VOL. 25, NO. 15
11 Weighing the pros and cons of
While greater economic stability may have more
employers considering benefits outsourcing, there’s more
to it than simply handing over the files.
12 Two tips to avoid costly mistakes
with leave policies
Employers that grant generous leaves for disability
or maternity can run afoul of insurance contracts for
medical, disability or life coverage — thus putting
employers in a legal line of fire.
28 Disease management report
Denim giant Levi Strauss & Co. makes its mark in global efforts to combat
32 Benefits technology update
Electronic medical records are being hailed as a way to save money, but
they’re also making it easier to commit fraud.
36 Benefits Barometer
EBN’s annual benchmarking guide to everything from average annual
premiums for health coverage to the number of investment options in 401(k)
HEAl TH c ARE
15 Athletic trainers treat the injury, not
where the injury occurs
Athletic trainers may have had their roots on the playing
field, but the profession is branching out. Learn how
these medical professionals apply their skills to the
16 lessons learned from a dependent
Anticipating the increase in age of covered dependents to
26, as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable
Care Act, Dick’s Sporting Goods decided to clean its
benefit rolls data with a dependent eligibility audit.
Here’s what it learned along the way.
18 Retirement plans in a quandary
Retirement plans collectively — but unwillingly — hold
billions of dollars that plan sponsors have unsuccessfully
tried to distribute to former participants. What’s a plan
sponsor to do when ex-employees don’t cash the checks?
19 Tax reform could lower 401(k)
Two recent proposals to change the existing tax treatment
of 401(k) plans, if enacted, are likely to result in lower
account balances for many participants, according to an
analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
On the Cover: Photo illustration of jeans by Darren Braun