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Building a Better Benefit Plan
ACME Academic Publishing has been in business for 63 years. It had started as a publisher of school text books and encyclopedias and still did that today. But now they also produced e-learning materials like DVD's and CD's and instead of a printed encyclopedia they produced an on-line version that was updated every three months. They had around 150 employees whose ages ranged from their 60's all the way down to the early 20's. Their time of service with the company went from over 30 years to just a few months. The employee group was a mixed lot that included some trades and manual workers in the print shop and warehouse, clerical and management employees at head office downtown, and product designers and web developers at a satellite office out in an industrial park. In some ways there were three companies within one, each with their own traditions, cultures and ways of working. The problem was that they all shared the same ACME Academic employee benefit plan.