EBN helps you start your week with three important facts, developments or conversations from recent benefits-related events. Today, we look at communications challenges related to open enrollment now that health care reform is full-steam ahead. Also: California pension woes and tracking employee engagement levels by industry.

1. 2013 open enrollment may be true test for benefits communications
Communicating ahead of open enrollment is both a broader and a more specific challenge in a post-health care reform world. One expert at Univers talks about how she is prepping her clients and tips for how employers should plan. >>More

2. California teachers’ pension ‘most difficult challenge’
The California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s $73 billion unfunded liability may be the state’s “most difficult fiscal challenge” and lawmakers should increase funding for the second-largest U.S. pension, the Legislative Analyst’s Office has reported. >>More

3. Engagement up, but levels vary by industry
Congrats to the construction industry! According to research from the Temkin Group, employees in this industry are the most engaged. Bad news for travel and retail firms, though: Engagement in those industries is the lowest, Temkin finds. >>More

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