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Top 10 stories of 2017
As Donald Trump took the White House, policies employers have been prepping for — from the fate of the ACA to the DOL’s overtime rule — made a few dramatic shifts. Additionally, healthcare costs continued to rise and retirement readiness played a dominant role in headlines. These articles from the editors of EBN have been 2017’s most viewed items.
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1. What the new GOP healthcare bill means for employers
While the bill’s fate ultimately died in the Senate, there are still a number of its provisions employers should still be aware of that could appear in the year ahead.

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2. 9 benefit trends to watch in 2018
Industry experts weigh in on a range of pain points facing employees, such as managing student debt, and the products that are designed to address them.

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3. IRS announces 2018 retirement plan contribution limits
Employees will be allowed to contribute an extra $500 to their 401(k) next year. Further, the limit on elective deferral for contributions to 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan will increase from $18,000 in 2017 to $18,500 for 2018.

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4. Self-insurance bill passes House vote
The Self-Insurance Protection Act, which protects medical stop-loss, passed in April with a 400-16 vote, which could protect and keep costs down for small and mid-sized self-insured employers.

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5. Zenefits to exit BOR business, work with agencies to license its technology
Atlanta-based OneDigital is the company’s first brokerage partner and will take over the San Francisco firm’s 7,000 client list.

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6. What Trump’s ACA executive order means for employers
Right out of the gate, Trump signaled to the country his intent at replacing his predecessor’s signature healthcare policy.

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7. HSAs to see explosive growth
Health savings accounts are becoming vastly more important for employees because they not only help with medical savings, but put workers on a better track for retirement, experts say.

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8. How Aetna eased its employees’ financial worries
After noticing that workers were borrowing against their 401(k)s, the insurer launched a fiscal wellbeing program to address their money woes.

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9. Lawmakers introduce student debt legislation
A bipartisan bill would give employers and workers new opportunities to tackle growing debt woes.

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10. Why more employers are offering part-time employees full benefits
UPS, Penguin Random House, Baird and a growing number of companies are giving hourly workers a full suite of enviable perks — and seeing long-term loyalty as a result.

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