"Choosing between a traditional or PTO leave system is always an important challenge for employers, but this choice has taken on added significance due to COVID-19," says
The survey also covered a variety of health insurance plans and found that preferred provider organization (PPO) plans are the most popular option, with 69% of employers providing this type of plan, followed by high deductible health plans (HDHPs) (46%).
The survey report examines the retirement landscape as well, another issue highlighted by the Coronavirus pandemic, as Americans' savings are battered by fluctuating markets. Among the several retirement plans covered by the survey, traditional 401(k) plans are the most popular, offered by 66% of responding organizations, followed by Roth 401(k)s (38%), and traditional pensions (11%).
"Clearly, modern retirement options focus on savings and investment outcomes, as pensions are a shadow of their former selves," says Hellwege, "but with two major economic downturns in roughly a 10-year period, employers may want to consider bolstering the financial security of their retirement plans – perhaps by offering increased employer contributions – to help shield workers' retirement savings from market volatility."
In addition, the survey report covers over a dozen miscellaneous benefits aside from the main pillars of leave, health care, and retirement. Among these other benefits, employee assistance programs (EAPs) are the most popular, as they are offered by 65% of organizations.
Notably, while 41% of organizations provide some form of tuition reimbursement or assistance, only 3% provide student loan repayment. "While student loan repayment has been a hot topic in the benefits world for the past few years," says Hellwege, "employers are clearly not yet sold on the idea, and continue to prefer to provide assistance for education sought during employment, rather than for debt incurred before the new hire walked through the door."
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