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New Report Compares Employee Benefits
Labor Department survey designed to help workers, employers

For immediate release
June 19, 2007

WETHERSFIELD – Based on a survey of 3,500 companies, the Connecticut Department of Labor has issued a new report that details the types of benefits offered to employees in this state, including health and life insurance, retirement benefits, paid sick leave, disability insurance, undesignated leave, vacation allowances and holiday leave.

The report found that workers with the greatest access to benefits are full-time and employed by a company with more than 50 employees. These employees also work in the utilities, manufacturing, management of companies and enterprises, or educational services industries.

The findings also show that close to 79 percent of Connecticut’s full-time workers are offered some type of retirement plan; 69 percent are provided sick leave; and 72 percent are offered life insurance. 

These statistics and a multitude of others can be found in a report entitled Employee Benefits in Connecticut.  The survey, sent to more than 3,500 randomly-selected Connecticut companies from all major industry sectors and size ranges, is the first of its kind to be analyzed by the Labor Department. Employers were asked to detail the benefits they offer their employees in order to help both companies and individuals have a better knowledge of the types of plans being offered in today’s companies.

”Health coverage and fringe benefits are major factors when people are considering their employment options,” notes Michael Polzella, an Associate Research Analyst at the Labor Department and coordinator of the report. “In addition, this information is valuable to employers who want to remain competitive and offer benefits to attract and retain the best employees. This information can help Connecticut workers make more informed decisions about their careers, while employers can learn the extent and availability of employee benefits offered by similar companies,” he added.

To access a copy of this study online, visit the Labor Department’s Web site at or call (860) 263-6255 to obtain a copy.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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