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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The ACA will raise household incomes for the poorest fifth of Americans, while higher income groups will experience small losses, according to a new Brookings Institution study.

Google earned the top spot on this year’s Fortune magazine list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” in part because of its array of amazing benefits. But the other 99 companies on the magazine’s list offer great perks, too. Which of these might work in your organization?

Base pay increases for 2014 will remain at 3% for the second year in a row—roughly one percentage point below pre-recession levels, according to Buck Consultants’ seventh annual Compensation Planning Survey.

HR Law 101: Two laws govern U.S. immigration policy: the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 and the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, which was amended in 1990. For each new employee hired, U.S. employers must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The I-9 establishes the employee’s identity and legal work status.

Sheetz President and CEO Joe Sheetz says the convenience store giant not only tries to offer the same employee benefits as its competitors, but tries to customize perks to suit its young workers, many of whom work relatively few hours.
The ACA’s employer mandate has been delayed until Jan. 1, 2016, for mid-sized employers, while compliance thresholds for large employers have been scaled back.
The owners of Mythos, a Greek restaurant in Queens, have agreed to pay $329,000 in back pay and liquidated damages to 21 employees following an FLSA investigation by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division.
Maybe their smiles were hiding the discontent. But according to a lawsuit filed against the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, current and former Raiderettes were paid only $1,250 per season—about $5 an hour for the work they performed, which included game-day cheerleading, re­hearsing and appearing at special events.
Most workers are satisfied with the health benefits they have now and aren’t interested in changing the current mix of benefits and wages offered by their employers, according to a new survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Q. Does any law require a company to give employees a raise at the end of the year or other amount of time?
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