Employee Benefits Report – June 2023

The Healthcare Affordability Gap: Employer Confidence Meets Employee Skepticism

pills and dollarsThe burden of paying for healthcare benefits has grown substantially for many employers. As the average expense for employee healthcare is projected by the Society for Human Resources Management to increase by 6.5 percent in 2023, surpassing $13,800 per employee, businesses of all sizes struggle to balance their budgets while ensuring their workforce remains healthy and productive. Read on for details.

Reimagining Retirement: The Case for a Return to Pension Plans

two empty adirondac chairsAs the retirement crisis looms, experts are exploring innovative solutions to ensure a secure financial future for America’s workforce. One such solution is a return to pension plans, which could provide the stability and affordability employers and employees seek. Read on for details.

Rethinking Employee Benefits: Strategies for Enhancing Worker Satisfaction

employee meetingRecent data reveals a troubling trend: employee satisfaction with workplace benefits has reached its lowest point in a decade, falling to 61 percent in 2023 from 64 percent in 2022.
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Supporting Employee Mental Health After Tragic Events

rubber stampsArising number of mass shootings have been reported across the United States in recent years, with a significant increase in 2023. These tragic events considerably impact employees’ mental health, making it essential for employers to offer support in these challenging times. E Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – May 2023

Tripledemic Presents More Challenges for Employers

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Employers across various industries face unprecedented challenges as they deal with the surge in employee absences caused by the simultaneous spread of COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Read on for details.

Harnessing AI and Data Science to Revolutionize Workplace Safety

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and data science are having a transformative impact on workplace safety. Read on for details.


How to Provide Benefits Equitably for Both Remote and Onsite Employees

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on the world of work, including a rapid shift in employee benefits needs and preferences.
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Biden Vetoes Attempt to Overturn ESG Rule

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On March 20, President Joe Biden vetoed the US Senate’s vote to overturn the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) rule, which allows retirement plan fiduciaries to consider ESG factors when selecting investments. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – April 2023

New Labor Policies to Be Aware of in 2023

2023 promises to bring sweeping changes for employers and the employee experience. A host of new labor laws, rules, and regulations are set to come into effect in the coming year, with a focus on wage equity, expanded healthcare benefits, and other initiatives. Read on for details.

Biden Administration’s ESG DOL Rule Under Fire from Multiple Fronts

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) new rule on “Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights,” which allows for consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors when making investment decisions, has come under fire from multiple fronts. Read on for details.

How Employers Can Benefit from Accommodating Disabled Workers

President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law on July 26, 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that forbids individuals with disabilities from being discriminated against in all areas of public life, including employment, transportation, and public and private places open to the general public. Read on for details.

Telehealth Services, Mental Healthcare, and the Consolidation Appropriations Act of 2023

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 was signed into law on December 29, 2022, by President Biden. This $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill is set to fund the US federal government for the 2023 fiscal year. It includes several provisions that will significantly impact telehealth and mental health care services in the coming year. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – March 2023

New DOL Rule Would Have Retirement Plans Consider Environmental and Social Factors

On November 22, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) introduced new regulations that allow retirement plans to factor in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations when choosing investments and exercising shareholder rights. This update to legislation previously established in 2020 gives 401(k) participants access to climate-friendly funds and other ESG-focused options. Read on for details.

How Employers Can Maintain Worker Well-Being with Leaner Budgets

As businesses across the country struggle to adjust their budgets during an uncertain economic climate, ensuring employee well-being has become increasingly difficult.
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Do Rewards Programs Really Help Employee Retention?

Many companies have implemented rewards programs to retain employees and keep them engaged, motivated, and committed. The idea is that employees will be more satisfied with their job if they are rewarded for their hard work and dedication.
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Proposed Changes to the VFCP Would Make Self-Correction Easier

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration recently proposed an update to its Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program that would allow employers and retirement plan officials to report self-correction of late deposits electronically. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – February 2023

Top 5 Benefits Concerns of Employers in 2023

As HR teams re-evaluate their offerings in the coming year, they are focused on providing the best employee benefits in the most efficient ways. To help teams make informed decisions, one benefits firm, Nava Benefits, collected information about choices made by HR teams from over 600 vendors across 28 benefit categories. Read on for details.

How to Help Employees Accelerate Retirement Savings  

With retirement just around the corner for many, employees are increasingly concerned about their financial future for several reasons, including recent economic events, personal financial issues, or job changes.
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SECURE Act 2.0: What Employers Should Know

At the end of December 2022, the SECURE Act 2.0 cleared both houses of Congress as part of an omnibus end of year appropriation. The Act is a package of bills focused on retirement that expands on provisions from the original SECURE Act enacted in 2019. Read on for details.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fees Rise for 2023

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on November 14, 2022, that Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees for health plans for plan years ending in 2022 will increase for the 2023 calendar year. The fees are collected annually and are due by July 31, 2023. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – January 2023

Annual Health FSA Contribution Limit to Increase in 2023

laptopOn October 18th, the IRS announced that the annual contribution limit in 2023 for health flexible spending accounts (health FSAs) will be increased to $3,050 — double the $100 increase from 2021 to 2022. Read on for details.

How to Encourage Employees to Use Mental Health Resources

group meetingStressors in the workplace can have a profound impact on mental and physical health. The Deloitte Mental Health 2022 Report revealed that more than 80% of respondents experienced at least one adverse mental health symptom. Read on for details.

Employers Can Help Employees Overcome Burnout with Sabbaticals

woman covering her eyesBurnout is a real issue for many employees today. According to the 2022 Deloitte Mental Health Report, 55% of employees reported experiencing burnout, which is not good news for employers. In addition, Mercer’s 2022 Inside Employees’ Minds study revealed that burnout due to a demanding workload is one of the top factors for employees considering leaving their job. Read on for details.

Healthcare Costs to Rise in 2023: Cancer Top Driver

man in hosptial bedAccording to professional services firm Aon, the average cost of healthcare for their own employees will increase by 6.5% next year. This is a significant increase from the 3.7% uptick seen in 2022. This cost increases similar to other cost increases mentioned here and likely due to the increased willingness of Americans to go in-person for testing and treatment now that the pandemic has subsided. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – December 2022

Access to Telemedicine Diminishes

Laptop Telemedicine saw a surge in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it allowed for social distancing and reduced the risk of infection spread. Read on for details.


Five Critical Issues for Employers Reporting for 2023 ACA Compliance

ACA Regs bookAccording to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), applicable large employers (ALEs) are obligated to offer full-time employees and dependents affordable minimum essential health coverage. They must also report to the IRS information about the health coverage plans they offer.
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Businesses Expand Employee Benefits Offerings to Attract and Retain Top Talent

In today’s competitive labor market, offering traditional benefits like healthcare is no longer enough to attract and retain top talent. Business leaders should consider expanding their definition of employee benefits to meet the unique needs of their workforce. By providing a diverse range of benefits, companies can boost morale, increase job satisfaction, and improve retention rates. Read on for details.

Online Tools Help Employees Make Better Benefits Choices, Boost Engagement

LaptopThe traditional enrollment process for employee benefits, which often involved filling out paper forms and waiting for them to be processed, has shifted towards an online platform. Employers are now seeking ways to improve this experience by incorporating decision-support tools.Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – November 2022

Rising Healthcare Costs Compel Employers to Prioritize Plan Affordability

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As healthcare benefits costs continue to rise, 67% of U.S. employers are focused on cost control over the next three years. This is in response to an expected 6% increase in healthcare costs in 2023, compared to the average 5% increase this year. Read on for details.

What to Consider When Choosing a Health Benefits Account

Piggy BankAccording to the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 156,199,800 Americans receive health coverage via employer-sponsored plans. Read on for details.

Inflation Reduction Act (IRA): Healthcare Provisions Employers Should Know

Pills and DollarsPresident Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law on August 16, following House and Senate passage. Read on for details.

Hearing Health Should Be Top Priority

Jogger with earphonesHealth benefits are a top priority for most employers, but hearing health is often overlooked.
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Employee Benefits Report – October 2022

Could Looming Recession Endanger Remote Work?

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The ability to work from home has been a lifeline for many during the COVID-19 pandemic, but some feel that a recession could jeopardize that perk.
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Employers Look to Improve Health and Benefits Offerings Ahead of 2023 Open Enrollment

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Despite the more challenging economic environment, employee turnover rates have not improved significantly. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.2 million people quit their jobs in June 2022, showing little change. Read on for details.

Fertility Treatments Could Be Affected by State Abortion Bans

doctor and coupleIn states where abortion has been banned, fertility treatments could also be affected, even if unintentionally. If the wording of the abortion bans is not careful, it could make some fertility treatments illegal and make it more difficult for people to access them. Read on for details.

Virtual Physical Therapy: The Rise of Telerehabilitation

woman in yoga positionHealthcare experts predict that virtual physical therapy of musculoskeletal conditions will become increasingly popular and will likely comprise a significant portion of telehealth services delivered in the future. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – September 2022

Employers Should Beware of Compliance Issues with Abortion Benefits

couple looking at billThe recent Supreme Court ruling on abortion has left many employers scrambling to understand the impact it will have on their ability to provide health coverage for their employees. Read on for details.

Removing the Stigma Surrounding Debt Benefits

grandparents walkng with grandchildDebt is often a taboo topic, but it’s essential to talk about it openly.
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Can Menopause Benefits Create a Happier, More Productive Workforce?

grandpa and grandson putting money in a piggy bankFor many years, women in the workforce have ignored what makes them different from their male counterparts to prove they are just as capable. Read on for details.

Proposed Overtime Rule Scheduled for October

pre-school The US Department of Labor (DOL) is now expected to release its proposed overtime rule in October, according to the spring regulatory agenda released on June 21st. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – August 2022

Big Increases in Voluntary Benefits Participation

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According to a survey by professional services firm Aon, the number of employers offering voluntary benefits increased by 41 percent from 2021 to 2022.
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DOL Issues Mental Health Parity Act Enforcement Warning

grandparents walkng with grandchildIn 2021, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act to put teeth into the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008. Read on for details.

How to Use Benefits to Improve Talent Acquisition and Retention

grandpa and grandson putting money in a piggy bankWith over 4 million more job openings than employees to fill them, the task of talent acquisition and retention has become a significant challenge for many companies. Read on for details.

Zillennials Challenge Traditional Workplace Conventions

pre-schoolMetLife’s 20th Annual Employee Benefit Trends Study shows job satisfaction has tumbled to a two-decade low. Zillennials – who represent the generation born between 1993 and 1998 – exhibit the lowest level of satisfaction.
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Employee Benefits Report – July 2022

IRS Increases 2023 HSA and HDHP Contributions

couple looking at billIn late April, the IRS announced a significant increase in health savings account (HSA) and high-deductible plan (HDHP) contribution limits prompted by rising inflation. Read on for details.

Making Changes to Caregiving Benefits in the Era of Hybrid Work

grandparents walkng with grandchild The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many workers to adapt their schedules and work styles to accommodate new childcare and eldercare responsibilities. Read on for details.

Best Practices for Substance-Misuse Benefits

grandpa and grandson putting money in a piggy bankThe COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on the nation’s mental health.
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Employers Concerned Over Hybrid Work

pre-school The shift to a hybrid work model has created new challenges for employers, who must now accommodate remote and on-site employees.
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