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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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 ...
You probably don't have employees living in your workplace, but a recent case illustrates your vulnerability to lawsuits if you keep workers tethered to the job, either physically or by phone, ...
If your business is image-driven, now's the time to take a closer look at how you regulate employee appearance. Reason: An increasing number of lawsuits are successfully challenging employers' dress-code policies. ...
THE LAW. The Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963 prohibits employers from dishing out different wages or bene-fits on the basis of gender for "equal work on jobs (requiring) equal skill, ...
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