The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

Employees of

Copanion

in Andover, Mass., rarely go out for lunch. Instead, they enjoy catered meals every day—right at work. Employees eat and talk together in the company’s two lunchrooms … 

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) last month debuted the FirstStep Recordkeeping, Reporting and Notices Advisor, an online tool that helps employers determine which federal laws, record-keeping requirements and poster rules apply to them …

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Employees of Richter7, a Salt Lake City-based advertising and public relations agency, received an unusual directive from top management earlier this summer: No long pants allowed! Shorts, skirts, skorts and capris were in fashion for four weeks as part of a companywide push to beat the heat. Richter7′s owners even bought each employee a new pair of shorts.

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As health care costs continue their upward spiral, employers are looking for ways to hold down expenses. Preferred provider organizations (PPOs) remain popular, but employee participation in consumer-directed health care plans (CDHPs), health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) are on the rise …

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Nearly a third of HR pros in a recent survey reported knowing at least one employee who quit in the past year because the high price of gas made the commute too expensive. Some organizations are addressing the driving dilemma—and revving up their retention programs—by pushing telework and shorter workweeks. But other employers take an even more direct approach: paying for employees’ gas …

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The stormy economy hasn’t dampened employers’ interests in offering work/life benefits to their employees, says a new study. Even as organizations severely cut contributions to health care, disability programs and pension plans, they continue to offer flexible schedules, child and elder care support, and employee assistance with family and personal problems …

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You expect colleges and universities to prepare your youngest workers for their new jobs. But are you prepared for them? Twentysomething employees expect the workplace to greet them with technology that is no less cutting edge than the tools they use in their personal lives and on campus. Here are seven ways to use technology to retain Gen Y’ers …

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Most progressive companies help employees who have young children by offering benefits such as child care and parenting advice. But a few are helping employees become parents—with a benefit that helps them pay for in vitro fertilization …

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Your youngest employees have parents who raised them in a culture of rewards: They got money, gifts or privileges for doing their chores and earning good grades. Here are some strategies for attracting, motivating and keeping your Generation Y employees …

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When you plan your comp and benefits budget for next year—or for the year after that or the following year—how do you know how many employees your organization will need? If you’re like most organizations, you don’t know. But you should …

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