Employee Education

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 Your Company Culture Attracting the Millennials' Crowd?

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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Many millennials are looking for their company’s employee benefits program to go beyond the typical healthcare and retirement plan by also addressing other key priorities, such as student loan assistance, financial education, and flexible schedules. While news headlines sometimes turned their demands into stories of “entitled” or “needy” millennials, at the core, their goals are similar to past generations - they want help to take actionable steps towards achieving a healthier lifestyle -  mentally, physically, and financially.

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The 3 Most Common Retirement Questions from Employees Answered

At AFS 401(k), our advisors are constantly in contact with employees from all income levels, educational backgrounds, and industries and we see common themes when it comes to the types of questions they are asking us. Alex Assaley, our Managing Principal, spends most of his time with plan participants helping them navigate their retirement savings. “People need help with this stuff, delivered in a down-to-earth manner that can take them from point A to point B, and let them get on with their day," he says of people's common challenges when dealing with their retirement plan. While we hear a wide variety of questions and concerns from people on a daily basis, here are the three that we hear the most: 

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VIDEO: Are HSAs the Missing Piece to Your Employees' Benefits Package?

As more organizations begin to expand their employee benefits, are Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs, a good fit for your employees? An HSA is a savings vehicle designed to assist with out-of-pocket medical expenses, but it can double as another way for your employees to save for retirement. Currently, only those enrolled in a high-deductible health insurance plan are eligible to take advantage of an HSA. Employees can use the funds to pay for qualified medical expenses such as premium payments, deductibles, copays, and prescriptions.

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State of Emergency: Your Employees "Rainy Day" Fund

As employee benefits professionals, much of your focus is probably towards ensuring employees are saving in the company-sponsored retirement plan. Participation rates, deferral amounts, and match formulas might fill your day-to-day thoughts on the financial standing of employees, and it's for good reason: An employer-sponsored retirement plan has steadfastly become the primary vehicle people in the United States use to save for their futures. 

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Top Three Trends HR & Employee Benefit Executives Need to Know from 2016

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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Many workers may not appreciate the work that their Human Resources department handles, but a well-oiled HR machine may make or break the overall morale and loyalty of employees. In turn, this contributes to the overall success of an organization. Despite this, we find that Human Resource and Employee Benefit professionals are typically short on time, resources, and in some cases, support. This is all the more reason that those working in HR and Benefits need to take extra steps to keep up with new trends, services, and developments within the industry to excel within their important roles. In our 2016 Employee Benefit Trends Report, we highlight some of the significant updates that help both HR professionals and the employees they support.

Here, we've highlighted what we feel are the top three trends most important to ensuring you're creating and maintaining a valuable benefits program within your organization for 2017. 

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New Research: Does Financial Wellness Live Up to the Hype?

Alex Assaley, AIF®

Alex Assaley, AIF®

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It's no secret that financial literacy is not a strong skill for many Americans. In a recent study, it was noted that nearly two-thirds of adults couldn't pass a basic financial literacy test. That fact is not too surprising when you consider that currently, only 4 states require students to take a personal finance class in order to graduate. With rising student loan debt, increases in the cost of living, and medical costs continuing their upward trajectory, how can we get a handle on our financial lives?

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The Financial Un-Wellness of HR

It's no secret that Financial Wellness programs have been rising in popularity for quite some time. There has been an increasing awareness on the part of employers to invest time, energy, and resources into ensuring that employees are financially stable. Historically though, the focus has heavily centered almost solely on retirement planning. Retirement readiness projections, savings rates, and automatic enrollment seem to have been what has primarily been on the minds of Human Resource professionals when it comes to employees' financial lives. 

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