Benefits news you may have missed: May 3-7

5 reasons to attend the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference: I don’t exactly need to say, again, that benefits have changed dramatically because of COVID-19. But I am excited to really dive into that topic next week during HRE’s Health & Benefits Leadership Conference–held virtually May 11-13, which will go in-depth on how the pandemic has permanently changed health and benefits strategies. Haven’t registered yet? Here are five reasons you shouldn’t wait. Read more here.

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As universities mandate vaccines, will more employers join them? Several universities across the nation are requiring their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a sign that employers are getting serious about vaccines as they mull a return to the workplace. Read more here.

Thrive Global founder is talking benefits at HBLC: Arianna Huffington is joining the roster of HRE’s Health & Benefits Leadership Conference, the three-day virtual event that will be held May 11-13. Huffington–founder and CEO of behavior change technology company Thrive Global, founder of The Huffington Post, and author of 15 books–will be joined by Mastercard Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Fraccaro in a discussion at 1 p.m. EDT May 13. Read more here.

5 tips to help reduce employee stress: The mental health challenges facing employees–and in fact facing everyone–during the past 13 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been well-documented. This week, as the second Mental Health Awareness Month of the pandemic begins, many employers are turning toward helping alleviate those challenges. Read more here.

How to use employee benefits to tackle–not perpetuate–racism: At their core, employee benefits are intended to support and advance employees’ wellness. However, early on in Andrea Trudelle’s career as a benefits leader, she had an eye-opening experience on how benefits can actually marginalize certain populations of workers. Read more here.

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Number of the Day: Speakers at HRE’s benefits conference: HRE’s Health & Benefits Leadership Conference kicks off next week, with former “Good Morning America” co-host Joan Lunden opening the event at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday. She’ll be talking about her experiences as a caregiver and what organizations can do to better support caregivers in the workforce. Read more here.

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Kathryn Mayer
Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s former 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.