A new report from the Washington Employment Security Department shows firms in Washington state are offering employees fewer benefits than in the past. A few notable statistics:
- Full-time workers were much more likely to be offered benefits than part-time employees;
- Medical coverage for both part-time and full-time employees was down 10% from 2007;
- Dental coverage was down from 47% in 2006 to 37% in 2008;
- Sick leave offered dropped from 44% to 38%;
You can read the full report here.
The benefits of medical and dental coverage should not be treated as luxuries — they are essential to healthy families and healthy workplaces. And offering sick leave is a proven method to boost employee morale and increase productivity.
Now more than ever, Washington workers need benefits that will ensure their health and happiness throughout times of economic crisis.
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