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May 26, 2011
1 in 3 Employers Offering Employees Help with High Gas Prices

High gas prices are affecting several areas of business, including employees'commutes. Some employers are trying to help staff by offering telecommuting arrangements or encouraging carpooling, however a majority (71 percent) aren’t providing any help, according to a recent BLR poll.

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The compensation poll asked employers, “What, if anything, are you doing to help employees deal with high gas prices?” The results are below.

Allowing more telecommuting
13%
Encouraging more carpooling
4%
Encouraging greater use of mass transit
1%
Providing some form of reimbursement to offset costs
3%
Two or more of these things
8%
Nothing
71%

According to the poll, telecommuting is the most common way employers are trying to help employees deal with high gas prices.

On the other hand, only three percent reported their employer is providing some form of reimbursement to offset commuting costs.

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