1. What are three considerations in the wage determination criterion “ability to pay”? Why, by itself, can’t the ratio of labor cost to total cost always be the formula of a company’s wage-paying ability?
2. What is the concept of comparative norm in determining the basic wage rate? Why there are limitations to this approach? What has led companies to grant various forms of individual treatment to companies?
3. Why has weighted deferred wage increase averages continued to fall since the 1990s? What is your opinion on the fact that unions had little in the way of bargaining successes in this new era of hard times for labor?
4. Analyze the benefits of Supplementary Unemployment Benefit Plans, and list potential scenarios when they become quite vulnerable. Address service requirements, duration, benefit formulas, and plan funding in your answer.
Your responses to all questions should be at least 200 words in length. You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.