Smart stops on the Web.


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SITES

A Network for Benefits Information
www.benefits.net
The Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) sponsors this site. Although it is mostly for ECFC members, there are many sections of the site free to the public, among which are an online copy of CapitoLetter , the ECFCs quarterly newsletter; press releases pertaining to benefits issues; a survey of flexible benefits; and links to government sites.

And the Survey Says
www.bls.gov/ebshome.htm
The Bureau of Labor Statistics site is devoted to its employee benefits surveysfor medium and large private industries, small private industries and state and local governments. These surveys cover most aspects of employee benefits from defined benefit pension plans to the average number of employee vacation days. The site also includes an online publication called Compensation and Working Conditions .

Benefit From This Benefits Site
www.benefitslink.com/index.shtml
The National Employee Benefits site offers detailed information for employers sponsoring employee benefit plans and participating employees. The site includes an employee benefits library with many links to benefits topics and related government documents, information about upcoming conferences and a message board to post benefits and compliance questions.

News on Employee Benefits
www.benefitnews.com
The Employee Benefit News site has an online publication by the same name and offers paid services as well as many free ones, such as management tips, a section to get feedback and advice on various benefits topics, a glossary of terms and a conference calendar.   More News to Benefit Employers
www.ifebp.org
The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) Web site includes information on conferences, certification and training and its own online bookstore, but the real value in this site comes from its long and detailed list of links. Site topics linked to www.ifebp.org include benefits and human resources, health, labor, legal issues, legislation and government agencies.


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www.tudogs.com
The TuDogs site calls itself the ultimate directory of gratis software, and it just may be right. Not only does it link to a wide variety of software, but it also provides reviews and offers a free newsletter.

Going Public
www.ipocentral.com
Go here for information on IPOs, including the latest filingswith a 24-hour delay. Search for IPOs by industry, underwriter or location.

Insurance for the Pros
www.knowledgeservice.com
Specifically designed for CPAs, lawyers and trust officers, this site offers information on estate planning and insurance issues. Topics include split-dollar life insurance and liability issues.

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