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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.

Employment-related injuries are covered by workers’ compensation even if those injuries may have been caused by the negligence of a fellow employee. Employees who are hurt can’t sue the other employee directly; they must make a claim with their employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. As a practical matter, that means employers will bear the brunt of any injury ...

Over the past few years, large companies such as Microsoft, Abercrombie and Fitch, Intel, Federal Express, UPS, IKEA and Burger King have been involved in multimillion dollar class-action lawsuits for violating state and federal wage-and-hour laws. Now add Wal-Mart to that list ...

Say your marketing director breaks his leg at an after-hours employee softball game. Or your sales rep claims she was harassed at an after-work party. Is your organization liable for such off-premises activities? It depends to what degree you "sponsored" those events. Here are four ways to steer clear of liability ...

If your employees essentially perform exactly the same function, yet some are paid less than others, it may be time to compare pay and experience in your workplace. Then, adjust pay accordingly ...

Independent contractors aren’t eligible for workers’ compensation benefits paid by their contractor’s insurer, but employees are ...

Farmers Automobile Insurance Association (FAIA) failed to pay overtime to its claims adjusters in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Illinois Minimum Wage Act ...

Employees who are hurt on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, and so are some volunteers. But unpaid interns don’t meet either definition ...

With a new federal minimum wage kicking in July 24, it’s time to change your FLSA poster. Your inbox (both e-mail and on your desk) is probably overflowing with offers from organizations hoping to sell you such posters.

If the IRS reclassifies workers you consider independent contractors as employees, you could be liable for a big employment-tax bill. But you may be able to rely on a 1978 law to bail you out.

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows employers to pay pension benefits to employees age 62 and older who are covered under a defined-benefit pension plan even if they continue to work. The change makes phased retirement a viable option for employers who want to keep their mature, experienced workers ...