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Employee benefits are an important part of what you earn. In order to determine if you are getting all of the employee benefits that you are entitled to, it is important to understand that some employee benefits are required by law and some are provided at an employer’s discretion. The benefits that are required by law differ from state to state and depending on the number of employees working for an employer. Generally, employment benefits that are required by law include: unpaid time off if you’re sick or taking care of a sick family member; participation in social security; unemployment insurance; worker’s compensation; and the continuance of health-care coverage when an employee leaves a job, provided the employee had health insurance while employed. Some states also require employers to provide disability insurance. Other types of benefits can be provided by an employer but are not required by law. These benefits include paid time off and retirement plans, for example. All employee benefits – whether required by law or provided at the employer’s discretion must be provided in a nondiscriminatory fashion to eligible employees.