Consumer Discounts New Job Perk
(Kiplinger) — Employee discounts as a corporate perk have been around for some time. But now, companies of all sizes are setting up virtual discount malls through aggregators, which negotiate deals with local and national vendors, tailoring a shopping site to each company’s tastes. For companies, it’s a way to increase employees’ disposable income without handing out raises, says Christopher Covill, a partner at benefits consultant Mercer. And it softens the blow if other benefits are cut. “It’s good news that employers can pass along in an otherwise bad-news environment,” says Covill.