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Benefits news you may have missed: July 6-10

From Twitter’s new virtual camp for employees to an inside look at Pinterest’s COVID benefits strategy, here are some of the week’s top stories.
By: | July 10, 2020 • 3 min read

Twitter launches virtual camp for employees and their children: Witnessing the pressure some of its employees are under while working and taking care of their children during the pandemic, Twitter is launching a unique perk to help working parents: a virtual camp to keep their kids occupied. Read more here.

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Inside Pinterest’s COVID-19 benefits strategy: Expanded parenting benefits and mental health support are among the tactics for the social media company. Read more here.

How many employees offer student loan benefits? Student loan benefits have been a rising benefit from the last few years, but a new survey by XpertHR shows little movement on how many employers offer the perk. Read more here.

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Record-breaking healthcare premiums ‘not a great’ milestone: Family premiums keep increasing, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. So how are employers holding down costs? KFF’s Rabah Kamal shares some insight. Read more here.

Remote work, mental health, resilience: COVID lessons from employers: Months into the pandemic, workplace leaders are not only focusing on the now—they’re looking ahead to the future and rethinking policies that have the potential to change the workplace forever. Leaders from BNY Mellon, Pfizer and Siemens sound off on how they’re handling the pandemic—and how they expect the workplace to change forever. Read more here.

(Photo credit: CVS Health)

Coronavirus resource spotlight: CVS Health’s return to work service: A look at the health company’s service that aims to help employees safely return to the workplace. Read more here.

Working women struggling with depression amid pandemic: Working women’s level of depressed mood has increased 83% since February, versus 36% for working men, according to new research. COVID-19 is undoubtedly taking an emotional toll on employees, with many surveys finding that employees are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout. But the results from the index find that COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting women as far as mental anguish. Read more here.

Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver. She can be reached at kmayer@lrp.com.

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