KPMG LLP and Appian Announces the Launch of the Workplace Reentry Digital Toolkit

KPMG LLP | August 25, 2020

Through a strategic alliance, KPMG LLP (KPMG) and Appian (NASDAQ: APPN) today announced the launch of the Workplace Reentry Digital Toolkit, to assist companies in getting their employees back to their work locations in a measured way, while following the phases and guidelines outlined by federal, state and local governments. This digital toolkit is an important enabling technology underlying KPMG's Restarting America framework, which provides organizations with tools to help evaluate challenges that individuals and employers may have to navigate as they re-enter the workplace. KPMG's risk-based approach is supported by a number of technologies including the Appian Low-code Automation Platform, and is one way to help iteratively and more effectively reopen workplaces while continuing to manage the threat posed by COVID-19. Organizations must manage the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace until and perhaps even after widespread testing is available and viable treatments and/or vaccines are created. KPMG's Restarting America framework is supported by customizable technology options that, along with an organization's medical and other advisors, can help leaders determine which team members can return, and help maintain a safer workplace as the environment continuously changes.

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REMOTE WORKFORCE

Comprehensive Employee Benefit Plans from Guardian Life Now Available to PrismHR Professional Employer Organizations and Their Small Business Clients

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America | June 18, 2022

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian®) today announced a new partnership with PrismHR that allows Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) access to Guardian's full suite of dental, vision, life, disability, supplemental health, and mental wellness benefits. "The Guardian PrismHR relationship reinforces Guardian's commitment and leadership in the PEO space. We are excited to bring our innovative product portfolio to more employees, helping PEO members obtain lifelong well-being," said Jeff Wasco, Head of Specialty and Emerging Markets for Guardian. The partnership will provide several benefits to PEOs including: Access to comprehensive employee benefits that prioritize well-being like mental wellness benefits through Spring Health, tailored solutions to improve benefits communication, and value-added benefits such as Will Prep Services and an Employee Assistance Program, all with a focus on helping PEO member firms attract and retain employees No ongoing EDI maintenance fees and zero set up cost PrismHR Data Bridge, which automatically extracts, transforms, validates, and securely transfers enrollment data to carriers and providers "I'm excited about the union of PrismHR's technology and Guardian's insurance offerings, This partnership allows PEOs to offer worksite employees attractive benefit offerings that keep cost, value, and variety in mind." -Tim Pratte, President, HRO Business Unit at PrismHR. About The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian®)  Every day, Guardian provides Americans the security they deserve through our insurance and wealth management products and services. Since our founding in 1860, our long-term view has helped our customers prepare for whatever life brings, whether starting a family, planning for the future, or taking care of employees. Today, we're a Fortune 250 mutual company and a leading provider of life, disability, dental, and other benefits for individuals, at the workplace, and through government sponsored programs. The Guardian community of over 9,000 colleagues and our network of over 2,500 financial representatives is committed to serving with expertise when, where, and how our clients need us. Our commitments rest on a strong financial foundation, which at year-end 2021 included $10.7 billion in capital and $1.9 billion in operating income. For more information, please visit guardianlife.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.   About PrismHR PrismHR's mission is to fuel the growth of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across the U.S. Our HR software, combined with our ecosystem of HR service providers, enables SMBs to manage payroll, benefits, and HR, leveling the playing field with large enterprises. Today, PrismHR software delivers world-class HR services to more than 80,000 organizations and over 2 million worksite employees, processing greater than $80 billion in payroll each year. PrismHR is located in Hopkinton, Mass.

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HR ANALYTICS

ComplianceLine to Attend HCCA Conference 3.29 – 4.1

ComplianceLine | January 05, 2021

The Compliance Institute offers the latest updates and trends in all areas of healthcare compliance and ComplianceLine will showcase the latest products and services to support compliance professionals. ComplianceLine will be located at Booths #424 & #390 Join ComplianceLine and more than 2,500+ peers at the primary educational and networking event for healthcare compliance professionals! The 2020 CI includes 180 educational sessions broken into 15 learning tracks, an exhibit hall with 85+ solution providers, and ample networking opportunities. Attendees have the opportunity to obtain live CEUs. Be recognized for your experience and knowledge in compliance and ethics. Take advantage of the opportunity to sit for an optional Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)® or Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC®) or Certified in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC)® exam on the last day of the conference.

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TALENT ACQUISITION

ShiftMed and NAHCA Join Forces to Bring One-Stop Solution to Workforce Crisis

ShiftMed | January 21, 2022

ShiftMed, one of the largest workforce management platforms in health care with over 60,000 credentialed health care professionals, and the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), the professional association for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), have joined forces to launch the National Institute for CNA Excellence (NICE). NICE is an integrated training platform that includes a learning management system to recruit, train, certify, and retain CNAs. The solution will be immediately available to skilled nursing facilities. With CNA workforce shortages at record levels, and the need for long-term care among older adults on the rise, accessibility to quality education and training are national imperatives. As a virtual platform, NICE is designed to address this crisis by providing both CNAs and skilled nursing providers with recruitment, certification, job placement, continuing education, and ongoing career support all in one place. ShiftMed's network of over 1,500 enterprise health care partners will also help solve the workforce shortage by providing the required on-site, hands-on experience required for certification. Through NICE, CNAs will have access to highly qualified instructors, including post-acute and long-term care physicians, aging services policy leaders, and luminaries on topics that include Alzheimer's disease, person-centered care, infection prevention and control, palliative care, survey and certification, and relevant federal regulations. For its part, ShiftMed will tap its database of health care professionals to provide a purpose-driven career pathway for uncertified personal care aides through NICE. Once prospective CNAs have completed their online education through NICE, they will download the ShiftMed mobile app and be matched with nearby health care employers. "NICE takes successful training programs one step further by going beyond the normal requirements to educate the learner on essential skills such as team-building, conflict resolution, person-directed care, and much more, We have collectively spent more than 100,000 hours with CNAs over the past couple of decades, we know CNAs, and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring empowerment and quality professional training and education to millions of individuals who are looking to care for others in a meaningful way." -Lori Porter, NAHCA CEO and creator of NICE. Initial launch of the partnership will take place in Texas, a state that has been heavily impacted by the Delta and Omicron variants. Senior Living Properties, LLC, a 50-location provider across the state of Texas, has signed on as the initial launch partner of NICE. "In ShiftMed's Annual State of Nursing Report, we found that nearly half of U.S. CNAs, LPNs, and RNs are at least somewhat likely to leave the profession in the next two years, a finding that is incredibly telling of the shortage's impact on nurses. You also have CNAs working with more than fifteen residents per shift and leaders who are working 24/7 to fill in the gaps, By educating, training and empowering CNAs, we will improve access to care and improve quality of care and quality of life while addressing the shortage. We are thrilled that NICE will share in NAHCA's mission to demonstrate professional pride and advocacy for policies and practices that advance CNAs in their careers." -Todd Walrath, CEO of ShiftMed About ShiftMed ShiftMed is a next-generation workforce management platform that connects hospitals, assisted living providers, and skilled nursing facilities to the highest quantity and quality of licensed nurses (CNAs, LPNs and RNs). As the #1 nursing jobs mobile app on the App Store with over 140,000 downloads in the past year, ShiftMed serves more than 1,500 enterprise health care partners across the country by offering software tools and direct access to labor for shift scheduling. The ShiftMed on-demand platform dramatically streamlines the delivery of care services and enables health care providers access to compliant, credentialed workers to fulfill their staffing needs faster than any other solution. For more information, visit http://www.ShiftMed.com. About NAHCA The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) is a professional association of and for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and represents more than 20,000 CNA members across the country. NAHCA elevates the professional standing and performance of health care professionals through recognition, advocacy, education, and empowerment to maximize success and quality care. For more information about NAHCA, please visit their website at www.nahcacna.org. About SLP Operations LLC Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, SLP Operations LLC provides health care services, including skilled nursing, long-term care, physical and occupational rehabilitation, speech therapy, Alzheimer's care, wound care management, and respite care. With approximately 2,500 team members, SLP Operations operates centers in San Angelo, Borger, Knox City, Carthage, Centerville, Childress, Coleman, New Braunfels, Pampa, Abilene, Brownwood, Electra, Burkburnett, Johnson City, Mineola, Graham, Hamilton, Haskell, Lubbock, Jacksonville, Waco, Kaufman, Lake Jackson, LaPorte, Lindale, Llano, Flatonia, Giddings, Overton, Palestine, Paris, Temple, Snyder, Sweetwater, Gainesville, Levelland, Orange, Texas City, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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HR STRATEGY

BrightPlan Unveils Strategy and New Solutions to Address Top Business and HR Challenges

BrightPlan | January 20, 2022

BrightPlan, a leader in Total Financial Wellness, today unveiled its strategy and first phase of new solutions for addressing four top challenges business and HR leaders continue to face in 2022: attracting and retaining talent, driving employee experience and engagement, supporting employees' holistic well-being and fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). BrightPlan's integrated strategy encompasses new and enhanced product capabilities including the Total Rewards Statement, financial wellness check-up and data and insights that support employer DE&I efforts. Close to two years into the pandemic, the war for talent rages on as a substantial number of workers continue to fuel the Great Resignation. In November 2021, a record number of 4.5 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs. Lack of engagement and burnout is common: 67% of employees are disengaged at work and 85% say their well-being has declined. Inclusion is also important in this mix with 51% of employees who quit did so because they did not feel a sense of belonging. At the heart of these issues is the employee experience: talent acquisition, engagement, wellness and DE&I challenges all stem from disconnected or unhappy employee experiences that impact the way we work. "The long, anticipated future of work is now, By supporting our customers, listening closely and responding to their evolving needs, we are providing tangible solutions that enable them to address these business challenges, further establishing our commitment as a trusted partner to employers and HR leaders nationwide." -Marthin De Beer, founder and CEO of BrightPlan. BrightPlan's multi-phased strategy outlines the company's approach to solving four pressing challenges faced by businesses today: Attracting & Retaining Talent: To win in this competitive talent market, employers need to create a reputation for stellar culture and a great place to work. In the quest for hiring top talent, recruiters aren't always well-equipped to sell the value of an employer's Total Rewards offering and current employees may not fully understand the benefits that are already available to them, putting employers at a disadvantage in competing for top talent. BrightPlan's new Total Rewards Statement, is an easy-to-use tool customized by company and job candidate that explains the value of total rewards. Additionally, BrightPlan is developing more financial education courses integrated with employer benefits that are relevant to different life stages, like Investing 101 and BrightPlan Guides to getting married, buying a home and more. Employee Experience & Engagement: In our new work reality, employers need to provide their people with the services and support they need to be well, engaged and productive by bringing empathy, care and a more human experience into the workplace. This is core to the employee experience as workers increasingly demand support from their employers. For example, the employee experience is compromised when benefits are inconsistent across geographies and spread across multiple, disjointed platforms. With BrightPlan's recently announced global support for employees of US-based companies working in Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, as well as expanded services for tax planning and preparation, estate planning, student loan optimization and investing enhancements, BrightPlan's Total Financial Wellness solution helps create a more cohesive experience that addresses all aspects of employees' financial lives. Holistic Well-Being: Holistic well-being recognizes the need to care for the "whole person," including their physical, mental, financial and social well-being, but many employee wellness programs are incomplete, generic and obscured. They ignore the top cause of employee stress – finances. Nearly 65% of workers reported they were stressed about finances, leading to worsened mental and physical health. With BrightPlan's new financial wellness check-up —a series of questions to gauge employees' financial wellness—employers receive aggregated insights on the financial well-being of their employees. In addition, BrightPlan provides quarterly reports and dashboards that bring clarity into the adoption and success of employee holistic well-being initiatives. "Supporting employee holistic well-being means meeting people where they are physically, mentally and financially, BrightPlan helps us empower our associates to bring their best selves to work. We are excited they continuously listen to our feedback and develop capabilities to further support our associates in achieving their financial goals." -Lindsay Madaras, LivingWell manager at Alliance Data. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Fostering a culture of inclusiveness and belonging where every individual feels welcome can be challenging. There is no one-size-fits-all solution and many employer programs do not adequately address the unique needs of underrepresented groups. Financial wellness is key to DE&I since true diversity, equity and inclusivity in the workplace is about recognizing each employee's unique background and supporting them in their well-being journey. Due to the wealth gap for underrepresented groups, inclusion in the workplace should also focus on fostering a sense of financial security through equal pay, equal opportunity and access to resources such as financial wellness benefits. BrightPlan partners with HR teams to address the unique needs of different employee populations through employee resource groups (ERGs). In addition to providing quarterly engagement reports and dashboards, BrightPlan's strategy includes working with each employer to bring DE&I-specific insights into the equation, enabling HR leaders to drive customization and improved decision-making. Further, BrightPlan is adding Spanish-speaking financial advisors to make financial wellness more accessible to diverse employee populations. Amid continued accelerated change in the workplace and in employees' lives, BrightPlan's strategy is a blueprint equipped with tangible solutions for addressing key challenges faced by businesses today and provides takeaways for shaping the future of work. For more information on BrightPlan's strategy and solutions in these four areas, please visit this link. About BrightPlan BrightPlan is a leader in Total Financial Wellness. BrightPlan provides a comprehensive solution that addresses all aspects of employees' financial health at every stage of life, and empowers HR teams to enhance the employee experience and better attract, retain and engage talent. Its unique combination of digital platform and human advisors enables employers to deploy at scale while delivering personalization for employees. The company is the first financial wellness solution certified for fiduciary excellence by the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX).

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