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Mental Health for Essential Workers: Best Practices From an LA Fire Captain

Mental Health for Essential Workers: Best Practices From an LA Fire Captain

Anne Patterson
 

If you’re a regular Talking Benefits listener, you know we’ve frequently covered the topic of mental well-being. This is because of the significant impact this issue has throughout our country and, in turn, throughout our workplaces and employee benefit plans. Mental health […]

What the American Rescue Plan Act Means for Financially Troubled Multiemployer Pension Plans

What the American Rescue Plan Act Means for Financially Troubled Multiemployer Pension Plans

Jenny Gartman, CEBS
 

Listen to this post here. After years of debate on the topic of funding relief for multiemployer pension funds, Congress acted this week with the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Rescue Plan)—likely one of the most significant pieces […]

The State of Defined Contribution Retirement Plans in 2021

The State of Defined Contribution Retirement Plans in 2021

Justin Held, CEBS
 

The number of organizations offering defined contribution (DC) retirement plans has increased over the past two years, making them the primary retirement vehicle for an increasing share of the U.S. workforce. The International Foundation’s 2020 Employee Benefits Survey showed that 87% of […]

Employee Benefits and COVID-19: Changing the Future of Benefits Today

Employee Benefits and COVID-19: Changing the Future of Benefits Today

Kathy Bergstrom, CEBS
 

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to bring long-lasting changes to life in the United States, and those changes will be reflected in employee benefits. How COVID-19 could affect health, retirement and other benefits even after the pandemic is over is discussed in […]

Meeting the Benefit Needs of Your LGBTQ+ Plan Members

Meeting the Benefit Needs of Your LGBTQ+ Plan Members

Robbie Hartman, CEBS
 

Increasing numbers of people are identifying as LGBTQ+, particularly among younger generations now entering workplaces, but their needs are often underserved in the design and administration of benefit plans. Employers and plan sponsors that proactively make their plans more inclusive—from enrollment forms […]

Organizations Face New Health and Retirement Benefit Implications Due to COVID-19

Organizations Face New Health and Retirement Benefit Implications Due to COVID-19

Anne Patterson
 

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted employee benefits? The International Foundation has been tracking implications for workplaces across the country, providing a snapshot of the difficult decisions employers and their workers are making regarding their retirement and health care benefits. The latest […]

Innovative Benefit Offerings on the Rise—Employee Benefits Survey Results

Innovative Benefit Offerings on the Rise—Employee Benefits Survey Results

Justin Held, CEBS
 

Beyond traditional benefits such as health and retirement, many organizations use innovative benefits to meet the varied needs of their employees. Benefits like identify theft insurance and student loan repayment are gaining popularity as employers add new and innovative perks to reflect […]