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Midwest Business Group on Health Employer Survey Finds Growing Focus on Autism & Family Leave Benefits

By MBGH Information posted 10-09-2018 13:30


Midwest Business Group on Health Employer Survey Finds Growing Focus on Autism & Family Leave Benefits


CHICAGO – Oct. 9, 2018 – While only 20% of employers offer a paid family leave benefit, 55% are considering adding it next year per findings from a new member survey from the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH).


“It’s encouraging to see that more employers are providing workers with benefits focused on family leave, autism and partners, said Cheryl Larson, MBGH president and CEO. “Many employers recognize the value these benefits offer for worker recruitment and retention, especially in a tight labor market.”


Additional survey findings include:

  • To encourage baby bonding, 48% of employers offer paid parental leave
  • Of the 36% who do not offer a paid parental leave for baby bonding, it is being considered for next year
  • Of those that do offer it, 4% offer less than one week for the leave
  • For eligibility, 50% responded that any parent is eligible for the paid parental leave for baby bonding (of which 64% must be full time; 29% said part-time employees are eligible)
  • When it comes to timing of leave, 18% of employers let the employee choose if they’d like to take the leave benefit consecutively or intermittently; 68% offer the baby bonding benefit in consecutive days and 40% offer less than six weeks for paid family leave
  • Half (50%) of employers require employers to be Family and Medical Leave Act eligible for the paid family leave
  • For same sex partnerships, 52% of employers offer benefits to same sex partners and 43% offer benefits to opposite sex partners
  • For autism:
    • 69% offer these benefits, 45% have no limits to age, dollar and/or visits and 88% offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy
    • Of those that offer ABA therapy, 60% do not have limitations to the benefits (40% of those that have limits combine ABA with other therapy types)


The full online survey results can found here.


About the Midwest Business Group on Health

MBGH is one of the nation’s leading non-profit employer coalitions of 125 mid, large and jumbo self-funded public and private employers, representing over 4 million lives and annually spending over $4.5 billion on health care. Members consist of leading health benefit professionals, with activities focused on education, research, benchmarking and community-based initiatives that increase the value of health benefits and health care services. MBGH is a founding member of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


 Cary Conway