Management: For Those Who Are Called

Even before they report for duty next month, most of the 24,500 reservists just called to active military service will be facing no small battle on the home front. During tours that can last as long as two years, spartan soldiers' pay will have to be stretched to cover civilian responsibilities. Yet a fortunate few will be able to count on a financial ally: U.S. businesses that sense a duty to their duty-bound employees.

Though the practice is by no means widespread, many companies are helping their former weekend warriors with financial aid, including substantial supplementary pay. Among the...

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