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What is Fringe?
A fringe benefits marketplace that gives you an easy way to offer employees their choice lifestyle benefits that they’ll love
For more, see What is Fringe? (90-second introductory video)
How do points work on Fringe?
Points gamify the experience of choosing lifestyle benefits on our platform.
$1 buys 5 points
Points never expire
What can employees buy with their points?
130+ services to your employees that save them time, reduce stress, impact the family, and spark joy.
Local, national, and international vendors
No markups or hidden fees: most services on Fringe are priced below market value
8 in 10 employees say that Fringe increased their loyalty to their company
87% of employees said that Fringe was more meaningful, or as meaningful, as their traditional benefits
84% of employees say they prefer lifestyle benefits over in-office perks
90% average utilization & engagement for programs with monthly contributions
How do you determine which vendors are on the site?
Are services on Fringe marked up?
What is the average cost of a service in Fringe?
How often do vendors change?
Can employers edit or customize the marketplace to include standalone services they offer?
Is there a fee for customizing the marketplace?
What is the implementation process?
It takes only a few weeks to implement Fringe through Navigate.
The Fringe Customer Success team will take it from there!
What are the program level options for Fringe: Essential vs Premium?
How is a standard wellness program funded?
Points are billed when they’re issued, not when they’re redeemed. Here’s how it works:
Employees complete wellness challenges on Navigate to earn Fringe points
Employees spend their points for lifestyle benefits in Fringe
Navigate invoices the employer on a monthly basis for all points distributed to employees
Can companies utilize Fringe for programs in addition to their Navigate wellness incentive?
Yes, Fringe Premium users can utilize any of the additional programs at no additional cost:
Monthly point stipend for a flexible lifestyle (recommended for highest utilization & engagement)
Rewards or recognition
Manager spot bonuses and incentives
Work anniversary & milestone gifts
Free lunches & snacks/drinks for employees not in the office
Navigate will include an introduction to Fringe during the standard new user email cadence.
On the day of launch with Navigate, employees will be able to SSO into the Fringe Marketplace.
If there are no additional use cases or initial funding by the employer, employee accounts with have zero points in Fringe but the employee will still be able to search the benefits at their fingertips!
What is the recommended minimum rewards amount to see value in the program?
Lifestyle stipend programs that target $50-$100 /mo see the highest engagement
Birthdays: $25 – 50 /yr
Service anniversaries: $100-$1,000+ depending on tenure
Manager rewards: $50/quarter
Wellbeing subsidy program: varies
How to Get a Quote / Pricing:
Contact your account representative at Navigate to request a custom quote.
Can I use my credit card to buy up to additional items?
Yes, you can use any available points and “top off” by adding a credit card during the check-out process.
Can I donate to a charity of choice?
Yes, with Fringe Premium you can give your points to friends, family, coworkers, and any charity of your choice. Donations to 501©3s are tax deductible
What can employees redeem with their points?
Fringe offers 130+ services to your employees that save them time, reduce stress, impact the family, and spark joy.
Food and grocery delivery
Family support, including virtual learning, educational activity subscriptions
Caregiving for kids, pets, and aging family members
Entertainment, including streaming, gaming, and more
Available vendors may be customized at the client’s request
Do points expire?
How does invoicing work?
Fringe invoices the employer directly on the first of the month for any points allocated to employees as well as the $1 PEPM user fee for all employees at the company in the program.
For answers to FAQs or to pass along to company Billing Departments, please use this Navigate Customer Billing FAQs resource.
Here’s a 2021 w9 for Fringe if it’s requested.
Are Fringe selections tax deductible?
At the beginning of the year, Fringe sends employers a report detailing total taxable income broken out by employee. This can then be added to a w2 as compensation.
We do not handle pre-tax benefits — we leave that up to FSAs/HSAs
Tax Information for Employers:
Taxable fringe benefit (treated by the IRS like a gift card; taxable income to the employee)
Fringe provides employers with reporting of taxable income per employee (customized reporting may be available upon request)
Customers typically add taxable income to W‑2s at the end of the year.
Here is a tax guide for employers to further understand the tax implications of Fringe Benefits — A Guide to Fringe Benefits.
Have a question we don’t answer here? Contact Chris Luhrman — firstname.lastname@example.org