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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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As the Senate continues to consider legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, employers expect to retain many of the ACA’s popular provisions, even if they are not required to by a new law.
A federal judge in New York, presiding over a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit, has found that First Bankers Trust Services breached its duties of prudence and loyalty to the participants of an employee stock ownership plan sponsored by SJP Group, a New Jersey paving company.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that employers are free to use past pay as the starting point for a compensation offer as long as they can justify the practice as having a legitimate business purpose. That’s true even if using past pay ends up perpetuating past pay discrimination.
More than half of employers view their employee recognition programs as an investment in their workforce, according to a new survey by the WorldatWork nonprofit.
The U.S. Department of Labor is pulling the plug on two pieces of informal guidance affecting independent contractor misclassification and joint employment that were issued during the Obama administration.
In the world of controversial show host Bill O’Reilly, personal responsibility has given way to excuses and coddling, prompting the question: Where is good, old-fashioned comeuppance when it is needed? In O’Reilly’s case, we now have an answer to that question.
Q. As a labor cost-cutting measure we are scheduling employees for three weeks on and one week off. We expect to keep this schedule indefinitely. Can employees collect unemployment for the one week they are off?
Brace yourself for an epic do-over of the salary-threshold rules that determine which white-collar workers are eligible for overtime pay.
A recent survey found that 61% of employees consider compensation a “very important” contributor to job satisfaction.
Walmart, the nation’s largest bricks-and-mortar retailer, is launching a novel delivery service to help counter competition from online retail giant Amazon.
Under Minnesota’s unemployment compensation laws, when service for a particular patient ends, attendants are only eligible for unemployment compensation benefits if they tell the staffing service they are willing and able to work with another patient. Otherwise, the end of the original assignment doesn’t count as a discharge.
Monsignor William A. Dombrow faces charges he embezzled more than a half million dollars from the Villa St. Joseph nursing home for retired priests in suburban Philadelphia.
Florida says fraud is one reason workers’ comp premiums for businesses rose by 14.5% last year.
The Department of Health and Human Services has drafted a proposed rule that would strip away the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring most employer-provided health insurance policies to cover contraceptive services. The rule would allow exemptions for any employer holding “religious beliefs or moral convictions” that oppose birth control.
The winners of the Society for Human Resource Management’s “2017 When Work Works Award” provide insight into the practices of effective workplaces.
Employees who are terminated for misconduct aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. Just about any breach of an employer’s rules amounts to misconduct.
The wage gap between men and women is established early in workers’ careers and increases “considerably” in the first 20 years of their working lives, according to new research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Q. We try to be a flexible workplace and sometimes get requests from employees to work from home for a day or two during school breaks and so on. I don’t have a problem with this for exempt employees, but what about hourly ones? How do we track that time?
If you fail to keep tabs and the worker sues, it’s generally his word against yours as to how many hours per day and per week the employee worked. That can result in a big back-pay bill, especially if the court doubles the damages as permitted under both federal and state law.
Does your company offer a supplemental unemployment compensation plan to employees? If that plan pays the equivalent of regular weekly wages, then the employee can’t collect additional unemployment compensation payments from the state system.
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