Employers are feeling more generous this year than last when it comes to compensating workers who have to log hours on Thanksgiving.

A Bloomberg/BNA survey shows that 74 percent of employers who require folks to work on the last Thursday of November will offer extra compensation of some type. That compares to the 55 percent in last year's study who said they offered added perks for those who worked on Thanksgiving.

As anyone knows who does get out and about on turkey day, plenty of businesses — mostly retail — are open on the big day. Even at workplaces where Thanksgiving is a designated day off, skeleton crews may be on hand.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.