How many have more benefits from their jobs this year?

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    Dec 04, 2010 8:54 PM GMT
    We have a stable staff of 6 (excluding owners) and have just added dental to our benefits. This is in addition to medical and retirement. I personally didn't need it but voted for it, since it was going to benefit other staff.

    Did we need to do it? No. Did somebody put a gun to our head and threaten us? No. Are we going to fire people to pay for them? No.

    A show of hands: how many people who have stable jobs are expecting MORE benefits from their job this coming year?
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    Dec 04, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    We have pretty good benefits at my job. On top of which, I received a raise this year and am being considered for a promotion that I'm likely to get.
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    Dec 04, 2010 9:09 PM GMT
    I'm self-employed.

    I slept with the boss more frequently this year...I guess that's a benefit.

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    Dec 04, 2010 9:40 PM GMT
    OtterJogI slept with the boss more frequently this year...I guess that's a benefit.


    I don't mean those benefits.

    Anybody actually have to pay less medical insurance from their jobs? (We pay all of our employees', and amazingly this year they didn't raise our premiums)
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    Dec 04, 2010 10:16 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 said
    OtterJogI slept with the boss more frequently this year...I guess that's a benefit.


    I don't mean those benefits.

    Anybody actually have to pay less medical insurance from their jobs? (We pay all of our employees', and amazingly this year they didn't raise our premiums)


    My health insurance company jacked up my rates almost 40% over the past year.

    I've never had a major claim; no hospitialization, nothing.

    They're just getting greedy while they can.
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    Dec 04, 2010 11:32 PM GMT
    No. We certainly didn't get any new bene's, and one of our positions is going to remain unfilled until at LEAST February. The budget cuts continue. UGH!
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    Dec 05, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidWe have a stable staff of 6 (excluding owners) and have just added dental to our benefits. This is in addition to medical and retirement. I personally didn't need it but voted for it, since it was going to benefit other staff.

    Did we need to do it? No. Did somebody put a gun to our head and threaten us? No. Are we going to fire people to pay for them? No.

    A show of hands: how many people who have stable jobs are expecting MORE benefits from their job this coming year?


    Company is now matching to 6% of 401K contributions.

    Oh and I can now work from home whenever I feel like
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    Dec 05, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    Nope, self-employed. Insurance premiums went up about 30% this year, for no obvious reason.

    BTW: When I "worked" for universities (i.e. my funding was laundered through them) I kept pretty close watch on the "benefits" costs, since they were deducted from the "payroll" line of my project budgets, and paid for by time I worked without pay.

    Anyway, I never found dental insurance to be a particularly good buy. The premiums were always more than the benefit, or at best, about equal. I don't bother with it now. I guess I was subsidizing other people's kid's braces.
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    Dec 05, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    mindgardenI guess I was subsidizing other people's kid's braces.


    Exactly. Plus I haven't had a cleaning for a while.
    Doesn't make it less useful for them.icon_razz.gif
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 05, 2010 1:26 AM GMT
    I now have awesome benefits and perks with a new company, but with less pay.
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    Dec 05, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    My pay stayed the same, as did my benefit premiums...but they did increase the overall deductibles of my insurance, but the firm now compensates me for anything over the old $1000 deductible.
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    Dec 05, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    4 more benefits(dental, 2 different insurances and others
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    Dec 05, 2010 1:49 AM GMT
    Prior to joining the federal workforce, my company cut their benefits, though the company matched 401K at 100 percent after 3 years.

    As a federal employee, the benefits appear similar with a possibly slight higher cost on premium, which I continue to keep, since I'm single and my partner, too works for the federal workforce.

    Cool thing about the federal government, if we marry, they cover both partners when we present our claims, but this is Washington, DC.

    From what I understand, pay increases continue and benefits coverage does too, regardless of a possible freeze. La vie.
  • baldone

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    Dec 05, 2010 2:29 AM GMT
    pay has dropped, benefits less, but cost more...working more hours to make up for shorter staff, but, still working ...till i win the lotto guess this will doicon_biggrin.gif
  • conservativej...

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    Dec 05, 2010 5:23 AM GMT
    Well, the original business began with what was called accident insurance (similar to today's disability insurance) in 1870. I'd have to ask a family member who is 80 whether he knows how many people were covered. My guess would be from what I know of the business at the time around 500.

    Health insurance was added in 1892. I know more about the numbers covered in 1892. There would have been around 19,000 located from North Carolina, across Georgia, and over into Alabama.

    Today, none of those operations exist in the U.S. Total employment however in the U.S. is still respectable but has exploded internationally.

    Benefits vary by both company and division. Individuals who work in more technically focused operations (like will be seen in the RJ Entrepreneurs Challenge), net 3 weeks of vacation on hire plus the usual 50% or so of base salary in benefits.

    Executives in our financial operations, primarily based outside the U.S., receive benefits comparable to those of most large financial institutions but pay in based on real-world performance. Special arrangements are made for those that perform above and beyond.

    R&D employees can receive more in via such things as increased vacation. This is similar to achieving tenure in a University. We give time and an expense account based on dollar, euro, or other currency generated in the revenue stream due to successes in R&D. In durable goods production, R&D takes 12% of the revenue stream.
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    Dec 05, 2010 5:33 AM GMT
    I'm sorry but to me that is outrages to expect your employer to provide things like dental, and medical care for their employees. I myself pay for my own health insurance, all medical care, and all dental care too, and I have no issues with that either.

    All I expect for my employer to do is pay me for the work I do, and cover me if I'm hurt preforming my duties or while at work; my employer is not my keeper.

    Now if one was to get a job in the US, could one make an agreement with their employer to forgo such perks?

    It seems to me all the democrats think about is benefits and more benefits, and whats in it for me, and not what can I do for America, but what can America do for me, and that selfish and out rages, on my scale of justice.

    The only reasion so many want marriage is for benefits, and where is the love in that?

    Any Wonder small business is up in arms, and the Tea party is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

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    Dec 05, 2010 7:03 AM GMT
    conservativejock saidWell, the original business began with what was called accident insurance (similar to today's disability insurance) in 1870. I'd have to ask a family member who is 80 whether he knows how many people were covered. My guess would be from what I know of the business at the time around 500.

    Health insurance was added in 1892. I know more about the numbers covered in 1892. There would have been around 19,000 located from North Carolina, across Georgia, and over into Alabama.

    Today, none of those operations exist in the U.S. Total employment however in the U.S. is still respectable but has exploded internationally.

    Benefits vary by both company and division. Individuals who work in more technically focused operations (like will be seen in the RJ Entrepreneurs Challenge), net 3 weeks of vacation on hire plus the usual 50% or so of base salary in benefits.

    Executives in our financial operations, primarily based outside the U.S., receive benefits comparable to those of most large financial institutions but pay in based on real-world performance. Special arrangements are made for those that perform above and beyond.

    R&D employees can receive more in via such things as increased vacation. This is similar to achieving tenure in a University. We give time and an expense account based on dollar, euro, or other currency generated in the revenue stream due to successes in R&D. In durable goods production, R&D takes 12% of the revenue stream.


    Wow. This all makes sense now. You didn't actually start your own business, you inherited it. LOL
  • conservativej...

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    Dec 05, 2010 9:14 PM GMT
    My comments to your post are in red in the quote below.

    True_blue_aussie saidI'm sorry but to me that is outrages to expect your employer to provide things like dental, and medical care for their employees. I myself pay for my own health insurance, all medical care, and all dental care too, and I have no issues with that either.

    In America this has been a practice for a long time due to what at times has been a tight labor market. We are yet to see what will happen with the amended, unfunded, or repealed version of Obamacare. Of course, dental is only available through the U.S. Medicaid program.

    One thing is for certain, there will be changes. An example of what new found ability conservatives have found was yesterday's U.S. Senate vote on the Bush tax cuts. Republicans did not either filibuster or use procedure to block the vote. The vote failed because Harry Reid could not muster enough votes from his own party to pass the U.S. House bill.


    All I expect for my employer to do is pay me for the work I do, and cover me if I'm hurt preforming my duties or while at work; my employer is not my keeper.

    Now if one was to get a job in the US, could one make an agreement with their employer to forgo such perks?

    Yes, it is possible to do this if you are performing contract work. Typically this is seen in the IT/Software world. Typically an employer will contract through a agency that pays out on a W2. Some agencies offer benefits of which the contractor pays a fee to receive. Others contract through their own company in a corp-to-corp fashion.

    The various companies which I operate are moving to a new model where the U.S. based company contracts for both labor and services to an offshore entity. This is, here too, pervasive in technology -- mostly software. Benefits and payroll are applied at the contractors country of residence. There may or may not be a benefit such as healthcare.

    As an example, if a company runs its U.S. operations AP system in Dubai, there would be no inclusion of healthcare as a benefit. Dubai's health system operates on a cash basis. Those actually working with scanned/machine read data might in fact be in yet another country.


    It seems to me all the democrats think about is benefits and more benefits, and whats in it for me, and not what can I do for America, but what can America do for me, and that selfish and out rages, on my scale of justice.

    It's that "collectivist" thought that pervades their thinking. At times I see it displayed on RJ as, "what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine."

    Listen to that diatribe here on RJ. There is a core group (most of whom I have blocked, who are exponents of this to the extreme.


    The only reasion so many want marriage is for benefits, and where is the love in that?

    Ah. This is also true with DADT, since in a volunteer military it is all about what the soldier can gain, even when patriotism was part of the decision making process to enter the military.

    Any Wonder small business is up in arms, and the Tea party is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

    Small business will take the biggest hit. They are and will be the most vocal.

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    Dec 05, 2010 9:19 PM GMT
    I sadly do not have any additional benefits this year. I work in the arts non-profit. Two years ago we froze raises, cut back on how much the company covered medical insurance, and are laid off for double the weeks as previous years.

    Nothing has gotten better yet. I think we're just happy to be breaking even. Although very frustrating for the individual artists at the bottom. icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 05, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    Self employed so no.
  • jgymnast733

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    Dec 05, 2010 9:37 PM GMT
    My job came with full employee benifits, plus 7 paid sick days and 4 paid personal days...I'm not expecting anything more this year except a Raise in July.....
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    Dec 05, 2010 9:49 PM GMT
    OK conservativejock

    "An example of what new found ability conservatives have found was yesterday's U.S. Senate vote on the Bush tax cuts. Republicans did not either filibuster or use procedure to block the vote."

    Doing nothing an ability, eh? Interesting. I suppose the ability could also be called listening to their voters that didn't want obstruction for obstruction's sake.

    aunty said, "

    'The only reasion so many want marriage is for benefits, and where is the love in that?'

    You lie poorly.


    back to conservativejock

    " Ah. This is also true with DADT, since in a volunteer military it is all about what the soldier can gain, even when patriotism was part of the decision making process to enter the military.

    You insult my Uncle who fought in the second world war, voluntarily, whose hoped for gain was that his family and countrymen would not be bombed like his friends were at Pearl Harbour.

    -Doug

    I find both of you behave in your posts like dung on the shoes of ethical Conservatives.

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    Dec 05, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    Lastly this, which I agree shouldn't happen.
    "Small business will take the biggest hit. They are and will be the most vocal."

    Big Corp. should take the hit as they won't even notice it.

    -Doug