How is ERIC Different?

Large companies have the opportunity to join many groups, and a number of ERIC members also participate in other benefits-related associations. What makes membership in ERIC unique, essential, and different from other associations? In addition to the work we do and the value we offer, consider these key differentiators:

Large employers only. ERIC is the sole organization devoted to advocating exclusively for health, retirement, and compensation policies for companies with 10,000 or more employees. We represent companies that are leaders in every sector of the economy, and have fewer than 100 company members. With a small and focused membership, that means our members' issues are ERIC's issues.

Federal lobbying. Many associations report to their members on public policies that are being developed. Their work is often limited to sending comments to lawmakers and regulators. ERIC’s team of seasoned advocacy professionals are registered lobbyists who regularly and proactively meet with policymakers, crafting new proposals, and lobbying to shape the laws and regulations that impact large employers.

State Influence. No other benefits association lobbies on state policies that impact large employers. ERIC not only advocates on the state and local level, it has developed a one-of-a-kind interactive portal of state proposals. The fast-growing State Mandate Action Program™ has become the go-to resource for companies to find and keep track of state and local policies that increasingly threaten the ability to provide uniform benefits to workers across the country. That means ERIC and its members can respond to threats at their inception and know the landscape of policies enacted and considered by individual states and localities.

True peer network. The ERIC membership is only for large employers that sponsor health, retirement, and compensation benefit plans for their workforce, and does not represent individual consultants or vendors, other trade association or industry groups, or small/medium-sized companies with fewer than 10,000 employees. This offers an unparalleled opportunity for a true peer network – just large employers.

No membership tiers.  One annual fee covers everything for the member company. There are no extra charges for member-only content, no additional subscription fees, no further investments for joining the board of directors, no charges for our extensive database of current and proposed state laws, no charges for as many staff as a member company wishes to participate in ERIC activities, and no registration fees for attending conferences.

Conferences are member-driven. There are no vendors and no selling at ERIC's policy conferences. That means the agenda and discussion are focused on collaboration and policy solutions for large employers. 

Privacy. Finally, ERIC respects the privacy of its member companies and does not publish its member list. That means ERIC members retain control over their brands. ERIC uses its considerable credibility with lawmakers, regulators, and the media as a solutions-focused association to advocate for public policies to support ERIC members.

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