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Rich work-life offerings bring employers good Fortune’

Rich work-life offerings bring employers good Fortune’ Kelley M. Blassingame When it comes to making Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, work-life offerings go a long way. Woven through the motley tapestry of this year’s honorees is a common thread: rich work-life benefits. That’s not surprising, considering that two-thirds of each candidate’s […]

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Technology’s effects on health costs mixed

Technology’s effects on health costs mixed Karen Lee Those seemingly inexpensive medical procedures meant to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of surgery may not be so inexpensive after all. Analysts published by Project HOPE say that the cost of medical technology as a percentage of total health spending has increased from 12% in 1994 to […]

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Annuity payout options emerging in 401(k) market

Annuity payout options emerging in 401(k) market Jill Elswick As a method of retirement income distribution, annuities appear to be going the way of the handshake and a gold watch. The ranks of large employers offering an annuity payout option to 401(k) participants fell from 31% to 17% between 1999 and 2003, according to human […]

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Diabetes’ revalence, cost and impact on productivity

Diabetes’ revalence, cost and impact on productivity Katherine A. Durso, Ph.D. A nearly unprecedented confluence of demographic and lifestyle factors have made diabetes one of the most serious health-related problems confronting employers today. Type 2 diabetes, long associated with those in their fifties and older, has begun to appear increasingly among 30- and 40-year-olds, thus […]