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More employers covering abortion travel costs

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 landmark opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health—which overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion a constitutional right nationwide—dozens of large employers nationwide have announced plans to cover employees’ expenses if they need to travel to receive health care.

Snapshot: Telemedicine takes off

Almost all employer-sponsored health plans now cover telemedicine, a dramatic increase since before the pandemic.

Survey: Pandemic has had lasting effects on benefits

The lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to influence the benefits employers offer, according to the latest annual survey on the topic by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Benefits get more vital in recruiting, retention

While pay continues to be the number one reason that Americans decide to remain with or join an employer, people are looking at health and retirement benefits as a more significant factor in recent years. As a result, employers are boosting those benefits to compete.

Remind employees: Don’t panic about market losses

U.S. stocks have lost nearly 20% of their value this year, with the S&P 500 flirting with bear-market territory and the Dow Jones Average down nearly 15%. Employees invested in your retirement plan are undoubtedly nervous.

More companies vow to cover abortion travel costs

In the wake of recent limits on abortions at the state level and an expected Supreme Court ruling that would speed up those state restrictions, some large employers are saying they will cover travel costs for employees who have to leave their state to find an abortion provider.

Help returning workers handle sticker shock

You probably can help returning employees by subsidizing some of the higher costs associated with coming into the office. Here are some ideas to consider.

Remote workers struggle with work-life boundaries

For many, the shift to remote work during the pandemic offered increased flexibility and work-life balance. But a new survey reveals that 47% of remote workers in the U.S. are concerned about the blurred boundaries between their jobs and personal lives.

Employees are burning out. Are alternative work arrangements the answer?

Alternative work arrangements may ease employees’ return to the physical workplace. Consider your options carefully.

Pandemic has women rethinking the role of work

Sixty-five percent of women responding to a recent survey by the Gartner advisory firm said the pandemic made them rethink the place work should have in their lives.