According to a new WorldatWork research report, 89 percent ofemployers still offer vehicle-related benefits to employees, withthe most popular vehicle benefit being fuel or mileagereimbursement at 72 percent, car allowance at 65 percent andproviding a company-owned automobile at 53 percent.

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Despite spiking fuel prices, the impact of rising prices on anemployer's vehicle-related benefits program is much less in 2011than in 2008 when the survey was first administered. In fact, only13 percent of companies are considering or implementing changes toscale back on the programs, compared to 2008 when 78 percent ofcompanies were doing so.

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The survey also finds that 89 percent of respondents offer a carallowance, company car or other vehicle benefit to at least someemployees. Most employees who are eligible for a car allowancecompany car are executives and sales personnel, which is similar tothe 2008 results, but 29 percent of companies also provide avehicle to any employee who needs one for business purposes.Seventy-six percent of employers also offer mileage or fuelreimbursement to any employee who is traveling for businessreasons.

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Of employers that canceled their vehicle benefit programs in thelast three years, cost was the major factor in both 2008 and 2011,and only a few companies experienced negative attitudes whenvehicle benefits were offered strictly to executives.

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Survey respondents are employed in their companies’ HR,compensation and benefits departments. Most respondents areemployed at large U.S. corporations, where 74 percent are fromprivate sector, and 27 percent are from the public sector ornonprofit organizations.

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