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Kaiser Permanente

Employees can earn cash incentives by participating in healthy lifestyles programs

Benefits/Financial: Employees working 20 or more hours per week are offered a 401(k) plan with employer match. Full-time employees working 40 or more hours per week are also offered a defined-benefit plan. Employees age 50 and over can make catch-up contributions to their 401(k) plan.

Staff from the financial services firm that administers the retirement plan as well as external financial planning experts provides financial information and training to employees.

Short-term and long-term leaves of absence without pay and paid time off are all options 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, nutrition classes and stress management training. In addition, the Live Well program provides cash incentives to employees who complete required medical screenings and who participate in any of the healthy lifestyle programs offered.

Kaiser offers on-site child care for children of employees and for grandchildren of employees with responsibility for grandchildren. They also offer a referral service to assist with child care, care for grandchildren and eldercare, and back-up care for child care, and grandchild care to employees working 20 or more hours per week.  

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: The following alternative work arrangements are offered to employees working 20 or more hours per week: flextime, 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: Kaiser has 15,000 retirees and an individual directly responsible for retiree relations. The hospital stays connected with its retirees by communicating regularly, inviting retirees to organization events and by formally acknowledging retirees when they retire. Retirees are offered the following work opportunities: temporary work assignments, consulting or contract work, telecommuting, as well as full- and part-time work.

Age of Workforce: Thirty-five percent of Kaiser's employees are age 50 and over. The average tenure of those employees is 13.6 years.

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