Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


RI Department of Labor and Training Announces the Release of the Results of the
2005 Rhode Island Employee Benefits Survey

Contact: Kathleen Greenwell (401) 462-8761
Principal Research Analyst

Donna Murray (401) 462-8751
Chief of LMI Programs

September 15, 2005

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Labor Market Information unit recently conducted a survey of businesses operating in Rhode Island to determine the type and frequency of benefits offered to workers in the Ocean State. According to the survey, the most commonly offered benefits are Heath Insurance and Vacation/Consolidated Paid leave, followed by Retirement Plans and Dental Benefits.

"The previous lack of information relating to employee benefits has left both employers and workers questioning where they stand in comparison to their colleagues," said Adelita S. Orefice, Director of the Department of Labor and Training. "The information from the 2005 Rhode Island Employee Benefits Survey provides both our employer community and our hard working Rhode Islanders some interesting insight into the types of benefits employers offer to their full- and part-time workers."

Survey results indicate that nearly 80 percent of the state's employers offer Heath Insurance and Vacation/Consolidated Paid leave to their full-time employees, while approximately half of the employers offer Retirement Plans and Dental Benefits to their full-time workers. Other benefits offered to full-time workers include Life Insurance (25%), Education Reimbursement (21%), Vision Benefits (17%) and Child Care Benefits (5%). While some employers offer the same benefits to their part-time workers, the reality is that those working less than full-time are much less likely to enjoy fringe benefits.

For a copy of the summary of the results from the 2005 Rhode Island Employee Benefits Survey, please visit the Labor Market Information website at www.dlt.ri.gov/lmi/ebs.htm or call the LMI unit at 462-8740.

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