Benefits

  • Chicago College Official Gets $500,000 Windfall For Unused Sick Days

    Chicago College Official Gets $500,000 Windfall For Unused Sick Days

    The Great Recession and subsequent fragile recovery have shifted many Americans' view of taking time off from work. Fearing that they won't have jobs upon their return, plenty of workers leave paid vacation and sick days on the table -- and lose them because their employers require those days to be taken... Continue Reading

  • Workers Spend The First Day Of Their Vacations Stressed Out

    Workers Spend The First Day Of Their Vacations Stressed Out

    It takes almost a day for U.K. vacationers to start enjoying their vacations, according to a survey of 2,000 adults. One third of these travelers start worrying about the stress of getting home within three days of arriving, and immediately after returning home, nearly half of them said that they felt so... Continue Reading

  • Survey: Benefit Packages Influence Employment Decisions [Infographic]

    Survey: Benefit Packages Influence Employment Decisions [Infographic]

    As wages for workers have stagnated in recent years, many employees have become increasingly appreciative of the benefits their employers provide. A recent survey by consulting-firm Mercer shows benefits now play a more important role in a worker's decision to join an organization and stay with it. However,... Continue Reading

  • Survey: Only A Third Of Employers Offer King Holiday As A Paid Day Off

    Survey: Only A Third Of Employers Offer King Holiday As A Paid Day Off

    Since its inception in 1986, the holiday commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. has steadily gained acceptance among employers, who increasingly have added the holiday to the list of paid days off. Still, though the ranks of businesses that honor the King holiday have grown, a greater number of... Continue Reading

  • 7 Things (Maybe) To Be Thankful For At Work

    7 Things (Maybe) To Be Thankful For At Work

    Thanksgiving is over, and Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanza are just days away now. That means that New Years, along with the resolutions it brings, is just around the corner. It's a good time to begin taking stock. If you're fortunate enough to have a job, it's a terrific time to take note of the things for which... Continue Reading

  • Most Employees Unprepared For Retirement [Infographic]

    Most Employees Unprepared For Retirement [Infographic]

    While workers prize their employer-sponsored retirement plans, few feel that they're prepared to retire. Changes to traditional pensions, known as defined-benefit plans, is one reason U.S. workers worry about they're ability to retire, according the latest "What's Working Survey" from the consulting firm,... Continue Reading

  • 8 Companies Offering Benefits To Part-Timers

    8 Companies Offering Benefits To Part-Timers

    By Debra Auerbach Part-time employment, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as working one to 34 hours per week, is the new reality for many Americans. The number of involuntary part-time workers, or those who are working part time for economic reasons, rose to 9.3 million in September 2011, up... Continue Reading

  • Job Perks That Are Worth A Pay Cut

    Job Perks That Are Worth A Pay Cut

    This article originally appeared on OnlineDegrees.com By Jessica Hanley Some jobs are famous for their perks: CEOs get to use the corporate jet, Google employees can see a chiropractor on site, and snowboard company Burton gives employees a free season pass to a nearby resort. But you don't need to be the... Continue Reading

  • Americans Leave Average Of 11 Unused Vacation Days On The Table

    Americans Leave Average Of 11 Unused Vacation Days On The Table

    When it comes to taking a vacation, we Americans are a sorry bunch. Not only do we leave much of our allotted time off on the table, a new study finds, but a significant number of us feel guilty about requesting to use the time afforded by employers. According to a recent Harris Interactive survey, 57... Continue Reading

  • 401(k) Matches Restored By 75 Percent Of Companies

    401(k) Matches Restored By 75 Percent Of Companies

    By David Pitt DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Most of the companies that either suspended or reduced their 401(k) matches during the economic downturn have reinstated them, business consultant Towers Watson said in a study released Wednesday. An analysis of 260 mid- to large-sized companies shows that 75 percent... Continue Reading

  • 7 Companies With The Best Food Perks [Infographic]

    7 Companies With The Best Food Perks [Infographic]

    Who among us doesn't enjoy a good meal -- and it's even better if it's free or at least doesn't cost a lot. Workers on Wall Street have long enjoyed free food as a perk that goes with the job. The rationale behind the benefit is really rather simple: Instead of being out on the streets of Manhattan, fishing... Continue Reading

  • Breaking the Mold: New Work Environments for New Workforces

    Breaking the Mold: New Work Environments for New Workforces

    By Bryan Clark In days where it's becoming harder and harder to find a qualified employee, some workplaces learned that the best way to avoid acquiring qualified applicants is to retain the ones they already have. With the average time spent at the same job falling to just under 4 years in the United... Continue Reading

  • Awesome Workplaces In Silicon Valley: Amenities In The Office [Infographic]

    Awesome Workplaces In Silicon Valley: Amenities In The Office [Infographic]

    It's no secret that Silicon Valley has a problem finding the talent it needs to fill all the high-tech jobs available in the region. The area expects jobs in information and communications technologies to grow 15 percent during the next two years, Menlo Park Patch reports. The trick for many employers is how... Continue Reading

  • Companies Focus On Worker Health To Curb Costs

    Companies Focus On Worker Health To Curb Costs

    By Tom Murphy INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- More employers are giving workers the option to tame health insurance costs for next year if they provide a blood sample and reveal details about their health habits. As they present employees with benefits options for 2012, some companies also are offering lower rates... Continue Reading

  • 3 Salary Negotiating Strategies To Get That Pay Raise

    3 Salary Negotiating Strategies To Get That Pay Raise

    By Debra Wheatman How much do you want to earn? Would you like to make $700K per year with one month of paid vacation and full medical, dental, and vision benefits? I know a lot of people who would! Even though the economy is not a robust as it once was, there are many professionals who bring tremendous... Continue Reading

  • Wal-Mart Trims Health Care Coverage For Some

    Wal-Mart Trims Health Care Coverage For Some

    By Anne D'Innocenzio NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest private employer, is scaling back the eligibility of health care coverage offered to future part-timers and dramatically raising premiums for many of its full-time workers. Industry observers say the changes could have... Continue Reading

  • Give Thanks To The Labor Movement

    Give Thanks To The Labor Movement

    In honor of Jobs Week on AOL Jobs, I want to speak up in praise of an entity that has taken a beating this year – the labor union. Anti-union sentiment has spread from state to state, and union busting has become popular under the banner of money savings. Before your billionaire CEO convinces you that... Continue Reading

  • Verizon Strike Boosts Unemployment Aid Requests

    Verizon Strike Boosts Unemployment Aid Requests

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- Thousands of Verizon workers on strike pushed the number of people seeking unemployment benefits last week to its highest level in a month. But excluding the work stoppage, layoffs likely fell. That should help ease fears that the economy is on the verge of a... Continue Reading

  • Government Asks Employees To Pay Back $3 Million In Benefits

    Government Asks Employees To Pay Back $3 Million In Benefits

    Benefits blunders cost taxpayers millions every year. New York, for example, paid out an extra $140 million in Medicaid benefits thanks to a computer glitch. But now there's been a mistake so egregious that some of those who were overpaid will have to pay it back on an installment plan. Continue Reading

  • Don't Wimp Out in the Face of Salary Negotiations

    Don't Wimp Out in the Face of Salary Negotiations

    We know that, especially in today's economy, many job seekers are just grateful to receive a job offer. Make no mistake, having a job offer is a reason to celebrate, especially after all the hard work that goes into a job search. But you shouldn't consider yourself lucky just to have an offer and feel you need... Continue Reading

  • For New Grads, It's All About the Health Insurance

    For New Grads, It's All About the Health Insurance

    If you've been paying any attention to the latest data on what motivates the youngest crop of job seekers, you've probably heard that they're all about job satisfaction over everything else -- that happiness even outranks salary. That seems to have changed a bit over the last few months, according to a recent... Continue Reading

  • Promotions Without Raises? What's Up With That?

    Promotions Without Raises? What's Up With That?

    When you dream about getting a promotion, you have visions of a better office, more responsibility, bigger perks, a more prestigious title, and -- best of all -- a substantial raise, right? Unfortunately, times have changed, and an increasing number of employers are ducking out on the latter -- giving... Continue Reading

  • Should Employers Be Required to Provide Paid Sick Leave?

    Should Employers Be Required to Provide Paid Sick Leave?

    Connecticut's passage of the nation's first statewide paid sick leave law has workers and business owners eyeing the trend to see its potential for adoption nationwide. In part, that's because Connecticut was the first state to pass a Family Medical Leave Act, which required employers to grant employees... Continue Reading

  • Company Vision Plan Saves Employee's Life

    Company Vision Plan Saves Employee's Life

    For the past decade or so, employers and employees alike have been stunned by the alarming rise in the cost of health care, which is sometimes blamed on over-treatment -- too many unwarranted tests and expensive therapies. But the opposite it true, too. Some workers never or rarely see a doctor, which means... Continue Reading

  • Companies Offer More Non-Monetary Perks at Work

    Companies Offer More Non-Monetary Perks at Work

    You might not be able to spend them, but they sure come in handy. That's what employers are counting on as they sweeten the pot with non-monetary benefits to keep their top performers and attract new ones. "On the heels of the recession, perks are a cost-effective way employers can reward and retain staff... Continue Reading

  • Beyond the Paycheck: Jobs With Great Perks

    Beyond the Paycheck: Jobs With Great Perks

    One of the most memorable lines from the movie "The Devil Wears Prada" is, "A million girls would kill for this job" -- the job in question of course being aspiring journalist Andy Sachs' role as an assistant to the editor-in-chief of Runway magazine (a character supposedly inspired by Vogue matriarch Anna... Continue Reading

  • Independent Contractors Beware: Your Employer May Be Taking Advantage of You

    Independent Contractors Beware: Your Employer May Be Taking Advantage of You

    With jobs scarce and money tight these days, the prospect of working as an "Independent contractor," and getting a full paycheck with no big bites taken out for taxes and other obligatory expenses might seem like the perfect setup, and it could well be. But it could also mean that your boss is taking advantage... Continue Reading

  • Bye-Bye Benefits

    Bye-Bye Benefits

    It's true that generous employer perks are among the many casualties of the unemployment crisis. But on the bright side, most of us won't miss the cushier ones. After all, how many out there got to take advantage of expense-account first-class travel or company-aided adoptions? Continue Reading

  • 5 Big Myths of Salary Negotiation

    5 Big Myths of Salary Negotiation

    How do you make sense of all the salary negotiation tips out there? Sometimes they don't quite add up. "Be tough." "Be flexible." "Tell 'em what you want." "Don't be too obvious." Who's right? Stacey Carroll, HR expert and director of education at online salary database PayScale.com took some time to bust some... Continue Reading

  • Your Boss is Paying You an Extra $8 per Hour

    Your Boss is Paying You an Extra $8 per Hour

    Maybe it's time to stop complaining and give your boss a break. Did you know that if you have a job that includes benefits, on average your employer is paying you an extra $8 per hour -- that's in addition to your salary. According to the latest numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, that's... Continue Reading