BenefitsPRO Magazine-August 2017

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  • Who's selling voluntary?

    Gil Lowerre and Bonnie Brazzell

    This is the last in our series of columns on voluntary market sales results for 2016.

  • Adversity is opportunity

    Paul Wilson

    Donny Woo is the founder of Combined Benefits, a full-service benefits, commercial, payroll and HR consulting firm established 30 years ago.

  • When does wellness work?

    Alan Goforth

    Employee wellness programs burst onto the scene with a promise that was too good to pass up

  • A changing landscape

    Scott Wooldridge

    Consolidation in the brokerage industry continues to be a strong trend, as increasing complexity and an aging broker demographic combine to work against small, independent shops.

  • How brokers can disrupt voluntary

    Eric Silverman

    Disrupter is the term most often used to describe health care industry thought leaders like Mark Gaunya of Borislow Insurance in Boston, Massachusetts and Andy Neary of VolkBell in Longmont, Colorado.

  • Believe the hype?

    Paul Wilson, Erin Moriarty-Siler

    A wellness initiative or program is only effective if it engages various segments of the workforce, including those who are at-risk, and achieves positive workplace outcomeslower absenteeism, presenteeism, improved performance.

  • IRAs and 401(k)s are now the same thing

    Christopher Carosa

    Mark June 9, 2017 on your calendar. That's the day the lowly IRA entered the retirement plan big leagues. Previously, IRAs had significantly less regulatory oversight than ERISA plans. But with the redefinition of fiduciary in the DOL's conflict-of-interest (aka, fiduciary) rule, IRAs now fall under the ERISA regulatory umbrella.

  • What's hot (besides the weather)?

    Marty Traynor

    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently published their 2017 employee benefit report, including a list of which benefits are trending.

  • A sense of belonging

    Paul Wilson

    It seems benefits professionals can't say enough about the value they derive from industry organizations and events.

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