Most employers say they are keeping benefits packages reasonably stable.

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, Columbia, S.C., a unit of Unum Group Corp., Chattanooga, Tenn., found that out earlier this month when it surveyed about 750 human resource managers and benefits administrators in New Orleans, at the annual conference of the Society for Human Resource Management, Alexandria, Va.

Only 12% of the survey participants said they worked for employers that had eliminated benefits, and 10% said their employers had added benefits.

About 26% said their employers were expecting employees to pay more for benefits, but 9% said their employers had increased employer contributions.

About 60% of the participants said their employers would consider adding employee-paid benefits.