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cafeteria plan

a fringe-benefit plan under which employees may choose from among various benefits those that best fit their needs, up to a specified dollar value.
Also called cafeteria benefit plan.
Origin of cafeteria plan
First recorded in 1985-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The employees' lunchroom—conducted on the cafeteria plan—serves four thousand men and women each working day.

    The Romance of a Great Store Edward Hungerford
  • The whimsical notion occurred to Ward that he might post Brophy on the advantages of a cafeteria plan of operating his hostelry.

Contemporary definitions for cafeteria plan

an employee benefit plan that allows employees to choices (as in a cafeteria) involving health insurance and retirement plans, etc., that best meet their needs; also called flexible benefit plan's 21st Century Lexicon
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