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.


Disaster Planning for Employee Benefits.
Workman, Petula; Benefits Magazine; v55 n10 pp 28-33 Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Would your employees and plan participants be able to access their employee benefits in the event of a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey? This article suggests areas that organizations should plan for to help ensure benefits will be available for workers if disaster strikes.
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What's Working: A Colorful EAP Rebrand.
Benefits Magazine; v55 no10 pp 13-15 Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : T-Mobile's LiveMagenta program is an employee assistance program minus the EAP stigma and with an approach that fits T-Mobile's unconventional attitude.
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Curing Low Health Care Literacy.
Buckey, Kim A.; Benefits Magazine; v55 no 9 pp 16-20 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : How many of your health plan participants can correctly define the terms "deductible" or "copay?" Low health care literacy can drive up health care costs for employees and employers.
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H, Not R: Communicating Benefits to Humans, Not Resources.
Lee, Christopher; Plans & Trusts; v36 no5 pp 24-28 Sep/Oct 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Organizations invest valuable time and resources into providing benefits to employees. Plans can take concrete steps to help enhance appreciation and usage of those benefits - and potentially get more return on investment - through improved communications.
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Seeing Clearly: Vision Benefits.
Gimbel, Bill; Benefits Magazine; v55 no9 pp 50-54 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Whether they are employer-paid or voluntary, vision benefits can help lower the cost of vision care for employees and encourage them to seek routine eye exams. This article discusses available coverage options and what plan sponsors should consider when offering vision benefits.
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What's Working (and What's Not Working) in Financial Wellness Programs.
Davidson, Liz; Benefits Magazine; v55 no9 pp 22-28 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : As the popularity of workplace financial wellness programs grows, organizations may find helpful lessons from the experience of employers with long-term programs. The author describes both successful and not-so-successful strategies for helping workers build good habits and reduce financial stress.
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What's Working: Custom Communications Drive Plan Participation.
Bergstrom, Kathy; Benefits Magazine; v55 no 9 pp 12-14 Sep 2018; journal article

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Abstract : Hennepin Healthcare used a custom communications campaign to boost participation in its retirement plans and increase the amount of money employees were saving.
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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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