Attracted in part by the opportunity to hear from experts from companies such as Walmart and Facebook, HR professionals gathered at the Benefits Forum & Expo in New Orleans last week to discuss the changing benefits industry.
At the event, which is sponsored by Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit Adviser, industry experts discussed everything from the paid leave policies springing up across the country to the healthcare and retirement compliance issues plaguing employers.
For example, attendees listened as the largest private employer in the U.S. talked about its new benefit to help employees with financial stress. According to Walmart’s benefits director, about 20% of its workers are using Even, which allows employees to receive wages before their next pay period.
In another packed session, benefits leaders from Estée Lauder and Options Clearing Corp. debunked the myth that student debt benefits are expensive to fund and administer.
Below are some highlights from the show that were featured on Twitter.
Bosses should do more to make the work-from-home experiment palatable and safe for all involved by subsidizing utility bills and workspace equipment, and changing managerial habits, with more trust given to employees.