Pay is down at the smallest companies, says Michael Alter, CEO of SurePayroll, another payroll processor. The company has 40,000 clients with an average of seven employees each, and the average paycheck was down 1.4 percent in 2012.SurePayroll found in a survey of its clients that 61 percent were holding off on raises or yearend bonuses until they knew the outcome of negotiations in Congress on the fiscal cliff, the combination of tax increases and budget cuts scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. But while most of SurePayroll's clients weren't hurt by the tax increases that Congress approved, they're still being cautious, Alter says.
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