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.

Are you overpaid, underpaid or in the right ballpark? A new survey of 88,000 HR professionals provides average compensation levels for dozens of HR positions. Plus, it highlights an important trend--incentive compensation is growing more common in the HR world.

Issue: Employees too often see their base salary as their bottom-line compensation. Risk: Without a clear view of their total compensation package, employees become disillusioned and seek greener ...

When the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Ledbetter case in the spring of 2007, employers breathed a collective sigh of relief. It appeared that employees whose current paychecks were smaller because of sex discrimination years ago were barred from suing and instead would have had to file their lawsuits within months of the original discriminatory pay decision. Now it turns out that Ledbetter may not be as simple a decision as it first appeared ...

Same work, fewer expenses and less hassle. That’s the perceived advantage of using independent contractors. But many employers have opted for freelancers only to find a new set of problems: lack of control, unreliable workers and, in some cases, litigation. It’s a complex issue that has invited wide scrutiny. A host of federal and state agencies are cracking down on employers that misclassify workers as independent contractors ...

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that waiving employers’ past violations of the FMLA requires approval from a court or the U.S. Labor Department. That gives employees a leg up if they sue their employers for violating the FMLA. At the heart of the case is an FMLA regulation that states, “Employees cannot waive their rights under FMLA” ...

Incentive-pay programs and bonus plans are very common in North Carolina and sometimes constitute a significant portion of an employee’s pay. But if a dispute develops, the employee does not have a claim for breach of an employment contract. Instead, the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act (NCWHA) applies. The application of the NCWHA, which contains notice and nonforfeiture requirements, often takes employers and employees by surprise ...

Q. What is the minimum wage for North Carolina employees? Is it different than the federal minimum wage? ...

Employees who blow the whistle on corporate misdeeds have extra time to file retaliation complaints under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), thanks to a recent ruling by the New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division ...

FedEx Ground/Home Delivery drivers have filed suit in the federal district court in South Bend, claiming the delivery giant fired them in retaliation for exercising their legal rights. The California-based drivers, who operate single routes as contractors, have fought for years to obtain employment status with the company ...

Springfield-based Tyson Foods received approval from a U.S. judiciary panel to consolidate 18 employee lawsuits alleging labor-law violations concerning minimum wages, overtime and record-keeping. The lawsuits, which were filed in the district courts in 10 states, will be heard together in the Middle District of Georgia ...