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week ending June 19th, 2020
Offering a financial wellness program to employees was considered a value-added benefit, but the effects of the coronavirus pandemic revealed it as an urgent necessity. Retirement industry professionals specifically anticipate a significant shift toward emergency savings accounts as millions of workers are struggling to make ends meet. But financial wellness is not the only thing the pandemic has affected. Employees are feeling effects on their physical and mental health as well. As financial, physical and emotional and mental health can be interconnected, employers are focusing on more holistic wellness programs. In this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend, we offer information to help employers establish wellness programs to meet the needs of their workforce.
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Benefits
Pandemic Reveals Overwhelming Need for Financial Wellness Programs
More employers will see financial wellness programs as a necessity and emergency savings as a top priority.
Benefits
Financial Wellness Will Be the New Priority Following the Pandemic
This will be especially true for Millennials, retirement industry sources say.
Opinions
An Inclusive Approach to Setting (or Resetting) a Financial Wellness Program
Warren Cormier, with the DCIIA Retirement Research Center, discusses how financial wellness programs can evolve to better engage employees and address their present-day realities and concerns.
Benefits
The Scope of Physical Wellness Programs Is Broadening
The attention the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to mental and social well-being and the expansion of telemedicine services will transform employer wellness programs.
Benefits
Unprecedented Times Increasing Focus on Holistic Well-Being Programs
Despite employers’ own financial strain, most are committed to expanding wellness programs to address increased employee needs during the pandemic.
Popular Reads
2021 Health Savings Account Survey
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Compliance
403(b) Plan Sponsor Sued Over Excessive Fees and Underperforming Investments
The lawsuit calls out the use of the active suite of the Fidelity Freedom target-date funds, among other things.
Benefits
Addressing the Haves and Have-Nots in Retirement Savings
The experience during the pandemic of those with and without retirement savings has highlighted the issue of income inequality, says Ed Farrington, with Natixis Investment Managers.
Data and Research
Plans With ESG Options See Larger Contribution Rates
Ninety percent of participants who are aware of environmental, social and governance options in their plan’s lineup say they invest in them. 
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