Checklist: Employee Benefits During a Job Search
Many employers offer employees benefits beyond what they are required to under the law. When searching for a new job, it can be useful to understand and review potential benefits beyond a salary.
Employee benefits can include:
For more information, read our Checklist to Making the Most of Employee Benefits During Open Enrollment.
Benefits have an added value to your total compensation package. But, timing is everything. It is not recommended to ask about employee benefits during the first interview. It is more appropriate to ask these questions as you advance in the hiring process. You may also find information about benefits in the job description or on a company’s website.
New employees often have to wait 30-90 days for benefits to begin. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) limited the waiting period for health insurance benefits to 90 days.
For more information, explore our Health Insurance Topics Page.
If you need to take time off work for your own medical condition or care for a family member, review a new employer’s policies. Also, laws apply to different-sized employers. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to private employers with 15+ employees, but state laws may cover smaller employers. The Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to private employers with 50+ employees. Employers may offer time off beyond the legal minimum, such as paid sick time, vacation, or general time off. Employers may allow co-workers to donate leave to each other.
Last reviewed for updates: 01/2022
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