TouchPoints: The Empyrean Blog

Introducing Pilot: Your Benefits Recommendation Engine to Guide Employees’ Smart Decisions

March 13th, 2019

By Jim Priebe, Executive Vice President, Product

After completing more than 1,500 hours of training to navigate the skies, it’s not surprising that pilots are among the most trusted professionals in America. Similarly, Empyrean’s recommendation engine helps employees navigate their benefit choices and determine their best coverage “destinations” – so it’s fitting that we’ve launched the major new release of our recommendation engine with enhanced capabilities and a new name: Empyrean PilotSM.

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Help Employees Give Flowers, Not the Flu, with Telehealth

February 5th, 2019

By Jill Hernandez, Director of Specialty Insurance Solutions

It’s February, which means love is in the air…and unfortunately, so are germs.

You don’t have to be a medical professional to know that doctor’s offices are especially crowded this time of year, with low temperatures bringing lower immune systems. Employers no doubt are struggling to find effective ways to remain productive as employees take higher rates of sick days and navigate the healthcare system. And if you have tiny petri dishes – ahem, children – like me, you’re on high alert this time of year for the first sign of illness in your home.

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Drive Smart Enrollment with Decision-Support Tools: The 4 Crucial Elements of an Effective Recommendation Engine

January 11th, 2019

Benefits administration technology is reshaping the way employees engage with their benefits—and decision-support tools are a significant factor driving this change. To accommodate the needs of a diverse workforce, however, HR leaders must consider the quality and context of the tools and technology they leverage.

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Top Tips to Create a Successful Benefits Administration Request for Proposal (RFP)

November 19th, 2018

The request for proposal (RFP) is a key element when evaluating benefit administration providers. RFP responses can provide a look under the hood of a potential partner’s solution and services, but in order to get the most value from the RFP process, it’s crucial that your questionnaire goes beyond a simple “check-the-box” exercise.

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The Value of Voluntary: How to Engage Your Employees with Supplemental Coverage

September 27th, 2018

Voluntary benefits are increasingly essential to employee peace of mind and financial wellbeing, but many employees still struggle to understand how their supplemental plans work. This confusion results in coverage gaps and limited job satisfaction – but a tailored enrollment and benefits experience can help.

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3 Tips to Get Ahead of Annual Enrollment

August 23rd, 2018

As employers enter the second-half of the year, many HR professionals are also rapidly approaching their company’s Annual Enrollment (AE) period. AE is the busiest time of the year for most benefit teams – but planning a successful AE doesn’t have to be stressful.

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Empyrean Named to the Inc. 5000 List for the Sixth Year in a Row

August 15th, 2018

Empyrean has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the sixth consecutive year.

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HR in the C-Suite: How to Gain Influence as an HR Leader

July 26th, 2018

HR is a central pillar of every employer’s success, but many organizations struggle to leverage the full impact that Human Resources can have on their businesses. How can you demonstrate value as a strategic leader and increase C-suite support for your initiatives?

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Empyrean Ranks on the HBJ Fast 100 List and is Named an Enterprise Champion Finalist

July 23rd, 2018

2018 marks Empyrean’s third consecutive year on the Houston Business Journal’s list of the 100 fastest growing private businesses in the Greater Houston area. Empyrean has also been honored as an Enterprise Champion finalist.

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Rich Wolfe Wins the Houston Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO Award

July 19th, 2018

Rich Wolfe has been selected as one of the leading CEOs in Houston by the Houston Business Journal.

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2018 Benefit Trends: How Trends are Shaping the Benefits Landscape

May 25th, 2018

In today’s tight talent market, benefits are an increasingly important factor in determining employee satisfaction and company success. Proactive HR leaders are staying ahead of the curve by empowering participants with personalized resources to meet their diverse needs. How does your approach compare?

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Empyrean CEO Rich Wolfe Named a 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

May 1st, 2018

The 2018 award marks the fourth year in a row that Empyrean’s CEO and Co-Founder has been the recipient of EY’s prestigious honor.

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Affordable Care Act Update 2018: ACA Requirements for Employers

April 5th, 2018

Over a year into the Trump presidency and the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still as unclear as ever, at least for employers. The Internal Revenue Service has made no move to alter companies’ ACA compliance and reporting requirements – even as the Individual Mandate becomes obsolete in 2019. And after years of promising penalties, the IRS is now actively pursuing fines for ACA non-compliance, which could end up impacting companies in a very big way.

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The 3 Essential Traits of Best-in-Class Benefits Administration Technology

March 2nd, 2018

Employee benefits can be a demanding part of your daily business – but this doesn’t have to be the case. A best-in-class benefits administration partner will give your team the boost needed to make the most out of each day. But what should you expect from a premier provider?

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Empyrean Wins Three Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service

February 26th, 2018

Empyrean won awards in three categories of the 12th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. This is the company’s first year participating in the competition, which drew over 2,500 nominations from businesses and industries around the world.

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Wellness at Work: 3 Keys for Healthier, Happier, and More Productive Employees

February 12th, 2018

An engaging employee wellness program can bring about positive and lasting change that can benefit your workforce and your bottom line. But what is the best way to drive wellness success without burdening your team?

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Empyrean Named a Stevie Awards Finalist

January 19th, 2018

Empyrean is proud to be recognized as a finalist in three categories of the 2018 Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service.

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5 Ways Benefits Administration Technology Enables HR Benefits Risk Management

December 8th, 2017

Staying ahead of risks is a critical priority for HR leaders, but ever-evolving regulations and shifting complexities make it challenging. Concerns can quickly spiral into major issues that are costly and time-consuming to resolve – but smarter solutions will help you take a more proactive approach to human resources risk management.

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ACA Update: How the GOP’s Tax Bill Will Impact Obamacare

December 1st, 2017

2017 has seen numerous attempts at repealing, replacing, or otherwise weakening the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite executive orders and several alternatives from members of Congress, Republican leaders were previously unable to implement changes to the landmark health care law. However, that has changed with the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a major bill that recently cleared the Senate.

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The Houston Business Journal has spotlighted Empyrean’s new headquarters

Houston Business Journal Highlights Empyrean’s New Houston Office

November 21st, 2017

The Houston Business Journal has spotlighted Empyrean’s new headquarters in a recent article.

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