American companies across a spectrum of industries—travel, finance, services—are offering part-time workers the kinds of high-quality benefits once reserved for full-timers, all in an effort to attract and retain the best employees.
For Health Insurance
Top company: REI
This sporting goods retailer offers health insurance to part-timers who work at least 20 hours per week.
Bonus: REI pays 100 percent of the premiums for basic life, accidental death and dismemberment insurance. In addition, the company's Quit for Life program offers free counseling to help employees stop smoking. Better health means the company's workers enjoy more opportunities to take advantage of the free gear rental available to them.
All of this home-improvement giant's part-time employees can take part in a limited-benefit health plan, as well as get vision, dental, short-term disability and term life insurance, with no minimum hours required. What's especially awesome: You can enroll on your first day.
Other companies with health insurance: Costco (also offers life insurance), Home Depot (also offers life insurance and short-term disability), Kaplan, Lands' End (also offers life insurance) and Whole Foods.