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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Employees who elect to continue their health insurance coverage after a work separation get to maintain that coverage even if the employer switches plans.
The Office of Management and Budget has signed off on a Labor Department rule requiring federal contractors to grant employees at least seven days of paid sick leave per year.
The minimum wage goes up to $10.20 per hour on Jan. 1 for employees working on federal contracts.
The Securities and Exchange Com­mission recently issued two decisions rejecting severance agreement language that would require employees to waive their rights to additional monetary recovery.
The correlation between available time off and lower flu rates in locations that mandate sick leave are dramatic.
Q. One of our star employees wants to drive to an upcoming trade show instead of flying like everyone else. Can we insist that he must travel by air?

Recent legislation in several states allows employers to opt out of their state workers’ comp system in favor of private, parallel systems.

Walmart will pay out $200 million in quarterly bonuses to some 900,000 hourly workers after the retailer reported higher customer ratings between May and July.
Two former Wells Fargo employees who didn’t cheat in the bank’s ill-conceived incentive scheme to drive new business have filed a $2.6 million class-action lawsuit.
The average cost of providing health care makes up 7.6% of a company’s annual operating budget and equates to an average of $8,669 per covered employee.
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