Discuss whether or not you believe that discretionary employee benefits should be an entitlement or earned based on performance

  • Discuss whether or not you believe that discretionary employee benefits should be an entitlement or earned based on performance. Justify your response.
  • Select two (2) legally required benefits and explain why it is necessary for the law to require these benefits for employees. Next, debate whether or not you believe these laws are fair for both employers and employees.

Respond:

I wholeheartedly believe discretionary benefits should be an entitlement. Working for a company that has very good discretionary benefits is one of the reasons people apply for employment. The benefits, beyond medical and dental should be considered when applying as well. Good benefits also keep good hard working employees too.

Unemployment Insurance and the Family and Medical Leave act are two legally required benefits for employees are fair for both employers and employees. Maryland happens to be an at will state, so a person can be let go, at any given time at a company’s discretion. People need unemployment insurance to be able to at least partly maintain their financial responsibilities until they are able to find permanent employment. Transportation alone, can become costly while looking for employment. FMLA is also important for an employee, they may get sick, or a family member may get sick and it would be unfair for someone to not have any job protection while they are taking care of their family obligations. Companies get tax breaks for paying into these benefits for their employees.