Employee stock plans are a good way to provide benefits and motivate staff, but the right plan has to be chosen. Companies are often torn between stock plans and ownership plans. Large companies can afford to have a combination, wherein different stock options and plans can be offered to specific employees while all full time employees who qualify can take part in the ownership plans like ESOPs.
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The ESOP is not a stock option plan. It is a tax-qualified benefit plan like a 401(k) that has to be made available to all full time employees after a certain amount of time spent on the job. The most common way is for the plan to borrow. Money to buy shares and then the company pays off the loan. Employees get the benefits when they leave or qualify for a distribution.
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Did you know?
Employees can profit from ESPPs even if the stock price falls.
The ESPP allows employees to buy stock at a discounted price through payroll deductions. The discounted price allows them to make a profit even if the stock price falls after they purchase it.