April 2004

The Bottom Line

Attacking the Glass Ceiling

Companies find that initiatives to advance women up the corporate ladder also help the bottom line

CDHP Skinny

When employees get involved, do plan sponsors save?

Change by Design

The new Medicare law helps employers with retiree health-care costs, but many still are rethinking how their plans are set up

Course Corrections

Benchmarking is not just for the asset side of the pension balance sheet

Finding the Middle Ground

Plan execs' compensation rose last year, but strapped employers are reining in bonuses and fighting turnover

Let It All Hang Out

The US appears likely to get started this year on a project that will revamp pension accounting—and lay bare your plan's finances

Picking a Winner

When was the last time you heard a company brag that its 401(k) plan was average?

Shifting Gears

Too much health-care cost shifting can create recruitment and retention problems, say recruiters

Shore Leave

Turnover, taxes, culture clash: Employers find offshore outsourcing is not always a bed of roses

Wrestling with ROI

More companies want to know the return on their benefits packages. What they learn can help them understand what motivates employees

A Carrot, Not a Stick

Companies are finding creative ways to make employees understand their role in cutting health-care costs

Deflating the Parachute

New golden parachute regulations take effect just as IRS begins audit program scrutinizing these packages

Fat Cats "Fever"

Election year politics notwithstanding, executive compensation legislation has a good chance to pass this year