Communication of Benefits

Foundation Publication Search Results

These summaries were compiled from Foundation Publications Search, a database of articles, research reports and books published by the International Foundation and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.


Millennials and Money: Five Steps for Helping Younger Employees.
Harrison, Brenton; Benefits Magazine; v54 no11 pp 40-45 Nov 2017; journal article

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Abstract : With record levels of student debt and a tendency to switch jobs more frequently, Millennials face a set of financial challenges that may differ from other age groups. The author offers tips for employers to help Millennial workers address these obstacles.
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What's Working: Plan, Engage, Change!
Hartman, Robert J.; Plans & Trusts; v35 no6 pp 6-8 Nov-Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The City of Kelowna offers a wellness program that continues to examine new ways to succeed nearly 20 years after its inception.
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Managing the Impact of State and Local Leave Laws.
Nines, Agnes; Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 pp 44-49 Oct 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Keeping up with the multitude of state and local laws that regulate family and other types of leave is a complicated task. This article describes best practices for developing a leave management policy.
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Washington Update: Mental Health Parity Implementation FAQ and Draft Model Form.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 p 68 Oct 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : On June 16, 2017, the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and treasury issued a frequently asked question (FAQ) document regarding implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), as amended by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, as well as a draft model form to help participants request information from health plan regarding mental health benefits.
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Getting More From Health Screenings.
Desai, Pete; Benefits Magazine; v54 no9 pp 46-51 Sep 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Workplace health screenings have the potential to catch serious health problems early, thereby improving work health status and outcomes. To operate a successful screening program, however, employers must address issues including communication with health plan participants and coordination with physicians.
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The Returning Retiree.
Chamzuk, Lisa; Plans & Trusts; v35 no5 pp 12-16 Sep-Oct 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Research indicates a growing number of retirees are deciding to return to work, which could have an impact on health and welfare trusts and pension plans. Awareness of and preparation for the regulatory issues surrounding prolonged employment and returning retirees can help administrators protect plans legally and financially.
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What's Working: Better Benefits for Better Mental Health.
Hartman, Robbie; Plans & Trusts; v35 no5 pp 4-5 Sep-Oct 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Up to 20% of Canadians will experience a mental illness during their lives, but nearly half of people who have suffered from depression of anxiety have not sought treatment because of the fear of discrimination or the stigma associated with mental illness, or because of the cost of treatment. Manulife discovered its workers wanted more support for mental health and increased its mental health benefits.
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What's Working: Introducing Health Plan Choice.
Bergstrom, Kathy; NewsScope; v35 no2 pp 22-24 Sep 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : The trustees of a Chicago, Illinois-area health fund knew the current trend of increasing contributions for health care coverage was unsustainable, but they didn't want to cut member benefits. So they turned to members to help solve the problem.
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What's Working: Winning By Losing...Debt.
Bergstrom, Kathy; Benefits Magazine; v54 no9 pp 10-12 Sep 2017; journal article

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Abstract : In their work helping customers apply for and qualify for home loans, employees at Movement Mortgage get a front-row view of the impact poor financial decisions can have on people's lives.
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Benefit Fringe: Communicating Benefits Is No (Knock-Knock) Joke.
CEBS Advantage; v35 no2 p 19 Aug 2017; journal article

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Abstract : A tongue-in-cheek list about benefits communication.
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Benefit Trends: Employers Emphasize Worker Well-Being.
Held, Justin; Benefits Magazine; v54 no8 pp 8-10 Aug 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Among the findings in "Workplace Wellness Trends: 2017 Survey Results," an International Foundation report, is a shift in employer rationale for offering wellness initiatives as evidenced by offerings that extend beyond physical health to address community and social health, employee growth and purpose, and mental health.
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The Rise of the Mobile Devices: Putting Benefit Communication in Your Participants' Hands.
Hillard, Tupper; Benefits Magazine; v54 no7 pp 28-32 Jul 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Most of your participants are likely using smartphones or tablets at work, at home or both. These handheld devices may represent an opportunity to reach formerly hard-to-reach participants with your benefit communication.
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Telehealth Benefits on the Rise Despite Low Employee Utilization.
Mazur, Lisa Schmitz; NewsBriefs; v35 pp 8-11 3rd Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Telehealth services are expected to become more common, but employees need to know the benefits exist and how to access them. Besides improving their education efforts, plan sponsors must be aware of state and federal legal and compliance issues.
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What's Working: Transformational Consolidation of Benefit Plans.
Hartman, Robbie; Plans & Trusts; v35 no4 pp 4-7 Jul-Aug 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The education sector in Ontario is in the midst of a transformative undertaking for the consolidation of benefit plans--a complex effort requiring joint communication and coordination between teacher federations, education sector unions and employee groups, trustee associations, school boards, the shared service provider, and the Minister of Education.
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Benefit Fringe: Communicating Benefits Is No (Knock-Knock) Joke.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no6 p 66 Jun 2017; journal article

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Abstract : A tongue-in-cheek list about benefits communication.
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Delivering Bad News.
Anreder, Ellen T.; Benefits Magazine; v54 no6 pp 36-40 Jun 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Communicating information like a reduction or change in benefits is never easy. The author offers tips to help benefit plan trustees and professional prepare participants for such news and outlines the pros and cons of various communication channels.
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In the Know: Communicating Benefits Is No (Knock-Knock) Joke.
Plans & Trusts; v35 no3 p 43 May-Jun 2017; journal article

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Abstract : A humorous list regarding benefits communication.
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Retirement Security: Helping Workers Invest and Stay on Track.
Bonner, Patricia A.; CEBS Advantage; v35 no1 pp 10-15 May 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Once workers have begun saving for retirement, they must make important decisions about how savings are invested. Employers can help educate them about their options and provide services and benefits to help them avoid retirement saving pitfalls. Part three of a four-part series.
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What's Working: Introducing Health Plan Choice.
Bergstrom, Kathy; Benefits Magazine; v54 no5 pp 12-14 May 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : The trustees of a Chicago, Illinois-area health fund knew the current trend of increasing contributions for health care coverage was unsustainable, but they didn't want to cut member benefits. So they turned to members to help solve the problem.
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What's Working: Boosting Retirement Readiness.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no4 pp 10-11 Apr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : In December 2016, when many are focused on giving gifts to others, a Michigan public retirement system reminded plan participants to give a gift to themselves: a secure retirement.
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What's Working: Communicating Change.
Hartman, Robbie; Plans & Trusts; v35 no2 pp 4-6 Mar-Apr 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Amid the many challenges that come with pension plan conversions, a plan needs a broad communications strategy. It must identify constituents, create a plan of action and assess how well member understand the complications.
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Five Keys to Communicating Health Benefits.
Srivastava, Prashant; Benefits Magazine; v54 no2 pp 32-36 Feb 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Health benefits can be complex and confusing, yet many employees don't bother to read the benefits information their employer provides. The author offers five suggestions for creating more effective benefits communication.
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Telehealth Benefits on the Rise Despite Low Employee Utilization.
Mazur, Lisa Schmitz; Benefits Magazine; v54 no2 pp 14-18 Feb 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Telehealth services are expected to become more common, but employees need to know the benefits exist and how to access them. Besides improving their education efforts, plan sponsors must be aware of state and federal legal and compliance issues.
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Moving Beyond The Hype: Choosing a Wellness Vendor That Gets Results.
Hughes, Rosemary Manning; Gill, Suzannah; Benefits Magazine; v54 no1 pp 36-41 Jan 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : Each organization’s workforce, culture and wellness needs are different. It’s important to ask and answer a number of questions before deciding which wellness vendor is the best fit.
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What's Working: Making Wellness a Family Affair.
Bergstrom, Kathy; Plans & Trusts; v35 no1 pp 4-6 Jan-Feb 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbers and Pipefitting Industry Local 496 offers a wellness program to its members and retired members. Reaching spouses and partners is one part of a strategy to get plan members engaged in the program.
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