Joseph Martocchio's Employee Benefits: A Primer for Human Resource Professionals was written to promote a fuller understanding of employee benefits programs among students enrolled in college-level compensation and benefits course. It is relevant to students who plan to be general managers who deal with a variety of human resource issues in their day-to-day jobs as well as to those who expect to be human resource practitioners. The real-world focus of Martocchio' s text is evident on every page, as he seeks to balance current academic thought with brief examples of contemporary benefits practices in business. Future employees and managers will gain a more complete understanding of the broader context of benefits management - not only the how but also the why companies provide benefits they do. Future practitioners will use this book as an introductory reference guide, one that will enable them to put benefit practices into their appropriate context, and to orient them toward asking the "right" questions of experts related to employee benefits, like accountants, attorneys, government bodies, etc. Martocchio's Employee Benefits is forward-thinking and seeks to bring the topic into the mainstream of compensation understanding. Despite its importance, benefits tend not to be very well understood mainly because of the vast array of regulations that govern employee benefits practices, and because of the wide variety of practices in benefits administration due to employers tailoring their own programs for competitive advantage and to the needs and preferences of their workforces.Martocchio, Joseph J. is the author of 'Employee Benefits A Primer For Human Resource Professionals', published 2005 under ISBN 9780072988970 and ISBN 0072988975.