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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:37 PM

11 Companies offering benefits for part-time employees

article from February 2012 - Business Insider

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-02-20/news/31078757_1_ups-part-timers-health-insurance-ups-employees

Whole Foods
After part-timers have worked 400 hours, they get health, dental and vision plans, as well as 401(k) retirement plans, paid time off, and a 20% employee discount. After working 6,000 hours, employees are offered stock options.

Target
Work at Target as few as two and a half days a week for six months, and you can become eligible for Target’s health care coverage. Employees also get access to other health benefits like free flu vaccinations, a 24-hour nurse hotline and discounts for Weight Watchers.

UPS
All UPS employees get medical, dental and vision coverage, as well as life insurance. The company also offers many part-time workers tuition assistance. According to Susan Rosenberg, UPS’s spokeswoman, 45% of newly hired UPS part-timers in 2010 were college students who took advantage of the company’s generous tuition assistance benefits.

Trader Joe's
No wonder the employees always seem so happy and upbeat: After working 20 hours per week for three months, Trader Joe’s employees earn health insurance benefits—dental, vision and medical—to all part-time employees and their dependents. They also earn a 10% crew member discount (so no guilt about buying two containers of those delicious dark chocolate peanut butter cups).



Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-02-20/news/31078757_1_ups-part-timers-health-insurance-ups-employees#ixzz2CPrEhbkM

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Reply 11 Companies offering benefits for part-time employees (Original post)
flygal Nov 2012 OP
Debau2005 Nov 2012 #1
wryter2000 Nov 2012 #6
Debau2005 Nov 2012 #12
Hugabear Nov 2012 #2
dem4ward Nov 2012 #3
AndyTiedye Nov 2012 #4
canoeist52 Nov 2012 #5
ReallyIAmAnOptimist Nov 2012 #10
canoeist52 Nov 2012 #11
liberal_at_heart Nov 2012 #7
wryter2000 Nov 2012 #8
donco Nov 2012 #9

Response to flygal (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:44 PM

1. Reading that makes me think

I need to get a Nook instead of a Kindle, to support Barnes and Noble!

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Response to Debau2005 (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 03:21 PM

6. Definitely get a Nook

I love mine.

Get your books from a book store, not a megalomaniac who wants to take over the planet.

Edited to add: Last time I looked, B&N was a blue company with regard to its political contributions.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:58 PM

12. Thanks!

I bought my BN Nook tonight!

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Response to flygal (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:51 PM

2. Some of those are pretty nice. Would love to see more companies adopt this attitude.

Lands' End
This clothing company gives its part-time workers dental, vision and life insurance benefit options, as well as discounts on merchandise from Lands' End and its parent company, Sears. It also offers employees special deals at area attractions, like theme parks, and provides workers with access to the on-site fitness facility and backup child care center at its home base in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

Staples
After 90 days of work, part-timers have access to most of Staples’ employee benefits, which include medical, dental, life, vision and disability insurance to workers and their families. Staples also gives workers generous discounts on wireless products and services, online retailers and, strangely enough, theater tickets. Getting discounted theater tix from an office supply store seems a bit odd, but hey—we’ll take it.

Costco
Costco workers who average 20 hours a week for 180 days become eligible for the company's health care, which includes dental and medical coverage. You may also be able to get discounted co-payments on generic medications that can be low as $5, and co-pays capped at 15% for brand-name drugs. Part-timers may also be able to take advantage of Costco’s in-house optical centers for vision care.




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Response to flygal (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 03:07 PM

4. Bookmarking

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Response to flygal (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 03:18 PM

5. Just offering "insurance" doesn't mean it's a good deal for employees.

"Limited benefit" plans have huge deductibles and low yearly caps so employes would find the they couldn't afford to use it and that they're not really covered, when they need it most.

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Response to canoeist52 (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:35 AM

10. I stopped shopping at Whole Foods when the CEO came out against health care reform...

Whole Foods falls into the problem you rightly bring up.

High-deductible plans for low-wage workers are the next best thing to
being uninsured: the upfront costs are so high that workers have to
weigh getting health care against paying the rent, to the detriment of
their health. Mackey, however, says in a laudatory John Stossel
interview about Whole Foods' insurance that the high deductible means
employees "have to think twice about going to the emergency room for a
hangnail in the middle of the night."
http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/node/4187

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Response to ReallyIAmAnOptimist (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:44 PM

11. That article tells the true story of limited benefits insurance. Thanks for posting;

My daughter works at a chain that provides this kind of "insurance". She cant qualify for State "public option" coverage because her employer offers this lousy plan. Thanks to Obamacare, she has two more years to stay on our insurance. Hoping insurance situation improves by then.

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Response to flygal (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 03:23 PM

7. I thought Target offered benefits to part time employees

Here in WA Costco is consistently at the top of the list as far as best employers. They have a low turn over rate. People who are lucky enough to work there stay there, so if you want to put in an application you have to wait a long time.

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Response to flygal (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 03:24 PM

8. Staples?

Mittens must not be in charge any longer.

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Response to flygal (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 03:36 PM

9. Costco as well nt

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