There was a spike in the number of startups offering employee-benefits services through a B2B2C model last year. But the freewheeling spending of 2021 is now over, and some of these startups could find their offered services on the chopping block if market conditions continue to worsen. Gartner: Even if the market enters a recession, it won’t be similar to what we saw in 2008 because of the ongoing labor shortage in the U.S. Brian Kropp, chief of HR research, doesn’t think this downturn will mirror the last. He says even if there is indeed a recession on the horizon, the labor shortage will not be as long as in 2008 due to the ongoing issue of the labor market. . . .