It’s that time of year — preparing for your 2014 employee benefits. This year employers can’t underestimate the value of planning early, setting a strategy and preparing an implementation plan.

Health reform should be part of the overall strategic planning, but as important, employers should be evaluating their current partnerships with insurance carriers to ensure they are receiving a competitive and comprehensive package that meets all expectations.

A thorough review is important to evaluate whether an employer is meeting the “total reward” needs of their employee workforce.