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Talking Benefits

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans benefits pros Julie Stich, Justin Held and Anne Patterson dive into retirement, health care, hot trends, or whatever else the benefits industry throws at them.

Last Episode Date: 16 May 2024

Total Episodes: 85

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16 May 2024
Regulatory Update

On this episode, we discuss the recent regulatory releases out of Washington D.C. and what they mean for the health benefits industry.

31 min
30 April 2024
Financial Education Trends

This month the Pod Squad discusses the trends we're seeing in employer financial education benefits and how educating employees on their personal finances can better your organization. Find all of the International Foundation resources and tools Anne and Julie discussed her...

14 min
6 March 2024
Loneliness in the Workplace

This week, we focus on this years theme for National Employee Benefits Day, which is addressing loneliness in the workplace and what employers can do to help. Visit for more information about the best day of the year!

16 min
22 February 2024
Family-Forming Benefits

We dive into the many options and why employers may want to consider offering benefits for family-forming services like IFV, egg harvesting, egg and sperm freezing, surrogacy, etc.

12 min
31 January 2024
Benefits Bonus: Three Ways to Use AI in Employee Benefits

Artificial Intelligence seems to be taking the world by storm, but can it be applied to employee benefits? We dive into how this new technology can help benefits professionals and when they should be cautious. This episode is an audio read of a Word on Benefits blog post. R...

8 min
18 December 2023
2023 Benefits Year In Review

In what has become a Talking Benefits tradition, we're recapping all the big benefits news from 2023 in this last episode of the year. Here are links to all of the International Foundation content we mention in this episode: 2022 Employee Benefits Survey results https://i...

32 min
28 November 2023
Benefits Bonus: Mental Health in the Workplace

Talking Benefits producer, Stacy Van Alstyne, shares her recent Word on Benefits blog post on the best practices in addressing mental health in the workplace. You can read Stacy's blog post here:

7 min
30 October 2023
The Impact of Caregiving on Retirement Security

Caregiving, whether it be for children or older relatives, can impact employees' retirement security long into their golden years. In this episode, we talk with Craig Copeland, Ph.D. from the Employee Benefit Research Institute on how caregiving affects employees, who it aff...

12 min
24 July 2023
Benefits Bonus: Could ChatGPT Be Used in Employee Benefits?

ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence tool, is making headlines. But, does it have any place in the employee benefits industry? We talked to some human experts to find out. Read Kathy's post and many other great blog posts on the International Foundation's Word on Benefits Bl...

7 min
27 June 2023
State-Facilitated Retirement Plans

More and more states are stepping up to fill the savings gap for individuals who don't have access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. In this episode we talk to Christine Cheng, Director of the Illinois SECURE CHOICE program on how Illinois employers fit into the progra...

33 min
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