The death of the traditional benefit plan is greatly exaggerated. With apologies to Mark Twain, employer-sponsored benefits — especially health care — are alive and well.

It makes about as much sense as another Ralph Nader presidential run, but at a time when the Fed is slashing interest rates almost monthly, the president is handing out rebate checks and the talking heads flirt with the R-word nightly, employers still struggle to find qualified job candidates.

In fact, according to the latest survey from, almost 20 percent of employers will beef up benefits packages in 2008. And 56 percent plan to bump up initial salary offers to new hires.

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