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Now employees have to be obliged (3)


I believe the answer is:


'be obliged' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'now employees have' is the wordplay.
'have' says the answer is hidden in the clue.
'OWE' is hidden within 'now employees'.

'to' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for owe that I've seen before include "Are debtors" , "Have a debt to (someone)" , "Have obligation to pay" , "Be in debt - woe is me" , "Have to thank" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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