Oregon Employer-Provided Benefits and the Impacts of Rising Costs

Source: WorkSource Oregon, February 2013

The 2012 Oregon Benefits Survey asked private employers from all industries, class sizes, and regions of the state about the benefits offered to their management employees, and full-time and part-time non-management employees, in June 2012. Employers’ responses provided several key findings about overall offerings:
• Three-quarters (75%) of employers offered one or more health, retirement, leave, pay, fringe, or other insurance benefit to employees.
• More than one-half (57%) of Oregon employers offered health benefits.
• Slightly less than one-half (43%) of firms offered retirement benefits to employees.
• Almost three-quarters (74%) of eligible employees enrolled for health care benefits, while 61 percent of eligible employees enrolled for retirement benefits…

…The Oregon Employment Department surveyed nearly 12,000 private employers in all industries, class sizes, and regions of the state between June and August 2012. Almost 4,300 employers responded to the survey. They provided detailed information about the health, retirement, insurance, pay, leave, and fringe benefits offered to part-time, full-time, and management employees in June 2012 (see Appendix 2 for full-time employment definition).

The findings from the 2012 Oregon Benefits Survey provide an extensive picture of many benefits offered by employers, along with the extent and impacts of changing benefit costs on businesses. This report also serves as an update to the Employment Department’s 2005 Oregon Benefits Survey, and fills an unmet need for data. Other publicly published benefit and employer cost statistics are available for the U.S., but not for each individual state….