Work Perks: Policies Helping Small Businesses Offer Employee Benefits

Small businesses are vital to the State of Wisconsin, but many small businesses struggle to attract and retain workers because they cannot provide access to high-quality, affordable health insurance, retirement savings plans, and paid leave. This report reviews a range of policy alternatives that can enhance the ability of small businesses to provide benefits to employees. There is no silver bullet for addressing the concerns of all small businesses in providing benefits, but there are a range of options that policymakers can explore to help small businesses in Wisconsin.


  • Course: Spring 2020 Workshop in Public Affairs, PA 869, taught by J. Michael Collins
  • Authors:  Abigail Buta, Jessica Gehr, Ben Hofer, John Holland, Lucy Pepin
  • Client: Rep. Tip McGuire, Wisconsin’s 64th Assembly District

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