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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According to U.S. Department of Labor officials, the final version of the revisions to the white-collar exemption rules will be released in July. Employers will have only 60 days before the final rules take effect.
Technology and new ways of doing things sometimes clash with old laws and regulations. Take, for example, the Fair Labor Standards Act rules on who is an exempt employee.
Have some of your employees been promoted without getting raises? That could be dangerous if those workers can show that other employees outside their protected class did get higher pay.
Seeking to make it easier for employees to understand their health insurance benefits, the Obama administration has proposed a new  summary of  benefits and coverage (SBC) that employers could be required to begin using in 2017.
Forty-five percent of employers that impose health care surcharges on their employees who use tobacco say smoking in the workplace decreased since the policy was implemented, according to a new Society for Human Resource Management survey.
The so-called Belo plan exception lets employers pay a set amount to employees who have irregular schedules, even if they sometimes work overtime because of the nature of their jobs.
With more than half of employees reporting that benefits are a top consideration when deciding to accept a job, employers are raising the bar on the perks they offer.
Reflecting the steep drop in gas prices, the IRS’ standard mileage rate decreases to 54 cents a mile from 57.5 cents a mile for 2016.
The Obama administration is stepping up federal efforts to make corporate pay practices more transparent and spotlight discriminatory pay disparities.
It costs so much to provide health insurance for your employees that you may be frustrated when you see some of them engaging in unhealthy behavior that ultimately drives up the premiums you pay.
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