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.
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Q. We have an exempt supervisor who has accumulated more than 400 hours of comp time over the past year. It’s almost impossible for her to take 400 hours of comp time and still do her job. What is our obligation to pay for this comp time? How can this issue best be resolved?
Q. A long-standing employee recently took FMLA leave to give birth, but her son has many medical complications. She exhausted her eligibility under our disability carrier and isn’t eligible for long-term disability because she herself is not disabled. We want her back, but she can’t commit to even 20 hours a week. What are our obligations under the FMLA, and would our employee be entitled to unemployment compensation if we terminate her?
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When and how much to pay employees for their travel and commuting time is a tricky subject. What's considered working time when employees are traveling? How do you deal with weekends that may combine business and personal travel and with requests for reimbursements when company vehicles are used for "commuting"?
Q. I’m confused about what we can do to restrict gossiping over pay. We think it’s nobody’s business and our pay rates are based on a number of factors. Can’t we tell new employees that we consider compensation levels confidential?
Summer is still a long way off, but you can be certain employees are already eyeing the July calendar in hopes of grabbing the prime weeks to block off for their summer vacations. You’ll probably be stuck refereeing who gets which days. Here’s some help from HR pros:
Q. Do we have to tell employees exactly how much they will be making before we offer them a promotion?
Q. During snowstorms and floods, the government sometimes declares a state of emergency in certain counties. No one is permitted to be on roads except essential employees and emergency vehicles. Do we have to pay employees who can’t come to work because of the restrictions?
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Q. We’ve concluded that a small group of our employees don’t appreciate their jobs. We’d like to post their jobs and replace employees who won’t take a pay cut with unemployed people who will work for a lower wage. Is this a problem?