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How to Communicate Benefits Information During the Hiring Process

 
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As you move candidates through the interviewing and hiring process, at some point the topic of benefits comes up. Job candidates will be focused on the possible salary, but questions about benefits will be on their mind as well. Knowing how and when to talk about the benefits you offer can help you seal the deal in the hiring process as you try to attract top talent. Here are some tips for communicating benefits information to job candidates.

Employee Benefits News Roundup: This Week in Benefits

 
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As usual, there’s plenty of benefits administration news to stay on top of this week. MetLife has developed a new life insurance product aimed at baby boomers, Aflac released a study stating that accident and disability benefits can lower workers’ comp claims, the ripple effects of Obamacare are still being debated, and sales of voluntary benefits continue to climb as more and more employers realize their value. Read on for more employee benefits news you need this week.

Is Your HR Department Spending Too Much Time Managing Employee Benefits?

 
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Many companies are trying to do more with less, but there are definitely times when that approach isn’t necessarily the best. If your organization’s HR department manages employee benefits, you may be losing valuable time, money and effort that could better be spent elsewhere in the organization. Here’s what you need to know about what it takes to support employee benefits internally.

Employee Benefits News Roundup: Voluntary Benefits Growth

 
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There have been some interesting developments in benefits this week. The “official” enrollment deadline for Obamacare has come and gone; some deadlines have been extended, but the bulk of enrollment is over. Also, LIMRA released a report showing that voluntary benefits grew by 9 percent last year, with some specific benefits showing over 13 percent growth from 2012. And, if you missed it yesterday, happy National Employee Benefits Day! Read on for more interesting employee benefits news we found this week.

3 Employee Benefits Enrollment Options

 
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Leading up to enrollment, you’ve let employees know what kinds of benefits are available to them through a variety of communication: print mailings, email, social media, dedicated websites, posters at work and so on. When it’s time to enroll, it’s a good idea to offer multiple enrollment options. There are three main ways to let employees enroll in company benefits: online, over the phone and in person. Here’s what you need to know about each one.

Employee Benefits News Roundup - Open Enrollment Deadline Edition

 
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This was always going to be a big week for Obamacare. The March 31 open enrollment deadline is days away and we’ve been hearing about that date since well before the exchanges even opened in October. This week has become even more significant because it marks the start of the “Hobby Lobby case” going before the Supreme Court to determine if the contraception mandate is in violation of religious freedom. And of course, people are still confused or angry about the individual mandate and any penalties they’ll have to pay if they fail to get insured. Read on for more information.

Educated Employees Make Better Decisions: Why Benefits Communication Matters

 
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We’ve talked before about the importance of having a benefits communication plan and what’s at stake if you don’t. And we know there are challenges -- according to a study by ADP, only one in five large and mid-sized companies plan to increase their benefits communication budget in the coming year, even with all the changes sparked by new health-care legislation. But benefits communication matters at all companies. Here’s why.

Employee Benefits News Roundup - Survey Says Edition

 
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This week, the main buzz in the benefits industry has been the release of MetLife’s 12th annual Employee Benefits Trends Study. Benefits satisfaction among employees is up but costs continue to be a factor and many firms may still have to trim their budgets. Also, SHRM offered up a thoughtful analysis of a recent Towers Watson survey about health care costs. Read on for more information.

Four Ways Benefits Brokers Can Help Your Company

 
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Carol Harnett is a speaker, writer and benefits consultant who focuses on health care, wellness and employee absence. This article is adapted from a presentation she gave at Trustmark’s Producer Conference in January and used with permission. (Last week, we covered Carol’s advice on how wellness can transform benefits solutions.)

Employee Benefits News Roundup: The Effects of PPACA

 
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This week, we found some interesting articles about PPACA’s continued impact on the voluntary benefits industry. Voluntary benefits continue to be a cost-effective recruitment tool and both employers and insurance professionals continue to have increased interest and confidence in their value. 

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