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Work / Life Issues

‘A wake-up call on employee benefits’: COVID is driving more interest in open enrollment

While a vast majority of employees typically choose the same benefits year after year, that could be changing.

Consider offering benefits to help employees handle caregiving

Working parents aren’t the only employees who may have caregiving responsibilities. In response, some employers have beefed up existing benefits and created new ones.

Coronavirus driving open enrollment interest

New research from the MetLife insurance company suggests the coronavirus pandemic has left employees keenly interested in making smart choices about their benefits elections.

Report addresses when to claim Social Security

It’s a basic tenet of HR that directly providing financial advice to employees is an ethical no-no. However, there is nothing wrong with steering them toward resources that can help them make good decisions about their money.

Domestic abuse on the rise: How employers can respond

Joblessness, stress and close quarters during the covid crisis have led to higher incidences and severity of domestic violence cases.

Help your employees battle pandemic stress

Juggling personal and professional obligations has never been an easy task. The demands inflicted over the past few months due to the pandemic, however, have caused unprecedented challenges to this balancing act—especially for workers with kids.

Explore all childcare options to help working parents

With most public school systems announcing they will at least start the fall semester conducting virtual classes, many of your employees will soon face familiar hurdles. Possible solutions fall into three broad categories: flexibility at work, flexibility from work and caregiver support.

Next covid crisis: Lack of childcare for staff

To overcome the closed schools and lack of childcare openings, employers will have to use a multi-pronged approach.

Require childcare for WFHer? Expect backlash

Employers who don’t or can’t call everyone back to the office may want to review the childcare and school opening plans in their area and adjust their own accordingly.

Snapshot: Childcare issues could hinder return to work

Working parents worry about sending kids back to daycare when work reopens. Health and financial concerns may force many to stay home with children instead of working.