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Natural Light, Greenery Provide Employees With Mental and Physical Wellness Benefits

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The office environment you create for your employees has a direct effect on their health and wellness. Studies show exposure to natural light, green space, gardens and other forms of nature help with both mental and physical wellness — and can boost productivity during the workday. And by improving employees’ overall health with exposure to the outdoors, you can reduce the cost of health insurance and other common health-related employee benefits.

3 Questions to Ask Your Employees As You Evaluate Your Company's Employee Benefits Communications Ahead of Open Enrollment

3 Questions to Ask Your Employees As You Evaluate Your Company's Employee Benefits Communications Ahead of Open Enrollment

Open enrollment season is just around the corner. Will you be communicating effectively about the benefits your company is offering for the coming year?

Long-Term Care Insurance Helps Protect Employees’ Finances, Families

Long-Term Care Insurance Helps Protect Employees’ Finances, Families

This year’s White House Conference on Aging focused on the search for solutions to the problem of more than 70 million aging baby boomers putting pressure on the long-term care industry and their younger, employed family members. As an employer, offering long-term care insurance as a voluntary benefit can help ensure your employees can protect their personal finances in the event they need long-term care. Long-term care insurance can help cover assisted living, home care and hospice care.

3 Ways to Improve Your Employee Benefits Communications

3 Ways to Improve Your Employee Benefits Communications

Did you know benefits communications can play a role in how satisfied your employees are with their jobs? A recent MetLife study found employees who are very satisfied with their benefits are almost four times more likely to be satisfied with their jobs. And one of the main ways you can increase satisfaction with benefits is to ensure employees know about them through outstanding benefits communications.

Obama Administration Introduces Plan to Provide More Women with Free Birth Control Under the ACA

Obama Administration Introduces Plan to Provide More Women with Free Birth Control Under the ACA

Last week the Obama administration unveiled its plan for providing free birth control to women whose employers claim a religious objection to providing it to employees through their company-sponsored health insurance plans. The plan is a response to last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which found certain employers don’t have to provide birth control to employees if they have a religious objection to it. The issue is likely not settled, though, say experts.

Health Insurance Cost Considerations to Take Into Account as You Select Your Company's 2016 Benefits Offerings

Health Insurance Cost Considerations to Take Into Account as You Select Your Company's 2016 Benefits Offerings

Health care premiums are expected to rise in the coming year, meaning employers will need to find a balance between providing the coverage employees desire with what they can afford.

Voluntary Benefits Continue to Grow in Popularity, Benefit Employers and Employees

Voluntary Benefits Continue to Grow in Popularity, Benefit Employers and Employees

An Accenture report released June 27 revealed voluntary benefits may be an important factor in engaging the middle market, or “the 52 million households with annual incomes between $35,000 and $100,000.” It’s important to understand how voluntary benefits are growing and affecting employers’ ability to recruit and retain top employees — especially now when the improved economy is providing the best people with expanded opportunities.

Employers Required to Pay the PCORI Fee Under the ACA Must File, Pay This Month

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This is a guest post with employee benefits compliance advice from Winston Benefits partner Joe Lazzarotti, a benefits attorney and practice group leader at Jackson Lewis P.C. He specializes in employee benefits counseling, with a heavy emphasis on health benefits and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

What Does Marriage Equality Mean for Employee Benefits?

What Does Marriage Equality Mean for Employee Benefits?

Last Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that state bans on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. For same-sex couples, that means they have the right to marry in every state. But what does that mean for the workplace?

Report Shows Pet Insurance Growing in Popularity

Report Shows Pet Insurance Growing in Popularity

People with pets often refer to them as members of the family. And like human family members, they often need medical care to stay healthy. To manage those costs, many pet owners purchase pet insurance, a product similar to health insurance, but for animals.

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