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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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Simply said, federal law requires you to provide men and women equal pay for equal work. While some situations dictate that you set pay differentials, say, for seniority, merit or quantity ...
Reminder to employers: You may have heard that the gender pay gap is closing somewhat. But don't slack off in your efforts to comply with the Equal Pay Act.
The ...

THE LAW. Maintaining personnel files can be a chore, but it's the most important element in defending against claims from employees, ex-employees and regulators ...

Avoid dress-code rules that have no clear business reason or health and safety reason, plus check with your state labor department to see if your state has a pay-for-uniform ...
Issue: Laws applying to Web site sales and promotion are evolving.

Risk: You could face civil lawsuits, government fines of up to $500,000, jail time and the loss of your site’s copyright.

Action: Audit your site’s legal compliance, starting with these five problem areas.
Layoff or firing? Probationary or “permanent” employee? Using the wrong employment-related terminology with an employee can expose your company to costly lawsuits. Here’s a look at five of the most common examples: 1. ‘Permanent employee’ “Employment at-will” is the rule in most states. That means you can fire an employee at any time, for any [...]
When it comes to basic compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), simply calling your hourly workers "outsourced employees" won't let you off the hook ...
Expect a bumper crop of eager interns this summer, thanks in part to the still-struggling economy. While internships can be a win/win situation for employers and students, ...
What if your independent contractors wake up tomorrow and decide they actually should be considered employees? Too many companies think they've got a bulletproof ...
Migrant workers at a Florida farm were required to pay expenses out of pocket for securing work visas and traveling to job sites. Because these costs amounted to "pre-employment deductions" from ...
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