Small U.S. employers are about as interested in health benefits as larger employers, but they are less interested in other types of benefits.
Researchers at the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, Los Angeles, a foundation funded mainly by an affiliate of AEGON N.V., The Hague, Netherlands, has reported that finding in a report based on a telephone survey of 601 U.S. employers conducted in late 2009 and early 2010.
The Transamerica Center research defined companies with 10 to 499 employees as small and companies with 500 or more employees as large.
All survey participants at large companies and 98% of the participants at small companies said health insurance is a very or somewhat important to offer.
The difference was much greater for disability insurance and life insurance.
At large companies, 97% said offering life insurance is important, and 95% of the survey participants said offering disability insurance is important.