Growing Company Sales Linked to Richer Benefits Packages
An Aflac survey finds that employers with growing sales were more likely to report offering every benefit it asked about than employers with shrinking sales were.

Benefits 29 Percent of Compensation Costs

According to BLS, among private employers $8.20 of total hourly compensation costs of $27.88 is spent on employee benefits.

Getting Benefit Costs Under Control Now Tops Employee Retention
A MetLife study shows that controlling costs has surpassed retaining employees as organizations’ most important benefits objective.

Per-Person and Jobs Cost of Current Healthcare Reform Legislation 
A collection of research finds that nationally, significant per-person costs and overall job losses could come as a result of the current healthcare reform legislation.

Medical Benefits Still Largest Share of Employer Costs 
A U.S. Chamber of Commerce study finds that medical benefits accounted for the largest share of employer benefit costs at over 12 percent in 2007.

More Raises to be Tied to Performance 
A Towers Perrin report finds a noticeable shift from fixed pay toward tying pay raises to employee performance.

Communication, Information Tools Critical to Success of Consumer-Directed Health Plans 
According to a joint study, most employers that offer a consumer-directed health plan say communicating with workers about these plans is their greatest challenge.

Social Security an Increasing Income Source for Aging Population 
A study finds that that the share of the older population’s 2005 income that came from Social Security rises 25 percent for those ages 65–69 to those ages 85 and up.

U.S. Lags World in Winning Workplaces 
The U.S. lags far behind virtually all wealthy countries with regard to family-oriented workplace policies, a study by Harvard and McGill University researchers says.

Companies’ Commitment to Employee Benefits Expected to Remain Strong 
Despite increasing economic pressures, U.S. businesses overwhelmingly view employee benefit programs as important to competing effectively in today’s market place.

Cutting Employee Incentives Hurts Productivity, Morale and the Bottom Line 
According to a study in an upcoming issue of Personnel Psychology, companies that add or remove HR activities like incentive pay and flextime see respective increases or decreases in productivity, morale and profitability.

Rite of Passage? Why Young Adults Become Uninsured and How New Policies Can Help 
According to a report by The Commonwealth Fund, young adults are the largest and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population lacking health insurance.

Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact 
An ongoing study in connection with the U. S. Department of Labor finds that most workplace accommodations can be implemented at little or no cost.

UBA/Ingenix Employer Opinion Survey on Healthcare
According to this study by United Benefit Advisors and Ingenix, a health research and information company, 99 percent of employers cite health care costs and the burden they place on both companies and employees as a critical concern.

The Met Life Study of Employee Benefits Trends
According to this Met Life study, few employees possess the necessary savvy to make wise decisions about their benefits.

Containing Rising Healthcare Costs: Ten Innovative Strategies for Employers to Consider
According to this Hay Group report, employer health care spending has risen at a faster than expected rate over the last four years.

2003 Consumer-Driven Healthcare Survey
Consumer-driven health care plans have become increasingly popular because they give employees a better sense of how much their health benefits are worth, while helping companies better control health care expenditures.

Employment-Based Retirement and Pension Plan Participation: Geographic Differences and Trends
According to this study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 55.3 percent of all workers worked for an employer or union that sponsored some form of pension or retirement plan and 43 percent of all workers participated in these programs.

Creating a Sustainable Health Care Program: Eighth Annual Washington Business Group on Health/Watson Wyatt Survey Report
According to this eighth annual report by the Washington Business Group on Health and Watson Wyatt, the heavy inflation of employer health care costs continued unabated in 2002.

Employer Attitudes and Practices Affecting Health Benefits and the Uninsured
According to this study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, what employers think and do about providing health benefits to their workers has a profound effect on the overall number of people with and without coverage.

Small Employers and Health Benefits: Findings from the 2002 Small Employer Health Benefits Survey
This study from the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) reports that 19 percent of small businesses offering health coverage made changes to their plans between 2001 and 2002.

Flexible Approach to Benefits Around the World
According to this extensive study by Hewitt Associates, flexible benefits plans are seeing wider implementation all over the world.

Health Care Costs 2002 – Watson Wyatt Worldwide Survey Results
Gathering the results on healthcare costs from 200 surveyed businesses, this Watson Wyatt report reveals a steady increase in health plan expenses for employers.