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.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act has opened the litigation floodgates. Already, federal courts hearing Florida cases are reinstating lawsuits they would have easily dismissed just weeks ago.

Recently, we addressed the risks involved in misclassifying employees as independent contractors and explored the three federal tests for getting it right. Be aware that Florida has own laws for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. Along with the federal standards, you need to be familiar with the Florida tests.

On Feb. 9, the state of California filed a criminal complaint accusing four Los Angeles car washes, their owners and one manager of wage-and-hour law violations and for creating “a work environment that bordered on indentured servitude.”

A new EEOC document spells out the best practices employers should follow to avoid discriminating against workers who care for ill family members, an issue that's especially critical in a down economy. Follow our links to download your copy of this important EEOC guidance.

The new economic stimulus law subsidizes the cost of continuing COBRA medical coverage for some employees who have lost, or will lose, their jobs. But the burden of paying the rest of the premiums has shifted to employers. Strategy: Recoup the cost ASAP.

Organizations that are perceived as caring companies typically look out for their employees and the communities where they do business. During hard times, then, companies that care tend to do whatever they can to keep their employees on their payrolls. Simply put, they respect the fact that employees need their jobs.

Q. Historically, we do not pay overtime to our commissioned telemarketers. After all, they are paid strictly on commission, not by the hour. Some employees are now complaining that we are paying them illegally by not paying overtime for weeks in which they work more than 40 hours. Are they right?

Family-friendly practices have suddenly taken a back seat as struggling businesses focus on the bottom line. Now employers are looking for other ways to give employees time off, albeit involuntarily. But when employers impose furloughs, forced shutdowns and reduced work schedules on exempt salaried employees in increments of other than a full week, it can jeopardize exemptions under the FLSA.

It’s not enough if you pay your income tax to Uncle Sam, it’s also a question of when the tax is paid. You could be assessed an “estimated tax” interest charge penalty if you don’t fork over the required tax in a timely fashion. Fortunately, you can avoid any penalties if you qualify under one of three safe-harbor methods. The new economic stimulus law eases one of these safe harbors for qualified small business owners.

White Paper published by HR Specialist, copyright 2013 _________________ Overtime pay. Discrimination. Family leave. Harassment … Federal employment laws govern all of these issues – and many more – that you deal with at some point in your career. It’s important for supervisors and managers to know the basics of how to comply with those [...]