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Indiana employers respond to higher gas prices

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The LaPorte District of Indiana’s Department of Transportation (INDOT) has instituted a four-day workweek for operations workers to battle high fuel costs. INDOT hopes the move will bring 10% savings on fuel, utilities and fleet maintenance costs.

Some employers, such as the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, are offering cash assistance to offset employees’ commuting costs. The monastery compensates workers for the average cost of gas above $3 per gallon, based on the distance they have to commute. Leed Selling Tools in Evansville reimburses employees for the cost of gas exceeding $2.50 per gallon.

Unlike raises, programs like those allow flexible compensation to address a specific problem and are only temporary.

Other employers have instituted online forums to help employees form car pools. All three employers report that employees overwhelmingly support the initiatives.

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