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Benefits

Compensation is more than just your salary, and a good benefits package can make all the difference when considering a job offer. Our articles cover everything from paid time off to companies that offer perks such as napping. Not to mention health insurance, which is of the utmost importance to you and your family. That's why we have everything you need to know about benefits right here.

Benefits Advice

  • Self-employment

    The dream of working independently is a reality for almost 10 million people in the United States, or roughly 10 percent of the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rewards of self-employment include independence from … Read more...

  • Is it OK to fire someone because of an illness?

    Three weeks before my scheduled date of resignation, I got sick. After spending a Friday in the hospital and the rest of the weekend at home, I told my supervisor I expected to be in by the following Friday at the latest. She then told me I … Read more...

  • What should my incentives be for international travel?

    I am a software consultant at a relatively small firm (under 50 employees). Recently, the company entered into contracts with several clients overseas and international travel will be required for me for three weeks each month. Management … Read more...

  • Executive Compensation: Executive Negotiation Checklist

    Whether you're already an executive or just an aspiring big cheese, it's never too early to begin studying the sophisticated art of negotiating executive compensation. Only executives are eligible for many types of perks and benefits - if … Read more...

  • Insurance

    The purpose of insurance is to protect people against financial disaster when they are unable to earn a living because of sickness or injury, or to give their dependents some type of income after they die. Whether to purchase insurance is … Read more...

  • Domestic Partner Benefits

    In 1982, the Village Voice started the trend of offering domestic-partner benefits, or benefits an employer voluntarily decides to offer to an employee's unmarried partner of the same or opposite sex, to its employees. The cities of … Read more...

  • Negotiating Benefits

    Did you know that you may be able to negotiate some of your benefits? Even though companies put fixed policies on most benefits, some benefits are negotiable - and sometimes, all you have to do is ask. Read more...

  • Why didn't I get a pay-to-stay bonus?

    Our company has filed under Chapter 11 with no financial backing. The company is being sold. Our accounts payable supervisor got another offer and put in her notice, but the company countered with a pay-to-stay package. She gets six months … Read more...

  • What is an appropriate amount to expect for a holiday bonus?

    What is an appropriate amount to expect for a holiday bonus? Read more...

  • How do I trade off long-term incentives for short-term ones?

    I work for a company that pays me $72,000 a year with no bonus. However, they match 50 cents to the dollar on my 401(k) plan. The company I'm interviewing with has no matching contributions, but they have averaged bonuses of 11 percent over … Read more...