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 a Range of Perks
Top company: Starbucks
Once you work at least 160 hours in a consecutive two-month period, and at least 20 hours a week, you—and your spouse and dependents—get access to health insurance, life insurance and disability coverage. Other part-time perks include stock options, a retirement plan, adoption assistance and an education reimbursement ($500 to $1,000 a year).
Bonus: Your caffeine fix will be covered here. Employees score unlimited free drinks during breaks, a 30 percent discount on other beverages and food plus a pound of free coffee every week.