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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Q. Our company’s vacation policy says that terminated employees are not paid for vacation days that they accrued during their employment. Is that legal?
Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose an average of 3% to $18,142 this year.
Need help persuading management that raising wages, providing steady schedules and offering training that may lead to promotions will benefit your organization?
In a rare case showing that there may be some benefit to having a unionized workplace, a court has refused to consider whether employees should be paid for time spent putting on and taking off protective clothing.
Q. An employee recently tested positive for drugs during a random drug screening that we periodically administer to ensure that our employees are able to safely operate our systems. The employee admitted that he regularly used drugs, and would like to take several weeks off to participate in a rehabilitation program. Does Texas law require us to grant him time off?
St. Paul’s city council has unanimously approved the Earned Safe and Sick Time ordinance granting more than a week of paid sick leave to all employees in the city. The ordinance takes effect on July 1, 2017.
Wells Fargo's recent $185 million fine should be a lesson: Build accountability into your bonus or incentive programs.
The Montevideo, Minn. School District has settled an equal pay discrimination suit with the EEOC for $50,000.
Corporate America’s highest-ranking HR executives earn significantly less than their C-Suite peers.
The hits just keep coming for beleaguered banking giant Wells Fargo. What’s the lesson for employers?
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