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Certified Employee Benefit Specialist program



Word on Benefits Blog

The New CEBS: It’s Here and I’m All In, Rachel Oliver

Tracking EEOC Rules for Wearables in Wellness Programs, Teri Dougherty
Generic Drugs Coming to a Store Near You, Faster, Adam Abelson
Disability Benefits: An Overlooked Piece of the Employee Benefits Package, Brenda Hofmann
Top 5 Tips for 401(k) Loan Program Design, Jenny Lucey
Put a Ring On It or Lose Domestic Partner Benefits, Brenda Hofmann
Employee-Approved Wellness Trends, Anne Killian


New Podcast!


A new episode of the Talking Benefits Podcast was released earlier this week. The focus of this episode is disaster planning and response for benefit plans. Listen and like the episode!



Tune in to this month’s episode for a quick update on the benefits news from the past month, followed by a close look at how benefit plans can prepare for and respond to a disaster: 

Since last month . . . updates on:

  • ACA news—Status of repeal, exchanges and subsidies
  • Foundation from the Foundation—Budget reconciliation explained
  • Conflict of Interest Rule
  • MPRA
  • Same-sex spouse benefits coverage in Houston, Texas

Disaster preparedness

  • Accommodations from the IRS, DOL and PBGC
  • Participant communication
  • Employee assistance programs (EAPs)
  • Paid leave

True Story—Our special guest, Maurice Hodos, CEBS, shares how his fund office came to the aid of participants after Hurricane Katrina


New Benefit Bit Video:

Trustee Responsibility on DB/DC Plans, Henry Eickelberg
Impact of Early Retirement on Pension Plans, Derek Dobson


Additional Helpful Articles:

5 Reasons Enhanced Benefits Programs Are Good for Business: 

The Benefits of Allowing Employees a Flexible Schedule:

Should You Offer Employees Unlimited Vacation?

4 Employee Benefits That Will Improve Retention:


Additional Employee Benefit Information


United States Department of Labor


Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)


Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)






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