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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Reflecting the steep drop in gas prices, the IRS’ standard mileage rate decreases to 54 cents a mile from 57.5 cents a mile for 2016.
The Obama administration is stepping up federal efforts to make corporate pay practices more transparent and spotlight discriminatory pay disparities.
It costs so much to provide health insurance for your employees that you may be frustrated when you see some of them engaging in unhealthy behavior that ultimately drives up the premiums you pay.
New guidance from the Depart­ment of Labor has turned up the compliance heat on organizations that purchase labor from temp agencies and other contract employment entities. THE LAW The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the nation’s key wage-and-hour law. Legal definitions used in FLSA regulations also appear in many other Department of Labor-enforced regulations […]

The Department of Labor has jumped on the National Labor Relations Board joint-employer bandwagon.

It might be time to consider adding an employee assistance program to your benefits package. According to the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, here’s what to look for.
Keep this statistical tidbit handy the next time raises aren’t as generous as employees want: People who value time more than money are happier, according to a series of studies published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
A slim majority of employers—51%—say cost control is their primary compensation planning goal for 2016, after focusing more on talent retention in 2015. The result, according to Buck Consultants’ ninth annual Compensation Planning Survey: another year of stingy pay raises.
Q: “An employee went on maternity leave and will use paid time off until the short term benefit kicks in. Does she continue to accrue PTO while on short-term disability?” – Anne, Texas
Employees who report being threatened at work can quit and collect unemployment benefits if their em­­ployer doesn’t act fast to provide a safe workplace. Such a “compelling and necessitous” reason to quit makes the employee eligible.
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