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GIG WORKERS—SHORT-TERM MENTALITY,LONG-TERM NEEDS

Benefits Products & Services As on-demand workforce grows, Prudential seeks benefits solutions For most people, “work” is the place you go every week to perform your marketable skills in exchange for a paycheck. That check is reduced by mandatory withholdings and augmented by a package of employee benefits. If you are a “gig worker,” an independent contractor with 1099 income, you pretty much get a paycheck, period. Gig workers perform

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IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION

Be informed about the product before someone pretends to be you You file your federal income tax return, only to receive a letter from the Internal Revenue Service that someone else beat you to it and has received your refund. Someone with your name and credit identification has bought a car in a town where you have never lived. Money is missing from your bank accounts. If you have ever

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    GALLAGHER’S DATA-DRIVEN STRATEGY

GALLAGHER’S DATA-DRIVEN STRATEGY

Benefits Products & Services Benchmarking survey supports holistic consulting “Employers ask us all the time, ‘What else should we be thinking about?’” says William F. Ziebell, president of Gallagher Employee Benefits Consulting and Brokerage. That’s because employers have come to think of Gallagher as doing more than placing benefits business, he says. Gallagher’s holistic approach to benefits consulting includes advice on a wide range of operational and HR practices. “The

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    CRITICAL ILLNESS: NEW COVERAGE OPTIONS MEET EVOLVING NEEDS

CRITICAL ILLNESS: NEW COVERAGE OPTIONS MEET EVOLVING NEEDS

Sales of the product are rising, with opportunities for agents and brokers Everyone fears the big three: heart attack, stroke and cancer—and those serious medical conditions account for 70% to 90% of claims filed under critical illness insurance products, underwriters say. But critical illness insurance, sold primarily as a supplemental voluntary benefit, is evolving rapidly, covering more illnesses to fill the expanding gaps in employer-paid medical benefits. “Employee deductibles have

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CUSTOMIZED ENROLLMENT STRENGTHENS BENEFITS PLANS

Benefits Products & Services MetLife study points to strategic advisor role for brokers Major providers of benefits products are trying to make benefits choices easier for plan participants to understand and more customized to their life circumstances. Their goal is to eliminate confusion for workers, help them better prioritize their financial and health product needs, and encourage them to think about their benefits program holistically. “The vast majority of Americans

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