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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.

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Currently, 17 states set minimum wages above the $5.15 federal minimum and you can expect that number to rise. Two key reasons: The increasing pain at the gas pump and expected ...

All work and no play can make Jack (or Jill) a disgruntled employee or client. So, you may decide to treat some of your top customers or valued employees to an outing as the summer draws to a close. By knowing the tax-law rules for entertainment costs, you can double your pleasure with top-dollar write-offs.

Last year's overtime regulations prompted many retail-industry employers to review their compensation structures. But, as the case below shows, if you're a retailer and have commissioned employees on staff, it's likely ...

Do you own rental property that's been producing a marginal profit or a loss the past few years? Short of raising the rent again, you're fighting an uphill battle as your expenses continue to grow.

Uncle Sam wants your tax money ... now. So, if you aren't sending the IRS enough money in your quarterly tax installments, you may need to pay an extra interest-rate penalty.

THE LAW. The U.S. Labor Depart-ment and each state government require employers to post certain employment-law information that ex-plains employees' rights and responsibilities. You also must make sure your federal and ...
Issue: As a new ruling shows, a female's job must be "virtually identical" to a male's to support an equal-pay lawsuit.
Benefit: You don't have to fear paying different wages ...
When training supervisors, stress that they must work harder to prevent workplace intolerance toward employees with physical or mental impairments.
Reason: More courts are allowing employees to use
the ...
Don't be afraid to set different salary levels for employees who hold the same title. Different pay for the same job title is fine as long as you can prove that ...
Issue: Many organizations rebounding from the economic slump are rehiring former employees.
Risk: You face special legal dangers when bringing back people who were laid off, fired or quit on ...
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