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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Spending on health care benefits was up in 50% of organizations surveyed this year. In contrast, only about a quarter of employers reported spending more on wellness programs and career development.
Eighty percent employers of surveyed offer flexible work arrangements to employees, according to new research by the nonprofit WorldatWork and online career site FlexJobs.
Q: “We are reviewing our job descriptions. If a title is changed from Assistant HR Director to HR Tech but there is no change in pay, might it be considered a demotion?” – Patricia, Florida

The Fair Labor Standards Act carves out several special circumstances under which the FLSA does not apply. One of these applies to seasonal amusement establishments. As the following case shows, that includes an annual baseball “fanfest,” that relies on volunteers for success.

A handful of employers let workers take as much time off as they want, as long as the work gets done. While most of those companies view unlimited vacation as a great perk that helps reward and retain talented and hard-working employees, there’s another reason to offer it.
Legislation before the Washington, D.C., City Council would grant District residents 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave, the most generous leave mandate in the nation.
Almost every employer offers employees a handful of paid holidays. Otherwise, less than half of employers offer paid leave benefits.
Air Force contractor General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, based in San Diego, will pay 901 workers more than $945,000 after government auditors found the company had not paid them the prevailing wage mandated by the federal McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau has awarded $1.55 million in grants to eight state and local employment and labor departments to research and analyze how paid leave programs can be developed and implemented across the country.
Single and family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose an average of 4% this year, continuing a decade-long period of moderate growth, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust 2015 Employer Health Benefits Survey released Sept. 10.
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