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The last couple of years have been extraordinary for America’s workforce. The silver lining is businesses have become increasingly empathetic, and are putting the voluntary benefits and programs in place to really support employees both inside and outside the workplace.

To help employees with financial stress, some companies have begun offering employee hardship funds, providing grants that are interest-free or that don’t need to be paid back. According to data from EBRI, more than a quarter of employers currently offer emergency fund/employee hardship assistance and nearly 30 percent percent plan to offer it.

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