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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If you have provided a reasonable accommodation for an employee who has a disability, make sure you document any subsequent changes to that accommodation.
In March, the California legislature approved the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Admin­istration has asked a federal court to appoint a fiduciary for the 401(k) plan at Astro Communications, a Bronx telecommunications firm.
The Department of Labor’s May 18 announcement of final rules on white-collar overtime eligibility drew swift reaction.
Employers can offer incentives worth up to 30% of premium costs to encourage employees and their spouses to provide health information as part of an employer-sponsored wellness program.
At some point, providing more leave interferes with performance of the job’s essential functions. That point is easily reached when the employee demands unlimited sick days as an accommodation.
If employees have disabilities that flare up periodically, be prepared to provide reasonable accommodations—within limits.
A court has dismissed a company’s assertion that a former employee now working and being paid as a corporation means the employee was no longer an employee.
What are employees looking for when looking around?
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division settled Fair Labor Standards Act violations with two New York City nail salons.
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