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.


15 Technology Trends That Can Elevate Your Wellness Program.
Mittag, Anna; Benefits Magazine; v55 no6 pp 26-31 Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Technology such as wearables and wellness apps can boost wellness program participation and engagement. This article identifies 15 technology trends that have the potential to improve wellness programs.
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Beyond Wellness: A Holistic Approach to Health Management.
Cook, Troy J.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no6 pp 20-25 Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Health plan sponsors can combat rising health care costs and improve employee health by creating interventions that target the specific health need of every individual within the employee population.
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Postmerger Claims for Severance Benefits Partially Survive.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no6 pp 59-60 Jun 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California grants in part and denies in part the motion by the defendant technology company to dismiss claims by plaintiff former employees and employee benefits plan participants alleging that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
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Building an Effective Online Strategy.
Otten, Jillian R.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no5 pp 34-39 May 2018; journal article

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Abstract : A successful digital communications strategy can help employee benefit funds achieve organizational goals. The author offers tips for improving websites and communicating through social media and mobile apps.
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The Underconnected: Many Plan Participants Lack Access and Skills to Fully Engage With Technology.
Wooton, Carey R.; Benefits Quarterly; v34 no2 pp 35-39 2nd Qtr 2018; journal article

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Abstract : For plan sponsors with a significant percentage of participants who do not have access to the technology taking over our benefit plans, there is a worry that these participants will be left behind. Participants in this position feel frustrated and angry because they have difficulties connecting to their benefits. Plan sponsors in this area also have a great deal of frustration as vendors implement no-paper systems, roll out automation and use other technology that makes participants more disconnected from their benefits. The more disconnected these participants become, the less they will appreciate the benefits provided by the employer.
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Washington Update: Final Disability Claims Regulations Effective April 1.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no5 pp 65, 69 May 2018; journal article

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Abstract : The Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would implement its final regulations on disability claims procedures effective April 1, 2018. The final regulations impose procedural protections and consumer safeguards on disability claims similar to those that apply to group health plans under the Affordable Care Act.
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Conversation with Joanna M. Pineda.
Plans & Trusts; v36 no2 pp 24-25 Mar 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Joanna Pineda, CEO of Matrix Group International, Inc., discusses using social media for apprenticeship programs.
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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 well-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

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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

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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

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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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