Employer-Sponsored Benefits and Family Financial Security

The current landscape and opportunities for the future


Employer-Sponsored Benefits and Family Financial Security

Changes in the workforce and the economy over the past several decades have contributed to the evolving employer-employee relationship. The Great Recession also altered the environment in which workers, job seekers, businesses, and governments operate.

However, the financial well-being of families in the United States is still largely driven by the labor market and by the relationships workers have with their employers. The contribution employers make to households’ financial security goes beyond wages and salaries to include benefits—such as paid leave and health insurance—that are designed to help workers manage and prepare for financial challenges.

In addition to a transforming economy and labor market, legislative changes such as the Affordable Care Act affect the context in which employers choose which benefits to offer their workers. Together, these issues also have a profound effect on the financial security of employees and their families.

Please join us for a series of discussions highlighting the state of employer-sponsored benefits; the impact of shifts in the benefits landscape for firms and workers; the role of research, policy, advocacy, and philanthropy in an evolving field; and what we can expect from the future of work.

This page will be updated as speakers are confirmed.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

8:30 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 – 9:10 a.m. Introduction
9:10 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote: Employer-Sponsored Benefits: A Lay of the Land
Clinton Key, The Pew Charitable Trusts
9:30 – 10:40 a.m
Panel 1: Employer-Sponsored Benefits and Family Financial Security
Moderator: Jonnelle Marte, The Washington Post
Janet Boguslaw, Brandeis University
Matthew Rae, Kaiser Family Foundation
Tony Cheng, Working America
John Hart, Opportunity Lives

10:40 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.  Panel 2: A Changing Benefits Landscape: Employer Impacts
Moderator: Kimberly Adams, Marketplace
Holly Wade, National Federation of Independent Business
James Klein, American Benefits Council
Erik Rettig, Small Business Majority

 11:45 a.m. – Noon   Break
Noon – 1:25 p.m. Lunchtime Panel: The Future of Work and the Employee-Employer Relationship —What Is Left to Learn?
Moderator: Sarah Sattelmeyer, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Arne Kalleberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Angela Rachidi, American Enterprise Institute
Richard Luss, Willis Towers Watson
Aditi Vaidya, Solidago Foundation and See Forward Fund

1:25 – 1:30 p.m. Closing

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Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E Street, NW
Washington, DC
Data Visualization

Portrait of Financial Security

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Data Visualization

This interactive highlights the financial balance sheets of 17 family types and illustrates how household demographics, such as education, race, and family structure, relate to financial security. Users can explore three areas of the balance sheet—income, wealth, and liquid savings—to better understand how families are doing financially and how they perceive their financial well-being. The interactive is based on data from Pew’s nationally representative Survey of American Family Finances. Select a profile to get started.


The Precarious State of Family Balance Sheets

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This report seeks to develop a clear picture of the current state of household financial security.