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Benefits as a Percentage of Payroll Remains Consistent

Benefits as a Percentage of Payroll Remains Consistent

Over the past decade, the International Foundation has gathered benchmarking data on hundreds of benefit offerings through its Employee Benefits Survey. Data is gathered on all facets of employee benefits,… Read more >

Which Benefits Drive Employee Satisfaction?

Which Benefits Drive Employee Satisfaction?

While traditional benefits such as retirement plans and health insurance are an important part of most employers’ benefit packages, the perceived value of supplementary offerings such as leave and work-life… Read more >

ADA: What Employers Need to Know

ADA: What Employers Need to Know

What do long COVID, DEI, neurodiversity, mental health and wellness programs all have in common? They are all points of consideration when employing individuals with disabilities. In the latest Talking… Read more >

Five Key Points to Know About PBGC Special Financial Assistance

Five Key Points to Know About PBGC Special Financial Assistance

During a webcast on August 10, 2021 titled Financial Assistance Program Overview for Financially Troubled Multiemployer Pension Plans, speakers shared insights on the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) special financial… Read more >

How Gender Inclusivity Can Benefit Plan Sponsors and Members

How Gender Inclusivity Can Benefit Plan Sponsors and Members

Increasingly, U.S. and Canadian plan sponsors are offering gender affirmation and gender reassignment benefits as a way to attract and retain top talent, improve mental health outcomes, and foster a… Read more >

COVID-19 Creates Shift in Mental Health Benefits Over Past Two Years

In less than two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new mental health challenges or intensified existing issues for workers across the United States and Canada. Organizations are expanding and… Read more >

Returning to the Workplace? Don’t Lose Sight of Your People Leaders

Returning to the Workplace? Don’t Lose Sight of Your People Leaders

As I wrote in my blog on empathetic leadership, one positive emerging from the pandemic is that it has refocused attention on human needs—from health and wellness, to financial security…. Read more >

Student Loan Assistance Benefits Extended Through 2025

Student Loan Assistance Benefits Extended Through 2025

When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted in March of 2020 allowing employers to make contributions of up to $5,250 toward their employees’ student loans… Read more >