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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Cities and states that require employers to offer paid sick leave benefits experience less severe seasonal influenza outbreaks.
A recent ruling from the National Labor Relations Board will affect New York colleges and universities. New state regulations will affect all employers that use paycards to pay their employees.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Admini­stration has charged Keares Electrical Contracting in Exton, Pa., with failing to make required contributions to the company’s 401(k) retirement plan.
Prepare for the likelihood that soon, you may have to begin providing some form of paid leave.
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.
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.
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?
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