Small Employers Plan Bigger Bonuses Than Last Year

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Tracking small business hiring trends in recent months has been a dull and dreary affair, with job growth decreasing slowly but steadily. Here’s a bit of holiday cheer: Some 55 percent of 563 small businesses surveyed by payroll services company SurePayroll are planning to hand out year-end bonuses this year, up from 38 percent in 2012. Eighty percent of those bonuses would be equal to or greater than last year’s payouts, respondents said.

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