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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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HR Law 101: When independent contractors are acting as a company’s agents, the company is liable for their actions, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2003 ...

The Pennsylvania Seasonal Farm Labor Act regulates the working conditions of migrant farm workers. The act establishes minimum wages and labor hours for seasonal farm workers ...

Local governments in Illinois sometimes legislate their own rules for employers within their jurisdictions. For example, some municipalities have living-wage laws stipulating higher pay than the state’s minimum wage ($7.50 per hour as of July 1, 2007) ...

Local governments in Florida can, and sometimes do, legislate what employers can and can’t do within their jurisdictions. For example, since the Florida Civil Rights Act contains no protections against discrimination based on sexual preference, some local governments have adopted ordinances to address the issue ...

California’s workers’ compensation system protects employees who are injured on the job by replacing lost wages while they recover. The Division of Workers’ Compensation in the California Department of Industrial Relations (www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/dwc_home_page.htm) administers the law ...

Under Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), it’s illegal to subject people to differential treatment based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status or marital status ...

The Texas workers’ compensation system is designed to replace the wages of employees who miss work due to on-the-job injuries. The system works as a no-fault guarantee. Employees who can show they were injured while working are entitled to a portion of their earnings and paid medical care for those injuries. They needn’t prove their employer was negligent. In exchange, injured employees can’t sue employers for negligence ...

The Georgia workers’ compensation system protects employees who are injured on the job by replacing lost wages while they recover. The State Board of Workers’ Compensation administers the law, which the Georgia legislature modified in 2006 ...

As of Jan. 1, 2007, California employers must pay a state minimum wage of $7.50 per hour, which increases to $8 per hour on Jan. 1, 2008. The minimum wage applies to all workers except ...

In March 2006, the Michigan legislature passed a new minimum wage law, but then amended it in August to address concerns that the new rate would entitle large segments of Michigan’s work force to overtime pay ...

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