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2011 Best Employers

ACUITY, a Mutual Insurance Company

Firm pays 85 percent of employee health insurance premiums

Benefits/Financial: Full- and part-time employees are offered a 401(k) plan with employer match. Employees age 50 and over can make catch-up contributions to their 401(k) plan, and may choose to invest in lifecycle funds that automatically re-allocate assets based on age or proximity to retirement. Every employee meets with a financial representative at no cost to identify an appropriate contribution amount for their 401(k) account, to choose investments and to work on asset allocation.

In addition, employees are offered financial education via staff members, from the staff of the financial services firm that administers their savings plan and from external financial planning experts.

Short- and long-term leaves of absence without pay are offered to allow for caregiving.

Full- and part-time employees are offered flu shots, health screenings, health risk appraisals, smoking cessation programs, health club discounts, physical activity and weight loss programs, stress management training, nutrition and health education classes, and on-site massage therapy. ACUITY's onsite fitness facility, the Firm, offers free fitness classes to all employees and is open around the clock.

ACUITY offers referral services to assist with child care, grandchild care and eldercare to its employees. In addition, employees age 50 and over are offered free AARP membership.

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: The following alternative work arrangements are offered to employees working at least 16 hours per week: flex time, compressed work schedules, job sharing and telecommuting. Full-time employees are eligible to move to part-time work on a permanent or temporary basis.  

Opportunities for Retirees: ACUITY has 150 retirees and an individual directly responsible for retiree relations. The company stays connected to its retirees by communicating with them on a regular basis, by inviting retirees to organization events, by providing ongoing access to retirement planning workshops and information and by formally acknowledging retirees when they retire. Retirees are offered the following work opportunities: temporary work assignments, consulting or contract work, telecommuting, full-time work and part-time work.

Age of Workforce: Thirty-two percent of ACUITY employees are age 50 and over. The average tenure of those employees is 15.3 years.

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