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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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Starting pay for pilots at some small regional airlines is as little as $15,000 a year, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report. That’s $80 less per year than a full-time, minimum-wage fast-food worker makes.

Employees, retirees and contractors of the Dow Chemical Co.’s Mid­­land, Mich., operation can get free home energy audits. The company has partnered with Dr. Energy Saver Lansing, a home performance and energy service.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced an unusual "Employee Empowerment" strategy in a letter to shareholders recently, one he attributed to Zappos, the shoe company.
Managers at Michigan-based Red Level Networks routinely analyze employee benefits in an effort to retain employees. The philosophy of David King, founder and president of the technology company, is that satisfied employees provide outstanding customer service to the firm’s clients.
President Obama has signed two executive orders that the White House says will promote pay equity for American workers.
Employees who believe they work in an organization with a strong “health culture” perceive themselves as healthier and are more likely to change unhealthy behaviors, according to a new study.

The 108 employees who work for Quakertown, Pa.-based Synergis Technologies have been with the organization for an average of 10 years. President and CEO David Sharp III attributes employee longevity to the organization’s core values

A waiter at a Philadelphia area Apple­­bee’s will have to go it alone against the company after a federal judge reluctantly admitted the man signed away his right to litigate in federal court when he joined the company.
At SC Johnson, work/life benefits are the company’s signal that it respects employees’ lives outside of work.
A former special needs therapist has lost her bid for unemployment compensation after a supervisor testified that the therapist told students she needed therapy herself because of the way the students behaved. The incident occurred while the supervisor was observing the class.
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