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Mar. 7, 2019: 9 missed calls: Why family care matters at work

By Carolyn Romano

Seventy percent of working caregivers report work-related difficulties due to their dual roles, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. That’s more than six million people who say it’s hard—and stressful—to be an employee and a caregiver to a family member at the same time. Read More

Quiz: What happened in benefits news this week?

By C.J. Marwitz

What a week it was in employee benefits news. Actually, it wasn’t that bad, was it? Lawsuits, hearings, battle cries (of sorts), and we learned what the DOL has on its radar. Try your hand at this quick Headline Fill-In-The-Blank quiz and see how your memory of the news (or your ability to guess) holds up. Read More

10 tips for effective cost-containment strategies

By BenefitsPRO Editors

There’s no shortage of ideas and strategies to help employers rein in their rising health care costs. Some work better than others, and some are better suited to some clients than others. The trick to really making an impact on an employers’ bottom line is to know what strategies to use and how to implement them correctly. Read More

Government shutdown reveals need for employee emergency savings

By Nick Thornton

The close of the 13th annual America Saves Week presents a “good opportunity” to step back and reflect on where policies are promoting productive habits for Americans and the economy, and where they are not, says Phil Waldeck, president and CEO of Prudential Retirement. Read More

5 highlights from the Senate Finance Committee's drug price hearing

By Emmarie Huetteman and Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News

Senators got their first opportunity Tuesday to prod drugmakers about the wallet-emptying prices they charge for prescription drugs. Almost in unison, the executives expressed support for eliminating rebates that flow to industry middlemen instead of patients; for increasing transparency about how they set prices; for shifting to a more value-based pricing system, in which outcomes are rewarded. Together they demurred when asked to commit to lowering list prices on drugs like insulin and the blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira. Read More

Taxes, deficits, and Asperger's: Here's the Bill Gross you didn't know

By Erik Schatzker

(Bloomberg) –Even after one of the most storied careers in financial markets, Bill Gross has a few surprises left. For one, he’s been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, the autism-spectrum disorder. Gross says he lived most of his life unaware of the condition and now believes it helps explain not only why he was such a successful investor for so long but also why he could, by his own admission, rub people the wrong way. Read More

Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated

By Paul Wilson

I have a love/hate relationship with Amazon. It’s hard to argue with unprecedented convenience, low prices and two-day shipping. Who doesn’t need that jumbo pack of Q-tips and a doggie thundershirt ASAP? On the other hand, there are horror stories about their warehouse working conditions (See Jessica Bruder’s “Nomadland.” On Amazon for only $11.56!), and the creepiness of in-home robots listening to your every word while squadrons of package-delivering drones descends upon your doorstep. Read More

10 most expensive states for early retirement

By Marlene Satter

Heard of the FIRE movement? If you haven’t, it stands for Financial Independence/Retire Early. It’s inspired some to consider leaving work sooner than their 60s. But how much cash would you need in your retirement accounts to make it happen? Wonder no more, because HowMuch.net has crunched numbers compiled by GoBankingRates on how much you’d need in each state to retire early, and come up with rankings for every state based on whether your early retirement goal is 55, 45 or even 35 (a bunch of optimists there, for sure). Read More

Jeff Sopko