What’s expected of employers is dramatically expanding, from addressing well-being reactively through mental health benefits to a deeper, more proactive approach to whole-person well-being. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Employer benefits have a long and evolving history in the United States, with broader societal changes continually driving new advances in how companies take care of their workforce.

In the 1920s, the federal government incentivized corporate retirement plans by making employer contributions tax-deductible, and in the following decades this benefit became a top negotiation item for increasingly powerful labor unions.



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