The moment you've been preparing for your whole life, er, year has finally arrived. It's basically the Olympics for Human Resources professionals. It requires preparation and dedication, it's not for the faint of heart. You're sure to encounter a few set backs or hiccups along the way, but ultimately you keep moving forward until the finish line is in sight. The moment I'm referring to is Open Enrollment, which for most companies has just happened or is happening at the very moment as you're hiding under a desk to read this article and restore your sanity.
One common misconception of Student Loan Assistance is that it is a costly benefit. Employers often think they need to offer upwards of $100 or more each month to rollout this type of benefit program. We're here to tell you that's not the case. By implementing best practices when launching a Student Loan Assistance program, employers can see significant employee engagement that costs the company less than the free coffee offered in the break room each month.
It's mid-November, you've done your research for 2019 benefits and you've decided that you want to offer Student Loan Assistance to your employees come 1/1. That's great! However, you quickly realize that you need to take this to your leadership team for budget approval and you fear it's going to go as many of them do, without a firm answer or approval, leaving you in limbo for the time being. Rather than going it alone, let's join forces to build the business case for your company.
Our company was honored to be selected earlier this year for the Fintech program at Plug & Play, a Silicon Valley-based organization that connects some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies with the most promising technology firms in their industries.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only a third of employees who have access to a retirement program are actively using it to save for their future. Many either don’t see the benefit at this stage in their lives or they simply can’t afford to contribute until they have paid off their student debt.
Did you know, companies that are diverse boast 19% more revenue than those that are not? It's true, according to a recent BCG study. This finding could be part of the reason one in three human resources leaders stated that improving diversity would be a main focus throughout 2018. To do so, many top firms, from technology to higher education, have made a place on the leadership team for someone who focuses on this area of the business.
With 2019 right around the corner, your orginization may be thinking you missed the boat on adding some new benefits to next year's offering. While that may be the case for other benefits, it doesn't have to be the case for Student Loan Assistance. Peanut Butter has streamlined the process, so you can begin offering it today (it's true - which is one of the reasons we have a 5-star rating on G2 Crowd)!
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Global accelerator program Plug and Play announced last week it has selected 158 startups to participate in its Winter 2018 batches. According to Plug and Play, the selected startups will take part in one of the following programs: Energy & Sustainability, Enterprise 2.0, Health, Insurtech, Internet of Things, Mobility, Real Estate, or Travel & Hospitality.
A recent survey, however, showed that 60 percent of Millennials (those now 19-35) don't think they'll be able to pay off their loans until they're in their 40s.
In August, the IRS issued a groundbreaking ruling that could affect the tax treatment of employers’ student loan repayment contributions. We can help you understand what the ruling means, how to explain it to your stakeholders, and how companies can act on it to offer a differentiated benefit before their competitors do.
Hiring is hard. While this has always been the case, it is ringing true now more than ever. As the unemployment rate nears its lowest point in 50 years, the number of people leaving their jobs continues to go up. Workers feel confident that if (read: when) they leave their current company, they'll be able to find better pay and/or a better position elsewhere. This has not only made it increasingly difficult for employers to retain high-performing employees, but it's also create additional competition in getting top talent to accept offers.
Limra, a worldwide research, consulting, and professional development organization that helps more than 600 insurance and financial services companies in 73 countries increase their marketing and distribution effectiveness, will be hosting its annual Group and Worksite Benefits Conference from September 11-13, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. On the second day of the conference, our CEO, David Aronson, is presenting alongside our partner Aflac, who will be represented by Jon Hethcox, Partner Relationship Manager.
Making payments towards employees student loans via payroll deduction: is it a convenience or does it come with a cost? As several vendors have begun requiring employees to make their minimum monthly student loan payment via payroll deduction as a requirement of Student Loan Assistance Programs, companies may look at this as an added perk that will help employees. What some fail to understand, however, is that they may actually be putting employees at a disadvantage if they choose to administer their program this way.
It's no secret that student loans are causing many to delay saving for retirement. As students need to take out more and more to pay for college, the challenge in paying their loans back continues to grow. However, it is not just the recent graduates whose retirement plans are impacted by student debt. Recent studies show that some parents are continuing to work past the age of retirement to help pay off their student loans. Keep reading to learn more about the impact student loans have on the older generation.
As we covered in our last post, Peanut Butter makes it extremely simple for employers to begin helping employees manage their student debt by offering Student Loan Resources. When companies provide access to Student Loan Resources, employees are able begin taking charge of their student loans immediately. However, when companies are ready to accelerate their impact, they can begin offering Student Loan Repayment with a few clicks of a button through their Peanut Butter Dashboard.
Did you know that 70% of people with student loans don't know if they can pay less? Now they will. Peanut Butter has created a way to make offering Student Loan Assistance even easier, so that employers can begin making a difference for employees now. Our platform allows companies to start offering Student Loan Resources in under 15 minutes, with no on-going administration.
With 44 million Americans holding student debt, it's pretty easy to see that those affected by this is widespread. However, when considering whether to offer Student Loan Assistance most employers first question is often "How many of MY employees have student debt"? While it can seem difficult to determine, there are several different ways to go about finding the answer to that question and in this post we'll cover two different approaches.
In February, Members Development Company (MDC), a network of some of the nation's largest credit unions working together on meaningful research and development projects, presented some key research around the student loan crisis during their Winter Owners Meeting.
As more Americans flock to colleges and universities against a backdrop of rising tuition costs, it is increasingly clear that we are in the midst of a student loan crisis. The proliferation of high-cost student loans outpaces both inflation and wage growth, and delinquency rates are now higher than ever before, surpassing all other mainstream credit products. In total, there is $1.45 trillion in student loan debt in the U.S., and it grows by $2,700 every second. Over 44 million Americans currently hold student loan debt.
With Millennial workers now making up the vast majority of the workforce and the post-millenial generation beginning to make an entrance, there's no surprise that half of employees are unsatisfied with benefits provided to them by their employers. Companies have tried to add additional perks, such as trendy office spaces or Friday happy hours, to round out their benefits package and satisfy the younger members of their organizations.