Why should employers care about the ABLE Act? With so much else going on, families most affected by special needs laws aren’t always able to keep up with changes. Read the takeaways employers should communicate to this high-risk workforce group.
Millions of American working parents struggle with simply getting to work. It’s a theme that President Obama embraced during his State of the Union address last night: “It’s time we stopped treating child care as a side issue….or as a women’s issue…and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.”
Does your company have a future workforce strategy? You need to know what’s affecting your specific employee population, and then create employee benefits strategies that head off future issues.
I started my career as a teacher in a large child care organization. When I found out I was expecting, I was shocked to discover I didn’t have child care benefits. But after researching, I realized I could keep doing what I loved — at a company that provides truly meaningful benefits.
Word came out that Obama will soon propose a program making community college tuition-free. Regardless of where you stand, this discussion needs to happen. We can’t lament the cost of education in one breath and discourage a solution with the next!
For nearly a decade, the ratio of college counselors to high school students has been about 1:500. When families don’t have enough access to high school counselors, they turn elsewhere for answers — and the internet opens up a black hole of misinformation and undue stress.
Every year, the choices my family makes to give back seem more complicated. Human resources leaders feel a similar struggle. They’re considering how to give back to their employees with meaningful benefits. They’re also inundated with many requests — and they have to prioritize and stay within budget.
Many people look forward to the new year. Parents with college-bound kids, however, tend to view January with a sense of dread. Why? That’s the day the FAFSA financial aid form becomes available. A lot seems to be riding on the completion of this one form—the primary path to college financial assistance in this country. While some fears are overblown, the stakes are still high.
Some of your employees have likely made New Year’s resolutions to get back into the classroom and learn new skills. Many people put off a degree because they feel they can’t juggle another responsibility. That’s why it’s imperative to have a strategy that helps employees balance work, school, and family.
My problem with Santa is his selective gift-giving. That’s why we benefits professionals should strive to do our jobs better than Santa Claus this year. We should make sure we’re filling the metaphorical stockings of all our employees this year and not leaving anyone out.