Employee Benefits - Union and non-Union

Can I offer different benefits for my unionized and non-unionized workforce?

You may not be required to offer the same benefit packages for unionized and non-unionized employees. To be certain you may wish to consider consulting with an attorney. An important consideration for the employer is to assess the impact of having similar or dissimilar benefit packages between the two groups.

It is not unusual to have mixed unionized and non-unionized workplaces, so this is a legitimate question. In general, items like employee benefits packages are created as part of a bargained agreement between the management and the unions representing the unionized workers. Employee benefits packages are normally created to attract and retain the best employees. The benefits package is often an important consideration for potential employees. Thus it may be in the interest of a company to offer a more generous benefits package for certain management level employees or even for positions requiring expert skills, in order to attract the best in the industry. Thus, having tiered employee benefits programs is not without precedent.

As with all things related to laws and legal matters, you should seek advice from an attorney. The information available on hrVillage.com are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue, question or problem.

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