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This Week in Benefits

This Week in Benefits

By Mployer Advisor

Welcome to This Week in Benefits, a podcast where the Mployer Advisor team delves into the world of employee benefits.
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Ford Rolls Out an Intriguing New Severance Option to Underperforming Employees
Ford Rolls Out an Intriguing New Severance Option to Underperforming Employees
In this week's episode, Abbey Dean and friend-of-the-pod Jeff Reinke (Editorial Director for Industrial Equipment News) discuss Ford’s decision to offer longtime employees with performance issues the option to voluntarily leave with a severance package rather than go through a performance enhancement plan. Additional Recommended Reading Ford Offers Easy Exit to Underperforming Workers, SHRM Ford to Offer Some Underperforming Workers Choice of Severance or Performance Improvement, The Wall Street Journal Ford Gives Underperforming Employees Option to Take Severance Package, The Detroit News ‘We Absolutely Have Too Many People’: Ford Ready to Wield the Axe as U.S. Economy Slips into Technical Recession, Fortune Industrial Equipment News Connect With Jeff Reinke
16:42
November 30, 2022
What Employers Need to Know About Salary Transparency
What Employers Need to Know About Salary Transparency
In this week's episode, Abbey Dean and Weller Emmons (Mployer Advisor's VP of Operations) discuss new mandates and regulations around salary transparency. Additional Recommended Reading Pay Transparency Laws Are Here. What’s Up With the Broad Salary Ranges? (Human Resource Executive) Employees Are Demanding Pay Transparency. Here’s How HR Should Respond (Human Resource Executive) Many Employers Will Soon Have to Advertise Salary Thanks to Two New Laws (CNN Business) Pay Transparency Laws by State (Zippia) Pay Transparency Regulations Frequently Asked Questions (U.S. Department of Labor)
21:41
November 16, 2022
A Conversation With a Chief Diversity Officer on Strategic DEI Initiatives and Nurturing an Inclusive Workplace
A Conversation With a Chief Diversity Officer on Strategic DEI Initiatives and Nurturing an Inclusive Workplace
In this week's episode, Abbey Dean (Mployer Advisor's Director of Content) speaks with Ron Snitker about his new position as Chief Diversity Officer at Waller, a prestigious law firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. Additional Recommended Reading About Ron Snitker, Chief Diversity Officer at Waller Connect With Ron Snitker LinkedIn Jobs on the Rise 2022 Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters by McKinsey & Company SHRM: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Mansfield Rule Certification From Diversity Lab
32:53
November 02, 2022
A Peek Inside This Year’s Open Enrollment Season With Derek Winn
A Peek Inside This Year’s Open Enrollment Season With Derek Winn
In this week's episode, Abbey Dean (Mployer Advisor's Director of Content) interviews Derek Winn, a Benefits Advisor and Strategist at Business Benefits Group (BBG), about this year’s open enrollment season. Additional Recommended Reading On-Demand Webinar: Economic Transition & Employee Impact with Derek Winn On-Demand Webinar: Year in Review: Employer Insights From 2021 and How to Plan for 2022 with Derek Winn Benefits Packages: How to Stand Out From the Crowd This Enrollment Season Connect with Derek on LinkedIn
27:34
October 19, 2022
The Gender Wage Gap and Prioritizing Women's Financial Health
The Gender Wage Gap and Prioritizing Women's Financial Health
In this week's episode, Abbey Dean (Mployer Advisor's Director of Content) defines the gender wage gap and discusses why financial health for women is a critical consideration for employers. Plus, friend of the podcast Weller Emmons (Mployer Advisor's VP of Operations) provides an update to a previous episode. Additional Recommended Reading  The Pew Research Center's Gender Pay Gap Wage Calculator Tool  The Economic Policy Institute's Definition of Gender Wage Gap  NPR's Interview With Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest Ellevest's 2022 Financial Wellness Survey  The Department of Labor's Women's Bureau on Employment and Earnings by Occupation 5 Facts About the State of the Gender Pay Gap  This Week in Benefits, Episode 1 (UnitedHealth) This Week in Benefits, Episode 5 (Financial Burnout and Voluntary Benefits)
22:26
October 06, 2022
Why Employers Should Be Following the National Conversation Around Student Loan Forgiveness
Why Employers Should Be Following the National Conversation Around Student Loan Forgiveness
In this week's episode, Abbey Dean sits down with Weller Emmons, VP of Operations for Mployer Advisor, to discuss the Biden Administration's recent announcement on student loan forgiveness and what employers should consider when discussing the value of student loan repayment benefits. Additional Recommended Reading The White House Fact Sheet on Student Loan Forgiveness Employee Benefit News  SHRM  This Week in Benefits: Episode 1 
18:38
September 21, 2022
Strategies to Identify and Mitigate Burnout in the Workplace
Strategies to Identify and Mitigate Burnout in the Workplace
In this week's episode, Abbey Dean sits down with Kari Beam, Founder and Executive Coach of Kari Beam Consulting, and Rebecca Williams, Founder and Chief Dream Officer of Unleashed Potential Executive Coaching and Advising, to discuss best practices to identify and mitigate employee burnout. Additional Recommended Reading Connect With Kari Beam Connect With Rebecca Williams Webinar: Tips for Managing a Hybrid Workforce and Redefining Company Culture Mayo Clinic Definition of Burnout The Best Leaders Aren’t Afraid to be Vulnerable from Harvard Business Review Leading an Exhausted Workforce from Harvard Business Review Addressing Employee Burnout: Are You Solving the Right Problem? from the McKinsey Health Institute How to Recognize and Prevent Workplace Burnout Webinar: Best Practices to Support Mental Health in the Workplace
36:13
August 24, 2022
Could Rethinking Employee Benefits Help Solve the Manufacturing Industry’s Skills Gap?
Could Rethinking Employee Benefits Help Solve the Manufacturing Industry’s Skills Gap?
In this week's episode, Abbey Dean sits down with Jeff Reinke, the Editorial Director of Industrial Equipment News and an expert in all things manufacturing, to discuss the skills gap and why industry leaders must invest in solutions to attract and retain new talent. Additional Recommended Reading Industrial Equipment News Today in Manufacturing Podcast Follow Jeff Reinke on Twitter Deloitte’s 2022 Industry Outlook for Manufacturing Employee Benefits Summary for the Materials Manufacturing Industry Tips for Attracting Prospective Employees in Manufacturing Download Your Complimentary Customized Report to Compare Benefits in Your Industry
29:22
August 10, 2022
Why One Nashville Brewery Is Paying 100% of Employees' Healthcare Benefits
Why One Nashville Brewery Is Paying 100% of Employees' Healthcare Benefits
In this week's episode, Abbey Dean sits down with Wesley Keegan–the Founder, Owner, and Brewmaster at Nashville, Tennessee-based Tailgate Brewery–to discuss his decision to dramatically expand his company’s comprehensive employee benefits plan. Keegan also details how his team communicated these changes to his employees and the complexities involved in expanding benefits coverage. Additional Recommended Reading Tailgate Brewery’s Announcement Compare Your Company’s Benefits Bernard Health
34:01
July 27, 2022
Unpacking the New Urgency Surrounding Behavioral Health Benefits
Unpacking the New Urgency Surrounding Behavioral Health Benefits
In this week's episode, Abbey Dean sits down with Aaron Eaton, the Director of Sales at Marsh McLennan Agency, to discuss the importance of behavioral health benefits and practical solutions employers should explore. Additional Recommended Reading Connect With Aaron Eaton (Marsh McLennan Agency) This Week in Benefits, Episode 5
25:33
July 13, 2022
How Does the Supreme Court's Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade Affect Employers and Health Plans?
How Does the Supreme Court's Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade Affect Employers and Health Plans?
In this episode, Abbey Dean sits down with Lisa Nelson–the Vice President of Employee Benefits, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs for the Leavitt Group–to discuss what employers should consider in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Additional Recommended Reading This Week in Benefits, Episode 4 (Why More Companies Are Banking on Unconventional Employee Benefits) Lisa Nelson’s Post on Roe v. Wade via The Leavitt Group The Leavitt Group  These Companies Will Cover Travel Expenses for Employee Abortions via The New York Times 
25:20
June 29, 2022
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Mployer Advisor's 'Top Employee Benefits Consultant Awards'
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Mployer Advisor's 'Top Employee Benefits Consultant Awards'
In this week's episode, we discuss the launch of Mployer Advisor's second annual "Top Employee Benefits Consultant Awards" with our Chief Marketing Officer Aaron Clifford and Senior Vice President of Customer Success Ben Nye.  Additional Recommended Reading: Mployer Advisor  About the M Score  2022 Award Winners 
16:41
June 15, 2022
Combatting Employee Stress and Financial Burnout With Voluntary Benefits
Combatting Employee Stress and Financial Burnout With Voluntary Benefits
Welcome to This Week in Benefits, a new biweekly podcast from Mployer Advisor, the company that is changing the way employers search, evaluate, and select insurance advisors online. In this week's episode, we discuss the link between workforce burnout and financial stress, as well as financial well-being benefits that employers are beginning to offer nationwide.  Additional Recommended Reading: TechCrunch  CNBC  Harvard Business Review  HR Brew Business Insider  Human Resource Executive The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans 
23:15
June 03, 2022
Why More Companies Are Banking on Unconventional Employee Benefits
Why More Companies Are Banking on Unconventional Employee Benefits
Welcome to This Week in Benefits, a new biweekly podcast from Mployer Advisor, the company that is changing the way employers search, evaluate, and select insurance advisors online. In each episode, our team will bring you the latest news and industry updates in the world of employee benefits. We’ll break down top headlines, bring you interviews with top industry insiders, and highlight market trends and stories we’re following. In this week's episode, we discuss a series of recent non-traditional employee benefits announcements from large employers across the country, including Airbnb, Microsoft, Amazon, Citigroup, and more. Additional Recommended Reading On Airbnb: The New York Times CNN Business NPR On Abortion-Related Travel Reimbursements: Human Resource Executive Employee Benefit News SHRM Axios On Fertility Benefits: Fortune Newsweek
27:53
May 18, 2022
The CFO Perspective on Rising Inflation and Concern Over Healthcare Benefit Expenses
The CFO Perspective on Rising Inflation and Concern Over Healthcare Benefit Expenses
Welcome to This Week in Benefits, a new biweekly podcast from Mployer Advisor, the company that is changing the way employers search, evaluate, and select insurance advisors online. In each episode, our team will bring you the latest news and industry updates in the world of employee benefits. We’ll break down top headlines, bring you interviews with top industry insiders, and highlight market trends and stories we’re following. In this week's episode, Weller Emmons (Mployer Advisor's VP of Operations) joins us once again to provide an update to a previous episode and discuss a new study from Mercer where CFOs nationwide cite healthcare benefit expenses as a top concern.  Additional Recommended Reading: Episode 1: Why the Justice Department is Suing to Block UnitedHealth Group's Latest Acquisition Fierce Healthcare The CFO Perspective on Health: New Survey Results  Full Mercer Report: The CFO Perspective on Health The Wall Street Journal  The Washington Post  Graph from Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) 
17:34
April 20, 2022
Origin Story
Origin Story
Welcome to This Week in Benefits, a new biweekly podcast from Mployer Advisor, the company that is changing the way employers search, evaluate, and select insurance advisors online. In each episode, our team will bring you the latest news and industry updates in the world of employee benefits. We’ll break down top headlines, bring you interviews with top industry insiders, and highlight market trends and stories we’re following. In this week's episode, we're going back to the beginning. Mployer Advisor Founder and CEO Brian Freeman shares Mployer Advisor's origin story, including why transparency is critical within the brokerage space and an explainer on the power of employee benefits.  Additional Recommended Reading: White Paper: Employer Feedback on Broker Fee Disclosures and New Transparency A Conversation With: Founder & CEO Brian Freeman on the No Surprises Act  Webinar Recap: [Part 1] The No Surprises Act: Employee Impact & Broker Fee Disclosure Webinar Recap: [Part 2] The No Surprises Act: Employee Impact and Broker Fee Disclosure Mployer Advisor Named 2022 ‘Technology Start-Up Company of the Year’ During the 13th Annual Nashville Technology Council Awards
21:07
April 06, 2022
Why the Justice Department is Suing to Block UnitedHealth Group's Latest Acquisition
Why the Justice Department is Suing to Block UnitedHealth Group's Latest Acquisition
Welcome to This Week in Benefits, a new biweekly podcast from Mployer Advisor, the company that is changing the way employers search, evaluate, and select insurance advisors online. In each episode, our team will bring you the latest news and industry updates in the world of employee benefits. We’ll break down top headlines, bring you interviews with top industry insiders, and highlight market trends and stories we’re following. In this week's episode, Brian Freeman (the Founder and CEO of Mployer Advisor) and Weller Emmons (the VP of Operations at Mployer Advisor) break down why the Justice Department has decided to sue to block UnitedHealth Group's $13 billion acquisition of Change Healthcare Inc.  Additional Recommended Reading from: The New York Times The Wall Street Journal  Healthcare Finance News  The U.S. Department of Justice  HealthPayerIntelligence 
18:17
March 23, 2022
This Week in Benefits Trailer
This Week in Benefits Trailer
Welcome to This Week in Benefits, a new biweekly podcast from Mployer Advisor, the company that is changing the way employers search, evaluate, and select insurance advisors online. In each episode, our team will bring you the latest news and industry updates in the world of employee benefits. We’ll break down top headlines, bring you interviews with top industry insiders, and highlight market trends and stories we’re following. Tune in for our first episode on March 23, 2022. This will be a season you won't want to miss!
01:43
March 17, 2022