Employers can give employees short-term loans for emergencies or other needs, and some of these can be set up at no cost to the employer.
- Some employers allow employees to take advance payments of their wages for short-term loans. These loans, however, typically don’t address the underlying financial management that causes the need for emergency loans.
- Some organizations work with a United Way, credit union or bank to implement Working Bridges or a similar program, which gives employees loans during financial emergencies and also promotes employee budgeting and saving skills. (Click here to see a first-hand account of one employer’s income advance program.)