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Michigan firm pays 100% for health care

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With 350 employees, the managers at Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber have custom-built a health care plan based on the staff’s needs. And it pays 100% of the premiums.

“Of course it’s costing us money,” says HR Director Brenda Heerdt, “but we feel that the health of our employees is very important.”

The employee-owned architectural engineering firm also keeps a health care advocate on retainer for employees. The trained nurse advises employees about health issues and doctors.

Employee-owners, says Heerdt, want to stick around, so the organization avoids downsizing and layoffs by cross-training employees.

“It’s the culture of all for one and one for all,” Heerdt says.

Contact: Brenda Heerdt at (616) 464-3702 or bjheerdt@ftch.com.

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