More firms adopt employee stock ownership plans

04/19/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Many business founders are using employee stock ownership plans to transfer partial or total ownership of their companies to their employees. The number of employee-owned businesses rose 12% from 2007 to 2011, according to the National Center for Employee Ownership. Some company founders point to the cultural benefits of employee-ownership plans, but the practice also has detractors who worry that workers may lose their savings when businesses fail.

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