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.


Don't Fly Blind With Your Employees' Health Care Coverage: The Time for Literacy Is Now.
Bergstrom, Kathy; NewsBriefs; v36 pp 19-20 1st Qtr 2018; journal article

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Abstract : To support health and health insurance literacy, the author recommends that employers focus on four areas. Based on a presentation at the 2017 Symposium.
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Maximizing One-on-One Communication With Millenials - Style Counts.
Hollingsworth, Jan A.; Plans & Trusts; v36 no1 pp 20-24 Jan-Feb 2018

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Abstract : Despite their frequent use of technology, Millenials still value face-to-face meetings in the workplace. Benefits professionals who learn to adapt to individual communication styles can increase the effectiveness of pensions and benefits information through one-on-one interactions.
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What's Working: Building an Online Connection.
Hartman, Robert J.; Plans & Trusts; v36 no1 pp 4-6 Jan-Feb 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) launched The Sandbox website in October 2015 as a collaborative space that brings together wellness champions to discover resources, share ideas and discuss best practices.
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Designing a Workplace Financial Wellness Program.
Ford, Brian Nelson; Benefits Magazine; v54 n12 pp 28-33 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The workplace can be an ideal place to deliver financial education, which fits in with other employee benefits such as compensation and health care. This article offers tips for developing, kicking off and operating a financial wellness program.
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Direct Contracting and Bundling: Remedies for Rising Health Care Costs.
Haberichter, Eric; Benefits Magazine; v54 n12 pp 22-26 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Direct contracting and health care bundling are emerging strategies for self-funded benefit plans seeking greater predictability and control over health care costs.
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Setting Up For Success: Wellness Strategies for Multiemployer Plans.
Paralkar, Sadhna; Benefits Magazine; v54 n12 pp 16-21 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Multiemployer wellness programs may improve their chances of success by properly designing incentives, using on-site clinics and taking advantage of increased use of smartphones.
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The Age of Individualized Benefits.
Bergstrom, Kathy; NewsBriefs; v35 pp 25-26 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Implementing or expanding a voluntary employee benefits program can help employers meet growing demand for more individualized benefits while ultimately improving worker welll-being.
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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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Failure to Timely Produce Plan Documents Warrants Statutory Penalty.
Benefits Quarterly; v33 no4 pp 47-48 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : A penalty against a plan administrator for failing to timely produce plan documents concerning a participant's claim for long-term disability benefits is warranted under ERISA. However, a penalty is not warranted under ERISA for failure to timely produce e-mail communications.
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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

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
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

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
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

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
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

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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What's Working: Transformational Consolidation of Benefit Plans.
Hartman, Robbie; Plans & Trusts; v35 no4 pp 4-7 Jul-Aug 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
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

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
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

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : A humorous list regarding benefits communication.
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