Category Archives: Benefits

Benefit planning inevitably involves tradeoffs between an ideal package and one that will maximize the desired impact at a price that can be afforded. These articles will provide how to information on managing the wide variety of benefits including health care, life, and disability insurance, and retirement benefits.

Winning Wellness Plans: Benefiting Both Your Employees and the Company

The key to reducing healthcare costs can be found in a great wellness program, says Mari Ryan, CEO and founder of AdvancingWellness in Watertown, Massachusetts. The idea is gaining traction—7 in 10 employers say developing a workplace culture where employees are responsible for their health is a top priority.

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Survey says … What Leaves Are Your Competitors Offering?

In yesterday’s Advisor, we began our presentation of the results of BLR’s 2014 Employee Leave Survey; today, results concerning specific types of leave. How does your organization measure up?

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Employee Leave: Survey Says … How Do You Compare?

Thanks to all 3,158 individuals who participated in the survey! Here are the detailed responses:

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BLR Pays Tribute to a True Entrepreneur

At the end of the year, BLR’s founder, Bob Brady, will be retiring from the company he started 37 years ago.

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401(k) Challenges—Audit Focus for the IRS

Yesterday’s Advisor began the Internal Revenue Service’s top 10 401(k) issues; today we hit the rest, again as featured on Compensation.BLR.com®.

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Top Ten 401(k) Compliance Issues (Also IRS’s Top 10 Audit Checks)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published details on the top 10 issues identified during examinations of 401(k) plans. These are the issues that the IRS will be focusing on when conducting an audit.

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Recruiting and Retention—What’s Really Happening?

Recruiting and retention—nothing is more important for any company. What’s happening with recruiting and retention in the real world? What are your competitors up to? Help us find out!

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Will City Slickers Give You Your Next Big Idea?

Among my favorite movies is the 1991 film City Slickers. Billy Crystal plays radio ad salesman Mitch Robbins, who is having a bit of a midlife crisis. Mitch and his two best friends decide to leave New York City to spend 2 weeks on a cattle drive in the Southwest. It’s there that Mitch meets Curly, the crusty trail boss played by Jack Palance.

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Don’t Wait for Permission—Take Action

It’s not uncommon for me to say, “I’d rather hire someone who will ask for forgiveness than someone who must ask for permission before taking action.” If you’re going to accomplish anything in life, you must be willing to act. And when you do, things don’t always turn out exactly as you would like. Sometimes you must step back, alter your course, and try again. But give me the person who is prone to action. It’s like the great race car drivers say: “To finish first, you must first finish.” And to finish, you must get off the starting line.

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What Are You Afraid Of? (Childhood Taunt or Manager’s Advice?)

It sounds like a childhood taunt. “What are you afraid of?” If you close your eyes for a minute, chances are you can go back in time and recall a situation in which you were asked that exact question. Someone was trying to push you into doing something you really didn’t want to do—daring you to push beyond your comfort level

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