Cutting headcount certainly has its own price tag. In Guatemala
costs associated with advance notice requirements, severance payments
and other penalties that come with firing a worker can equal 170 times
the value of that worker's weekly wages, the highest in Latin
America, according to the World Bank. The region's average comes to
about 70 weeks' pay, while the lowest in the region was Nicaragua,
at 24 weeks. U.S. companies pay eight weeks in salary to fire their
workers, while the global average was 55 weeks.