The hits just keep on coming. I’ve been covering the Frankenstein fallout since The Worst Piece of Legislation In History passed, and the results continue to shock the conscience. Matt brought you up to speed on the bonuses and other investments announced by American and Southwest Airlines this week, but they’re hardly alone. Let’s survey some of the additional devastation wrought by this Armageddon-style legislative meteor strike: (1) Beefed up bonuses and philanthropy at AFLAC, nationwide:
Effective in 2018, Aflac makes the following commitment to our U.S. workforce: 1. Increase the company’s 401(k) match, from 50% to 100% on the first 4% of employee contribution, while making a one-time contribution of $500 to every employee’s 401(k) plan. 2. Offer certain hospital and accident insurance products to all employees free of charge, as the company currently does with its core cancer insurance product. Aflac expects to increase overall investment in the U.S. by approximately $250 million over three to five years…“We are pleased that these tax reforms provide Aflac with an opportunity to increase our investments in initiatives that reflect our company values; providing for our employees in the long and short term, ensuring future growth for our company and giving back to the community,” Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. “We will use these funds to help secure healthy retirements, develop employee skills in an evolving global business climate, and provide additional protections for our workers and their families. At the same time, we will strategically invest in growing our business, while increasing our commitment to children and families facing childhood cancer.”
(2) Bonuses for thousands of Total System Services employees in Georgia:
Total System Services Inc. (NYSE: TSS) is crediting tax reform for cash bonuses going to their team members worldwide. A spokesperson for the Columbus, Ga.-based credit card processor best known as TSYS told Atlanta Business Chronicle that it made an internal announcement Tuesday that team members would receive a “special one-time cash bonus of $1,000” as “a result of the company’s continued success and the recently passed U.S. tax reform legislation.” TSYS, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018, has about 11,500 employees — a little more than 5,000 of whom are based in Georgia.
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