Business: Compensation Woe: How to Pay?

Lots of new wrinkles in benefits, but still a cry for cash

Managers, secretaries and production workers are painfully aware that when they get a pay raise, the extra dollars that they take home after taxes rarely begin to cover the increased costs they must bear. In the past year, as a result of the ravages of double-digit inflation, real incomes have fallen on average by more than 4%. What is less obvious is that the squeeze on purchasing power has become as much of a problem for employers as for employees.

Employers simply cannot...

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