various types of sushi arranged in rows on black background Employee benefits product news fromEase, Ethos, Stericycle, National Safety Council, Carver Edison,and more. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Here's what companies are telling us about their latest new andenhanced products for benefits brokers, HR benefits managers, andretirement advisors.

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Well, you know they don't really tell us. It's more like we'reyour employee benefits sushi chef assistant, placing the trimmedand neatly bundled concoctions on the conveyor belt (or, in thecase of this great sushi place in Portland, Oregon,a little channel of flowing water) thatpasses by your seat at the counter. It's lunchtimesomewhere, so here we go:

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Nubundleannounced its partnership with benefits administrator TASC (TotalAdministrative Services Corporation), expanding beyond itsfertility solutions to offer employers the abilityto provide full or partial insurance to employees forcosts related to fertility procedures, medications, and relatedservices. Nubundle members also have access to a suite of voluntaryofferings including a family planning concierge and lower-pricedmedications.

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Benefitfocus announced enhancements to itsAI-powered benefits platform, the Benefitfocus MarketPlace forCarriers. Its BenefitSAIGE AI engine uses data to providea personalized Smart Moment experience to help employees withbenefits selection. This is managed by an analyticaldashboard that is also designed to help employers tailormessages to communicate with employees.

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Robecoannounced the launch of Robeco Sustainable Emerging Stars Equities.The concentrated portfolio will consist of approximately 35-50holdings, resulting in an active share of above 80%. The strategyselects companies from a sustainable investment universe, based ontop-down country analysis and bottom-up stock ideas.

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Businessolver launched its enhanced solution,MyChoice Accounts, which aims to help employees to manage theirbenefits, including consumer accounts, such as HSA, FSA, commuter,fitness reimbursements and more, from one holistic technologyplatform, Benefitsolver. They can enroll in these benefitsyear-round and use the same system and mobile app to submit claims,check balances, view employer contributions.

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Nationwide Advisory Solutions announced a new lifetimeincome rider and two new enhancements to Nationwide AdvisoryRetirement Income Annuity (NARIA). NARIA now offers NationwideLifetime Income Rider Advisory, a new optional living benefit witha 7% interest roll-up. It can now offer unconstrained 100% equityexposure when combined with Retirement Income DeveloperSM(RIDER) and tiered pricing for its low-cost platformfunds.

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Ease announcedthat Ethos is partnering with the company to offer EmployerPersonal Life Insurance. The company says that Ethos policies canbe approved in a matter of minutes. Ethos underwrites each employeeindividually, and employees who enroll will have this policy at aset price for life, regardless if they move on to another job.

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Stericycle has joined the NationalSafety Council (NSC) as the exclusive launch partner for thenew NSC toolkit that employers can use to address the opioidcrisis. More than two dozen resources can be found in the Opioidsat Work Employer Toolkit including the following:

  • a sample policy to use when updating or creating a drug-freeworkplace policy
  • an overview of how impairment impacts safety
  • a guide for supervisors who need to communicate with employeesabout opioids
  • a PowerPoint presentation for company leadership to deliver tostaff when the organization is ready to unveil its policy
  • a suite of videos, including one from an emergency room doctorexplaining how drugs affect the brain

CarverEdison announced that its Cashless Participationtechnology is now available to all public companies who use E*TRADECorporate Services to manage their Employee Stock Purchase Plans.Cashless Participation will be supported by E*TRADE's platform,Equity Edge Online. Carver Edison's technology can now also beoffered internationally.

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The Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC) haslaunched the second educational video in its Game Ready retirementseries, called Travel Ready. The IALC is a consortium of lifeinsurance companies focused on helping Americans prepare forretirement by providing free online resources including worksheets,calculators, videos and other tools to help examine financialhabits and plan and prioritize for the future.

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Kronosintroduced a network of partners focused on financial wellness thataims to help empower employees with earned wage access, automatedsavings solutions, and financial education and budgeting tools.Organizations that use its Workforce Dimensions solution can accessKronos Marketplace applications that include financial wellnessproviders Branch, Even, HasteePay, PayActiv, and SalaryFinance.

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Healthcare2U announced the nationwide availability ofDPCplus, a new suite of integrated primary care services foremployers of all sizes and structures. DPCplus is a monthlyhealthcare membership consisting of a low flat fee and fixed visitfees for unlimited in-office physician visits and treatments forprimary care, urgent care, chronic management, telehealth, andmore.

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Deputyannounced a new integration with Revel Systems.Theintegration syncs sales data information from the Revel POS withDeputy's scheduling software to help businesses schedule and manageemployees based on sales volume and demand signals. The platformprovides a single channel to submit tasks, shifts, pushnotifications, as well as employee tools to start, finish, and swapshifts.

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C.J. Marwitz

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