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5 tips to improve open enrollment this fall

While everyone else is on vacation this summer, HR pros are busy planning for the upcoming open-enrollment season. Follow these tips to make the process run more smoothly for you and more effectively for your employees.

They didn’t seriously argue that, did they? Religion in the kitchen stirs the DOL to action

Religion in the workplace is a touchy matter. What if your boss brought in a priest and encouraged everyone to confess their sins? What if you weren’t Catholic? It’s not a hypothetical question. An employee of a California restaurant testified that his employer brought in a person identified as a priest to hear their confessions during work hours.

Child care costs working parents 27% of household income

On average, working families spend 27% of their household income on child care, according to Care.com’s 10th annual Cost of Care report. For 59% of parents, the annual cost of child care will top $18,000.

Employers rate health insurance their most important benefit

Employers consider health-related benefits the most important perks they offer, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2023 Employee Benefits Survey.

Labor market forces driving change in compensation practices

Employers are shaking up their compensation systems in response to labor-market pressures, according to a new survey by the WorldatWork total rewards association.

Smart strategies for surviving this fall’s open enrollment

Open enrollment for health insurance benefits is an inevitable autumn ritual that can cause great stress for HR and for your employees. It usually comes at the busiest time of the year, when HR pros—along with everyone else—are tending to year-end deadlines. Smooth the process by planning now to implement these strategies.

Study finds increase in health insurance claims denials

According to research by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, even when patients received care from in-network physicians pre-approved by their insurance companies, claims were denied 17% of the time on average in 2021.

No employer-paid health benefits? That’s a deal-breaker for half of Americans

Nearly half of Americans—48%—would quit their jobs if their employer stopped offering health insurance benefits, according to a new survey by the Assurance brokerage firm.

Help employees get out from under the crushing burden of student-loan debt

Chances are, your most valuable employees are eager to improve their skills and advance their educations. But many employees hesitate to obtain undergraduate or graduate degrees because higher education is so expensive. Employers can address the fear of incurring student-loan debt by offering to offset at least some educational expenses with a tuition-reimbursement program.

New-to-the-job workers account for more workers’ comp claims

An employee’s time spent in a particular role and their age were driving factors in the frequency of injuries that resulted in workers’ compensation claims and the cost of those claims. That’s according to a new study by The Traveler Companies, the nation’s largest workers’ comp insurer.