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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The biggest trend in employee compensation is pay-for-performance. In many organizations, less employee pay is fixed; more is contingent on performance. In reality, too few managers do what’s necessary to make pay-for-performance work. Solution: Teach the employees to “manage the boss.”

HR Law 101: The Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibits employers from paying different wages on the basis of gender for “equal work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility and which are performed under similar working conditions...” Female employees must also receive the same level of benefits as their male colleagues ...

Employers are emerging from the Great Recession with a different view of compensation and benefits. And, in most cases, that’s a good thing. Lessons learned in the lean years are being adapted and modified to make organizations stronger in this post-recession landscape. Look for these 11 trends to take a firm hold in 2011:

Figuring out how to effectively — and legally — manage your team's personnel records is often a daunting task. But, developing a records retention schedule will ensure that you keep the records you need for operational, legal, fiscal or historical reasons, and then destroy them when they're no longer useful.

Valentine's Day may have come and gone, but love might still linger in the air at your workplace. If so, watch out! When office romances sour, scorned lovers often turn to the courts to allege that a former lover was a sexual harasser. Here are three tips to help make sure Cupid's arrow doesn't harm your organization.

It’s expensive to train employees, especially if the content is highly specialized. Smart employers protect their investments by getting employees to agree to repay training costs if they leave soon after receiving the valuable benefit. Just don’t mess with the employee’s final paycheck.
The DOL has unveiled a first-of-its-kind arrangement: an attorney-referral partnership with the American Bar Association to help more employees file FMLA and FLSA lawsuits. Find details on this new program, as well as links to HR Specialist resources that can keep you from becoming a target of this looming legal dragnet.

Adding staff? Decide up front if you want an employee or an independent contractor. Under the FLSA and state law, you must pay overtime to nonexempt employees. Not so for independent contractors. Make the employee-or-contractor call well before you bring someone on board. Don’t assume you can make the designation later. That usually won’t work.

A triple-whammy of forces—new laws, new EEOC outreach programs and ongoing economic malaise—helped push the number of employee job discrimination claims to the highest annual total in the EEOC’s 45-year history.

Adding staff? Decide before you hire whether you want an employee or an independent contractor. Under the FLSA and some states’ laws, you must pay overtime to nonexempt employees—not so for independent contractors. Make the employee-or-contractor call well before you bring someone on board. Don’t assume you can make the designation later.