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SC Johnson & Son, Inc.

Winner: 2009 Best Employers for Workers Over 50

Winning years: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Industry: Industrial
Location: Racine, Wis.

Highlights of 2009 Winning Strategies

This year marks S.C. Johnson & Son's fourth on AARP's annual list of Best Employers for Workers Over 50. S.C. Johnson offers workers and retirees the same benefits and programs, which include a defined pension benefit plan and the S.C. Johnson JMBA Recreation and Fitness Center. This center offers health, wellness, and fitness programs and activities specifically or exclusively to retirees. The company actively maintains contact with retirees by communicating about events, celebrations, workshops, and temporary assignments. S.C. Johnson also formally recognizes retirees and employees for their contributions to the community.

Workplace Culture and Continued Opportunities: To its full- and part-time employees who work 20 hours per week or more, S.C. Johnson offers the following learning and development programs: tuition reimbursement, in-house classroom training, online training, and certification classes. In the past 12 months, all S.C. Johnson employees took part in at least one of the company's learning opportunities, with an average of 40 hours per employee spent in training.

The Johnson Learning Institute provides professional development and job-training courses to employees, and its LINK program partnership allows employees to take classes on their own time for professional development, skill development, or degree credit.

The company recognizes employees through annual outings, cash awards, thank-yous, and public recognition from senior management. Employees and retirees who have made significant contributions to their communities are eligible to receive the H.F. Johnson Community Service award.

The company commemorates long-service anniversaries with announcements, parties, and awards. Employees with 20+ years of service become part of the 20 Year Club, which has more than 2,500 members. S.C. Johnson offers employees the opportunity to take temporary assignments in other departments, to work on team projects, and to participate in a formal job-rotation program. S.C. Johnson has made accommodations to help physically disabled employees—including business travel arrangements, suitable equipment or devices, and leave—so they feel comfortable and able to do their jobs.

Benefits/Health: Full- and part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week are eligible to receive individual and family medical, prescription-drug, vision, dental, long-term-care, and short- and long-term-disability coverage.

Retirees under and above age 65 receive similar benefits: individual and family medical, prescription-drug, vision, dental, long-term-care, and life insurance. To help cover out-of-pocket health expenses, S.C. Johnson offers employees the opportunity to set up their own health savings accounts and health flexible spending accounts. Other retiree health benefits with no out-of-pocket cost to the retiree include: Johnson Mutual Benefits Association and Wellness Center, health-risk assessments and coaching, retiree-paid long-term-care group rates, a disease-management program, a patient advocacy line, a 24-hour Mayo nurse health line, and the Mayo health Web site.

Benefits/Financial: SC Johnson offers a 401(k) plan with employer match, money-purchase defined contribution plan cash balance or other hybrid, and stock options to all full- and part-time employees who work 20 hours or more per week. All new hires are automatically enrolled into the contribution plan, and employees ages 50+ are able to make “catch-up” contributions. The company also offers 401(k) participants, working and retired, investment advice through an external provider not affiliated with the plan. Web-based financial education and planning are also available through the company for all employees as well as a toll-free number and individual consultants through the Johnson Bank satellite banks.

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