More employers are offering benefits that encourage employees to improve their health in 2012, according to a new survey s
Published by the Society for Human Resource Management at its 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition in Atlanta the survey of 550 randomly selected HR professionals examines 297 benefits. The annual benefits survey asks HR respondents about their organizations' employee benefits in 12 sections: business travel, employee programs and services, family-friendly, financial and compensation, flexible working, healthcare and welfare, housing and relocation, leave, preventive health and wellness, professional and career development, retirement savings and planning, and other.
● Domestic partner benefits: A third of employers (35%) offer health care coverage to same-sex domestic partners, and 32% offer it to opposite-sex domestic partners. Fifteen percent provide domestic partner benefits, not including health care coverage, for opposite-sex partners, and the same% offer the benefit to same-sex partners.
● Health care premium discounts for healthier behavior are on the rise: Health care premiums discounts for getting annual health risk assessments rose to 21% in 2012 from 11% in 2008, while discounts for not using tobacco products increased to 20% this year from 8% in 2008.