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Yesterday, it was announced that Zenefits has sold its book of insurance business to OneDigital in an effort to re-focus the fledgling start-up.  From our perspective, this is a positive move for our industry in that it validates our historical position that the sale and servicing of employee benefits is a complex and highly personalized business and must be handled by local resources with deep expertise and consulting abilities. We also believe it is positive for the industry in that it returns people to and keeps people in their traditional swim lanes – operating where they perform best -
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As I have referenced in past MJ Blog posts, you don’t have to look much further than the agenda of large, national HR conferences to understand what is on the minds of HR professionals.  The #1 topic these days is centered around talent – how to attract it, how to engage it, how to leverage it, how to retain it, how to manage it, how to reward it, etc.  Everyone is focused on trying to maximize their ability to attract and retain the top talent for their particular industry. One might think that addressing talent has long been a focus of HR professionals -- and it has been to some degree
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As someone who has spent the vast majority of a 25+ year career focused on technology and how it can improve the lives of HR and Benefits professionals, I couldn’t be happier to see an increased focus on technology within our industry.  Within the last week alone, the following headlines have popped up in my in-box from our friends at Employee Benefit Advisor:  Taking Action on HR Technology; The digital healthcare revolution is just beginning; and 7 up-and-coming trends in HR tech.  We are in a time of unprecedented growth of technology within our industry and yet, unfortunately, too ma
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We’ve all heard the phrase, “Third Time is the Charm” and you’ve likely used it countless times over the years.  The derivation of the phrase is somewhat unknown, but most everyone traces it back to the 1830s, when Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote: “The luck of the third adventure is proverbial.”  This phrase is primarily used today when someone hopes/wishes that the third time something is to be attempted, it will be successful – and luck will play a key role. As it relates to our industry and as we stand here in April 2017 and look backwards at calendar years 2015 and 2016
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As we ring in a new year, I thought it might be beneficial for us to share our perspectives for how the HR and Benefits Technology marketplace will evolve throughout 2017 – as these innovations and pushes will be at the forefront of your client’s minds over the next 12 months. Within our industry, the last few years have seen a laser-like focus on compliance. More specifically, both employers and HR/Benefits technology vendors have been focused on ACA and Forms 1094/1095. Both vendors and employers alike were simply focused on producing those forms and getting them right (which many acc
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