HR 101: A brief history of fertility benefits

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Welcome to HR 101. Class is now in session. Today’s discussion is all about fertility benefits.

The history. Fertility benefits, including IVF and egg-freezing coverage, as well as family planning, adoption, and surrogacy support, were rare as recently as 2015. Indeed, research from Mercer found that less than one-quarter (24%) of large employers (with more than 500 but fewer than 20,000 employees) covered IVF, and only 5% covered egg freezing.

Among the employers offering fertility benefits were Apple and Facebook, both of which announced coverage for egg freezing in 2014 as part of an effort to attract and retain more women employees.


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