Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and benefits topics – whether it’s minimum wage, workers’ compensation laws, or employee pay – if properly handled, can help you retain workers and recruit new ones.

Use our advice to craft independent contractor agreements that keep independent contractors – and your bosses – happy.

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Q. Some of my employees are required to drive their personal cars to and from various worksites during working hours. Do I have to compensate these employees for the miles they drive during this travel? If so, how much per mile must I reimburse them for?
With paid sick leave ordinances set to take effect July 1 in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Minnesota state legislature is firing back.
The Senate was poised last week to vote to block two Obama administration rules that made it easier for state and local governments to establish voluntary retirement savings plans for employees of small businesses.
A new survey by the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found widespread pessimism among women about their ability to save for retirement and about their retirement prospects in general.
The New York State Industrial Board of Appeals has ruled the Commissioner of Labor exceeded his authority when he issued regulations governing how employers could pay their employees using debit cards and direct deposit.
It seems counter-intuitive, but putting someone on paid administrative leave can be an adverse employment action and the basis for a lawsuit.
State Sen. Eric Johnson has introduced legislation that would bar employers from asking for an applicant’s salary history before making a qualified job offer that includes a proposed salary.
Q. My employees receive one week of paid vacation per year. Since I cannot have a use-it-or-lose-it policy, can I just cap vacation accrual at five days?
The average balance in U.S. employees’ 401(k) savings plans is $92,500, up about 5% from a year ago.
A coalition of business groups is appealing a federal court’s decision to uphold the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule, which requires retirement fund brokers to act solely in their clients’ best interests when recommending investments.
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