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    10 Tips to Help Employees Maximize Workplace Benefits

    10 Tips to Help Employees Maximize Workplace Benefits
    NEW YORK, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), one of the largest mutual life insurance companies and a leading provider of employee benefits to midsize and small companies, offers employees and employers tips for leveraging their employee benefits in one of the worst economic environments since the Great Depression. Guardian's employee benefits experts compiled these ...
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    Time to Start Over With Health Care

    Time to Start Over With Health Care
    If you're going the wrong way down a road, the answer isn't to step on the gas, but to turn around. It is not that the U.S. doesn't need health care reform, but it needs the right type of reform. Problematic as our system often is, it is possible to make things worse. All the bills making their way through Congress ...
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    Mix and Match With Healthcare

    Mix and Match With Healthcare
    Employers have been combining health insurance and cash plans for years. Sam Barrett discovers providers are making integration easier Financial pressure means every penny of the healthcare spend is under scrutiny. But, while it can seem sensible to focus on getting the cheapest price possible for each product, there is a list of ways that combining healthcare products can deliver greater ...
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    401(K) Savers Took Beating During Meltdown of '08

    401(K) Savers Took Beating During Meltdown of '08
    So just how bad was the market meltdown for 401(k) savers? Pretty bad. So bad that most savers probably don't need a study to confirm it. But here are some official numbers released Tuesday from the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the Investment Company Institute: Many American workers suffered an average 24.3 percent decline in their 401(k) account balance in 2008. ...
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    Senate Democrats Reach Deal on Extending Benefits

    Senate Democrats Reach Deal on Extending Benefits
    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats said Thursday they have reached a deal to extend unemployment insurance benefits to the nearly 2 million jobless workers across the country who are in danger of running out of assistance by the end of the year. The agreement would give an additional 14 weeks of benefits to jobless workers in all 50 states. Workers in states ...
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    Cashing in on Unused Vacation Days? Think Again.

    Cashing in on Unused Vacation Days? Think Again.
    For years, former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton liked to boast that he never took a sick day at work and that he rarely went on vacation. What the former mayor didn't reveal was that he - along with chief administrative officer Keith McGee - "cashed in" unused vacation days annually, skirting city policy and effectively boosting his compensation above the amount ...
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    The Benefits of Employer-Sponsored Child Care Benefits

    The Benefits of Employer-Sponsored Child Care Benefits
    Maintaining a population of skilled, productive workers is a continual challenge for employers. For working parents, their challenge is often related to sourcing convenient, quality child care solutions. Today, many employers are stepping into this work-life challenge and have begun offering child care benefits that support the work-life balance of employees. And, despite budget crunches and space constraints that many companies ...
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    Reducing Benefit Costs Requires Careful Planning

    In these economic times, it would not be unusual to look at the cost of providing certain benefits and wonder whether there is any room to cut those costs. Whether an employer can successfully accomplish this without exposing itself to excessive risk requires understanding the nature of protected benefits under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) and the Employee Retirement Income ...
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    Good Health Care Pays Off

    Good Health Care Pays Off
    CARY -- Editor's note: This fall, The NandO is talking to people about the nation's health-care system: what works, what doesn't and what should be done to fix it. There is standard employer-sponsored health insurance -- and then there are SAS-provided benefits. The Cary-based software company built an on-site health clinic, staffed with doctors and nurse practitioners. If you need to ...
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    What You Need to Know About Voluntary Benefits Plans

    What You Need to Know About Voluntary Benefits Plans
    Discounts offered through a voluntary benefits scheme can help keep staff motivated when budgets are tight, says Victoria Furness. Money may be the root of all evil, but it is also widely recognized as a big driver of employee performance and motivation. So in the current economic climate, with job cuts and salary freezes, what can employers do to keep staff ...
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    Employees Place Greater Value on Benefits

    Employees Place Greater Value on Benefits
    Confronted by a steep recession and its new economic realities, employees, now more than ever, place a greater value on their benefits. And "because cost control is a very important benefits objective for employers during these tough times, and the economy is asserting additional pressures to balance benefits expense and value, it is important that employers understand how to maximize the ...
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    8 Strategies to Make the Most of Your Benefits

    With the possibility of health care reform on the horizon, Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing company, finds that most U.S. employers are taking a "wait and see" approach and forgoing significant overhauls to their benefits plans in 2010. As a result, employees can expect to see few major changes to their benefits plans when they enroll ...
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    Local Governments Addressing Health Costs

    Local Governments Addressing Health Costs
    About 49 percent of the nations' cities, counties and townships expect less revenue in 2010, and 21 percent expect fewer employees, according to a new survey. About 26 expect increased consolidation of local services. With shrinking budgets and fewer staff, local officials are taking several approaches to contain long-term costs associated with employee and retiree health care. The Health and OPEB ...
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    6 Ways to Improve 401(k) Plans

    6 Ways to Improve 401(k) Plans
    It's largely agreed that 401(k) plans are incredibly valuable in attracting and retaining top talent, improving a company's corporate image and contributing to a company's overall long-term financial health. But when the economy crashed, all bets were off. Thankfully, employees will be pleased to know that most employers have no intention of eliminating 401(k) plans from their benefit offerings. In April ...
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    Officials Say First-Time Jobless Claims Down, but Those Continuing to Receive Benefits Remains High

    Officials Say First-Time Jobless Claims Down, but Those Continuing to Receive Benefits Remains High
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jobless West Virginians have claimed 91 percent more weeks of unemployment benefits so far this year than for the same period last year, a state labor official says. West Virginians had filed claims for more than 1.05 million total weeks of benefits through Sept. 12, as compared to 550,649 weeks claimed by the same point last year, said ...
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    Rhode Islanders May Get Extension on Unemployment Benefits

    Rhode Islanders May Get Extension on Unemployment Benefits
    CRANSTON -- Nearly 3,000 Rhode Islanders who have exhausted their unemployment benefits and cannot find work could be eligible to start collecting again -- for up to 13 weeks -- under federal legislation that is on track to become law soon. In addition, about 1,800 people who will exhaust their benefits by the end of the year also could be eligible ...
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    What You Need to Know About Paying Freelancers

    What You Need to Know About Paying Freelancers
    Continuing concern over the state of the economy is reflected in the fluctuating fortunes of freelances. Suzanne Hinchliffe crunches the figures in our latest survey of this sector, while industry insiders give their lowdown on what's happening out there. There has been a dramatic change in freelance rates of pay, with the market being more depressed this year than last. Some ...
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    Legal Landmines for Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors During Bad Economic Times

    Legal Landmines for Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors During Bad Economic Times
    "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" is not only the name of a popular song from the 1960s, it also describes the feelings of most employers who, because of competition, business costs or our current bad economy must reduce the size of their employment budget. By the time an employer has to "downsize," the economic factors driving that decision have already ...
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    Alternative Work Schedules May Hike Up Overtime Costs

    Alternative Work Schedules May Hike Up Overtime Costs
    Even in good times, employers look for cost-effective ways to enhance compensation packages in order to keep employees happy and productive. In these challenging economic times, cost control becomes a matter of survival. Overtime costs are a major concern, particularly where there have been staff reductions. This article will discuss how scheduling may affect OT costs and three Fair Labor Standards ...
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    More Companies Adopt a Pay-for-Performance Program

    More Companies Adopt a Pay-for-Performance Program
    i4cp study: Performance management is undergoing a change as companies drop forced-ranking system in favor of alternative methods SEATTLE, WA (May 18, 2009) - The "automatic raise" days are history, according to a recent study by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) showing that companies are paying closer attention to their pay-for-performance systems. The study found that, overall, 78% of polled ...
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