NationsBank Corp. is asking shareholders to adopt the more generous BankAmerica Corp. stock award plan when the two companies merge this year.

NationsBank said in a filing Wednesday with securities regulators that it would boost annual share allocations to key employees to 1.5%, from 0.75%, of outstanding shares-an approach that would put the merged company's program on a par with those at competitors like Citicorp, First Union Corp., and J.P. Morgan & Co.

The allocations would help the new organization, which will take the BankAmerica name, to keep valued people and attract top talent in an increasingly competitive marketplace, the company said in the filing.

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