Employee benefits, also called fringe benefits, is an umbrella term that encompasses a number of facets related to employment, including insurance programs, fully compensated absences, stock ownership plans, pensions, and employer-provided services provided by an employer to their employees.
These also include bonuses, profit sharing, and the provision of a leased vehicle or housing. All “fringes” are by definition offered at the employer’s option.
Certain categories of employee benefits may require that the employee pay a part of the cost of the benefit in order to receive the employer’s contribution. For this reason, employees who have access to benefits outnumber employees who actually participate in the benefits offered.