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Trends and Innovations in Employee Benefits: Ideas You Need to Know

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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For the past several years, we've produced an annual Trends and Innovations in Employee

 Benefits report. This report compiles some of the biggest trends, ideas, and initiatives impacting organizations and companies with respect to employee benefits, engagement, and human capitol management. As we prepared for our tenth installment our team worked diligently to continue our mission of delivering fresh, forward-thinking topics with high quality ideas shared from industry leaders, practitioners, and peers. 

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Overcoming Unique Retirement Challenges in the Non-Profit Sector

Alex Assaley, AIF®

Alex Assaley, AIF®

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Anyone who works in Human Resources knows the positive effect offering high-quality employee benefit programs can have on a workforce. They attract the best potential candidates for new jobs and foster a sense of loyalty and support among current staff, to name a few. No matter the size or industry, administering employee benefits, particularly the retirement plan, can be a complicated process. While the same basic goal may apply to companies and organizations, non-profit organizations face unique challenges when ensuring their retirement plan benefit is the best fit for employees, as well as the organization. 

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Is Financial Wellness Making an Impact for Employees?

“Are my employees on track for their financial picture?”

It's a question we get asked all the time, and whether you're an employee at an organization, an HR  executive, or a Retirement Plan Committee member, everyone wants to know if financial wellness programs are worth all the “buzz”. In this short video, I give my thoughts on why meaningful financial wellness programs are so essential, and I also encourage anyone to check out our 2017 whitepaper, Beyond Retirement: An Examination of Financial Wellness for Employers. This report aims to provide a clearer picture of what an average working American's financial situation looks like and how organizations can create programs to help their employees reach goals throughout their career for today, tomorrow, and their long-term future. 

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4 Reasons To Not Miss Our 2018 Employee Symposium

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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Every year we host our Employee Benefits Symposium,  our signature event which brings together HR & Benefits professionals for a day of networking, education, and fiduciary training. If you've never attended one of our symposiums, then you're in for a real treat. We provide attendees the tools to head back to their organization with forward-thinking knowledge that can be used to enhance their organization's benefits and employee engagement. This year, we've packed our agenda with engaging presentations that cover new trending topics, such as how to communicate with your employees, and "oldies but goodies" like HSAs and technology integration, all presented by speakers at the top of their fields. Audience participation is not only asked for but encouraged. This is a chance to for open discussion with thought leaders in the industry, so be sure to take advance of the opportunity.

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3 Trends from 2017 HR & Employee Benefit Professionals Need to Know About

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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We are more than halfway through 2017 and this year has already seen its fair share of changes and that includes the world of employee benefits. Earlier this year at our Employee Benefits Symposium, we heard from a variety of industry experts on what's happening across the entire benefits landscape, spanning retirement plans, health care, technology, and more. 

With inspiration from our Symposium, here are the three can't-miss trends from 2017 to help organizations create strong benefit packages that attract top talent, retain great employees, and promote a positive company culture. 

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Be Careful What You Tell Employees About Their Benefits

This content was originally published  by Theodore P. Stein, Esq.

On March 13, 2018, the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland, issued a Memorandum Opinion in one of my cases granting summary judgment to my client, a defendant, and dismissing a claim that my client had breached its fiduciary duty under ERISA, the federal statute governing employee benefit plans.  The case is Damiano v. Institute for In Vitro Sciences, et al.  Although the Court ruled in favor of the defendant, the decision should be a wake-up call to employers about the danger of misrepresenting the benefits under a welfare or pension plan—even if the misrepresentation is accidental.

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