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It’s that time of year again. There’s a crispness in the air combined with an energy that is simultaneously exciting and scary. As the shadows cast longer and the kids head back to school, HR professionals face their own early-fall ritual: open enrollment.
 
October 19, 2017

Aging Workforce Means Rethinking Benefit Strategies

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October 9, 2015

Noncash Rewards Most Effective When Tied to Values

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September 9, 2015

From HR Magazine: No Salary Negotiations Allowed

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September 2, 2015
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Give Your Dental Plan a Checkup

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August 26, 2015
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Urge to Merge: What to Expect from Fewer but Bigger Vendors

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July 28, 2015

The Viability of Banning Salary Negotiations

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July 10, 2015

Keeping Sales Compensation on the Rails

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June 1, 2015

Is a Living Wage All the Rage?

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May 4, 2015

 

Despite higher productivity, the share of income flowing back to workers has diminished

For the past several years, wage and salary surveys in the U.S. have consistently shown annual increases of about 3 percent across employee groups. And despite ongoing evidence of economic recovery and growth, employers have made few, if any, strides toward increasing salaries and are not expected to do so anytime soon.

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January 28, 2015

 

Performance is undermined when employees don’t understand the incentive plan or its metrics

Finding the right mix of incentives necessary to maximize employee performance can be a challenge. However, as employers continue to rely more heavily on variable pay to supplement flat salary-increase budgets, relevant, actionable and easily understandable performance metrics become an even more important element of effective incentive programs.

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January 19, 2015

 

As corporate health exchanges evolve, there are more factors to weigh

 

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December 18, 2014

 

Design educational partnerships to achieve the employer’s goals and objectives

      

As some large U.S. companies announce partnerships with educational institutions to give their employees access to free or discounted degree programs, other employers are watching closely.

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December 17, 2014
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When employers want to customize their voluntary benefits program, they have plenty of options. The list can include anything from employer-negotiated banking fees and travel insurance to a dry cleaning pick-up and drop-off service and discounted days at amusement parks.

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June 18, 2014

If an organization’s short-term incentive programs are not driving better employee performance, they are just wasting money.

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June 10, 2014
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Be prepared to explain your rationale for changing the incentive mix 

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May 6, 2014

Whether or not Congress votes to boost the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, plenty of employers are responding to minimum-wage increasesbeing imposed at the state and local levels, some of which are subject to automatic raises tied to inflation.

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February 19, 2014
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With all of the attention being paid to the public health insurance exchanges established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), it's easy to overlook the growth in private health insurance exchanges that has taken place in recent years.

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January 6, 2014
Beyond the traditional benefits menu most employers offer—health, life and disability insurance, along with retirement savings vehicles—lies a landscape of alternative benefits that are as unique as the organizations offering them.
 
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July 19, 2013

New penalties for fully insured plans that favor highly compensated employees

Although employers can be forgiven for focusing on the more pressing elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that take effect in January 2014, there is another provision of the law that is not yet getting much attention—and it should.

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June 4, 2013