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.
Every Friday, a beer truck parks outside the Miami and Chicago offices of digital agency BGT Partners, and employees are invited to toast each other for their successes during the week. Both locations are new to the company, and execs have said what happens at one will happen at both in an effort to keep the culture consistent companywide.
Q. How can we handle an employee who routinely uses vacation and sick time on Mondays?
The Obama administration’s top workplace legislative initiative this year—the Paycheck Fairness Act—died last month when Senate Democrats failed to muster the needed votes.
Do the mental health and substance abuse benefits offered through your group health plan comply with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008? The DOL last month issued a set of frequently asked questions that help clarify employers’ duties under the law.
Q. We need to cut our payroll costs. Is there any reason we can’t cut everyone by 10%? All our employees are at-will.
Q. Must we give our employees time off to vote? If so, must we pay the employees for the time they spend voting?
Q. Our offices were closed due to a phoned-in bomb threat. As a result, we were forced to send home all our employees. Do we need to pay employees for showing up to work that day?
Do you require employees to complete after-hours training that will benefit your operations but isn’t directly job-related? If so, you must pay them for their time, unless you can show that participation is truly voluntary.
Q. We are considering replacing sick leave and vacation benefits with a paid time off (PTO) program. How are these plans treated upon the termination or resignation of an employee?
Kelley Drye & Warren, a New York City law firm with more than 300 attorneys, had a policy of requiring partners who reached age 70 to relinquish equity in the firm, receiving only discretionary bonuses. Too bad for the firm that Eugene D’Ablemont knew the law ...