engagement on the first day of Employee Benefits Live 2023. Titled Employee benefits: staff engagement is key , the session will cover employee benefits and the importance of staff engagement, how not to assume that all employees know what is available or relevant to them, how to look inwardly at existing offerings to avoid duplication and confusion, and that communication is king when it comes to maximising offer

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The Fourth Wave

Florida Workers' Comp

The United States continues to be the target of an illogical madness. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently explained How the fentanyl crisis' fourth wave has hit every corner of the US. I remember in the 1990s when I first heard of Fentanyl and the various doctors who expressed their eager and adoring attitudes toward it. There were many orthopedic patients suffering intractable pain and we were all led by the physicians into the opioid expansion.

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IRS Pauses Processing of New ERC Claims Due to Scams

PayrollOrg

On September 14, the IRS announced it will not process any new employee retention credit (ERC) claims to help protect businesses from scams.

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New Report from 3,500+ Employers Confirms Retention is a Top HR Priority in 2024

The first report from Gallagher’s 2024 US Workforce Trends Report Series, includes data from 3,500+ employers who participated in the 2024 US Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey. The report provides benchmarks for benefits, HR and people strategies to help organizations thrive. Organizations continue to rank retention as the top priority for HR, and second highest for operations.

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Amazing And Terrible: What It’s Like To Work With Elon Musk

Wellable

Working for Elon Musk: "amazing and terrible". Explore the dualities of Musk's leadership and learn lessons for success. The post Amazing And Terrible: What It’s Like To Work With Elon Musk appeared first on Wellable.

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How to Implement Genuine Sustainability Initiatives at Work

Employee Benefits

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘sustainability’? Green plants filling the office, colour-coded recycling bins or an array of reusable coffee cups? There are many small ways we can take eco-friendly approaches within the workplace. But when we look at the scale of the climate crisis we’re dealing with, it highlights how important it is for businesses to take bold, direct action.

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Employee financial wellness: Why it matters in the workplace

Insperity

When you think about employee wellness, categories like physical, emotional and social probably first come to mind. But what is your organization doing to prioritize employee financial wellness? For employees, their personal financial wellness is an acute concern right now. So, what can employers do to address these mostly external factors that can impact employee wellbeing?

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Accommodating employees with visual impairments

Business Management Daily

About 18.4% of all U.S. adults are visually impaired, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means they are blind or have a great deal of difficulty seeing even when wearing prescription glasses. The causes vary. Some visually impaired people have eye diseases like macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.

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How to Design a People-First Benefits Package for Your Unique Team

Benefits are central to any HR strategy. A strong benefits package attracts top talent, boosts engagement, and retains top performers.

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Vision expenses piling up? Use your HSA or FSA

WEX Inc.

Visual health is a vital component of overall well-being, and unexpected eye-related expenses can put a strain on your finances. However, for participants of health savings accounts (HSAs) or medical flexible spending accounts (FSAs) , there are ways to alleviate the financial burden associated with vision-related costs. Let’s explore a few common vision-related questions as it relates to your HSA or medical FSA.

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The one thing that will boost workplace productivity within days

Employee Benefits

The one thing that will boost workplace productivity within days It’s a common issue in today’s stretched workplaces. How can organisations get the most out of their workforce to hit company goals, while maintaining a happy, healthy workforce; avoiding overloading staff and potential burnout? It’s a tricky balance to achieve, but there is one small thing that could transform your employees’ productivity – with almost instant results.

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Striving for more: Associate educational support programs

UMB: Emplooyee Benefits

To stay competitive, companies must foster and develop talent. Here's how UMB supports associates' professional growth and education. The post Striving for more: Associate educational support programs appeared first on Financial insights for individuals and businesses.

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Risk Scores Impact Employee Benefit Costs

AssuredPartners

Over the past several years, we’ve seen unprecedented medical inflation, causing many employers to ask how to control benefit costs and increase productivity. After exhausting the supply side of healthcare through decreased benefits, spousal carve-outs, etc., employers seem to be running out of options. One current strategy is to look at the demand side of healthcare – lowering employer and employee risks using wellness programs and improved population management.

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Create a Culture of Belonging

Ready to boost employee happiness, improve inclusion, and make a positive impact on morale? From fostering cooperation and collaboration to promoting inclusivity and community impact, our checklist covers it all! Create the kind of workplace where employees feel valued, motivated, and invested in your success.