collage of lightbulb and technologyEmployee benefits products connect workers to theirbenefits, brokers and advisors to their clients, and HR and the CFOto better benefits administration. Here's some of the latest newsabout new and improved tools and solutions.

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Qualtrics announced the launch of the EmployeeBenefits Optimizer, a tool that makes use of employee feedback andmodels trade-offs to automatically identify the ideal benefits andcompensation packages for an organization's unique culture andbudget.

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Mercer announced the introduction of MercerMobility  Management Platform (MMP) in collaboration withServiceNow. MMP combines Mercer's knowledge and expertise in HR andmobility with ServiceNow's Now Platform, aiming to simplify themanagement of international and domestic assignments.

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Global employee experience software company Limeade announcedLimeade ONE. Limeade ONE aims to bring together employeewell-being, engagement, inclusion and communications solutions in amobile-first experience, reinforced by new research on the impactof care.

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Wellbeatsannounced the release of Strides, a new channel featuring runningclasses designed and hosted by Olympian Carrie Tollefson. Wellbeats classes are available online or through an Android or iOSapp, and cover a range of fitness styles, ability levels, andinterests. Content can be licensed by employers and made availableas a health benefit.

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ADP's latestpayment solution Wisely Now, offers an electronically funded,employer-authenticated paper check issued by one of several U.S.major banks which enables employees to cash checks without fees.And myWisely, the companion mobile application for Wisely by ADP,includes resources for tracking spending and saving, findinglocations to access cash, paying bills and more.

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WellviewHealth, a health care engagement company, has announcedWellview Care Connect, a suite of proprietary specialized solutionsto support some of the costliest U.S. health conditions rangingfrom obesity and hypertension to diabetes and depression.

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The DisabilityManagement Employer Coalition (DMEC) announced its new FMLA/ADATraining for Supervisors and Managers, which aims to helpsupervisors and managers recognize a potential leave oraccommodation request, next steps to take, and statements andactions to avoid when employees raise issues that could be coveredunder the FMLA and ADA.

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Breathe Life, a provider of consumer-centricdigital solutions for the insurance industry, announced the generalavailability of its Consumer-Driven Module, a white-labelbusiness-to-consumer (B2C) solution.

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Fi360, aprovider of fiduciary-related education and technology, hasintroduced a new certificate training course. The Essentials ofPublic Education, Nonprofit and Government Retirement Planstraining course is available now and highlights best practices formanaging and providing advisory services to 403(b) and 457(b)plans. It is aimed not just at advisors but planstakeholders, including board members, trustees, commissioners,human resources professionals and administrative staff.

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Benefitfocus has a new comparison tool called ConsumerBenefits Coverage Index (CBCI), which draws on actual (anonymized)benefits enrollment data on 1MM consumers pulled directly from theBenefitfocus platform.https://www.benefitfocus.com/consumer-benefits-coverage-index

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Arvato introduced BEN,an AI-driven voice assistantthat delivers benefit and provider information. The smart assistantuses a strong learning algorithm that gives the user theopportunity to ask a broader range of questions and to master morecomplex tasks. The fully customizable tool integrates with existingmember portals, browser–or app-based–services.

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North Capital Inc., an SEC Registered InvestmentAdvisor, has introduced evisor.com, a free online financialplanning platform for individual investors. Users create acustomized financial review, which incorporates the firm'sproprietary “Lifetime Financial Analysis” tool, together with aninvestment policy statement. For a fee, they can implement theirinvestment strategy under the supervision of a human advisor. Allcustomer assets are custodied at Charles Schwab.

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Alegeusannounced its Smart HSA that features machine learning andartificial intelligence. It includes a mobile interface,data-driven tools that guide consumers to make intelligent choiceson health care spending, AI-based recommendations, a virtualmedicine cabinet for managing monthly drug costs and more.The SmartHSA is expected to be fully available to the market in Q1 2020.

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