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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When negotiating contracts with employee outsourcing firms, many organizations make background checks an afterthought and leave the specifics up to the agency. That's a  big mistake ...

Nonprofits and employers in highly competitive fields often use volunteers to ease labor budgets and try out employees “before they buy.” But unless you structure those situations just right, you’re likely to run afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Minimum Wage Act ...

If your organization routinely hires independent contractors, be aware that the language in your workers’ compensation insurance contracts could contain legal problems ...

Many employment-based insurance policies, including workers’ compensation, require employers to notify their carriers of a potential claim “as soon as practicable.” Insurance companies have been known to refuse to defend a case if the policyholder doesn’t promptly report an accident or injury ...

The AFL-CIO is working to overturn provisions of Ohio House bill 690, which excludes farm, home health care and amusement park workers from the state’s recent minimum wage increase ...

White Paper published by The HR Specialist ______________________ In 2004, new U.S. Labor Department regulations took effect that enacted the most dramatic changes to federal overtime law in more than 50 years. By updating certain provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the agency redefined which white-collar employees are “exempt” under the FLSA (i.e., [...]
White Paper published by The HR Specialist, copyright 2007 ______________________ Federal employment laws can be terribly confusing, particularly because they often have different definitions for the size of a business that is exempt from the law. Use the following list to make sure you’re not spending time and money complying with laws that only apply [...]

HR Law 101: Workers' compensation insurance provides compensation to employees who are injured or disabled on the job. It pays for medical treatment, loss of wages during a period of disability and compensation for permanent disability or disfigurement ...

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