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Q.  I work for a small company and the owner and I are trying to determine what fair benefits are—what type of health insurance I should have, the length of my vacation & sick leave, etc. Each of us wants to be fair with the other, but we don’t have any guidelines. Can you help?

A.  The short answer is “Yes”. Employee benefits are an important consideration for both the employer and employee; and disagreements over benefits can create problems in the workplace. The best practice is to have a clear understanding of benefits as early as possible. Please take a look at our Employee Benefits Report, which is a survey of 48 key employee benefit practices in 647 metropolitan and employment areas within the U.S. and Canada. This will give you and your employer a description of what other employers in your area are doing.