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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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A strong economy hasn’t convinced employers to loosen the purse strings this holiday season. 

First Bankers Trust Services, a New York City firm that calls itself the “premier provider of fiduciary services” to clients nationwide, has settled three lawsuits with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration over its handling of three employee stock ownership plans.

As a congressional conference committee negotiates the final terms of tax reform legislation, a new poll of working Americans shows more support for maintaining the tax-favored status of employer-provided benefits than for the popular mortgage interest deduction.

Courts will always examine employment issues through the lens of one question: Would an average, reasonable worker have quit under the circumstances, choosing to become unemployed?

Cost growth has averaged just 3.3% annually over the past five years, compared to 6.2% over the prior five-year period.

Q. A former employee engaged in misconduct, which resulted in his discharge. Now he is requesting unemployment compensation benefits under California law. Is an employee entitled to these benefits if he or she is no longer employed, regardless of the circumstances?

The Senate’s mark-up version of tax reform proposes offering employers a partial tax credit for offering up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.

The version of tax reform legislation passed by the House Ways and Means Committee Nov. 9 retains popular dependent care flexible spending accounts.

Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose an average of 3% to $18,764 this year, continuing a six-year run of relatively modest increases.

Workers who quit their jobs and take a severance payment in ex­­change for dropping a potential lawsuit weren’t “forced” to quit because of something their employers did to make remaining employed impossible. They, therefore, aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation payments.

Cosmetic giant Estée Lauder faces charges its parental leave benefits discriminate against men.

More employers than ever are automatically enrolling employees in defined contribution retirement plans such as 401(k)s, according to a new survey by Alight Solutions, an HR consultancy that recently spun off from Aon Hewitt.

While the legal requirements to retain records are complex, you're probably safe in dumping those 1984 vacation-day requests. Still, knowing which records to save or toss can be critical to your business, particularly in defending against a lawsuit.

The cost of employer-provided health care and retirement benefits, measured as a percentage of pay, varies greatly by industry, according to research by the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm.

The owners of 16 McDonald’s franchises in Pennsylvania have agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle charges they violated state law when they paid employees with fee-laden debit cards.

Five questions about COBRA and Cal-COBRA regulations.
Employers are entitled to impose reasonable rules in their workplaces. Workers who refuse to abide by those rules aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation benefits if they are terminated.
Q. May I terminate an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim?
About one in four people (24%) covered by large employer health insurance plans spent more than $1,000 out-of-pocket on health care in 2015, according to new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. That’s an increase of seven percentage points from 17% in 2005.
Unless planned and executed properly, employers’ emergency procedures may run afoul of many federal, state and local employment laws.
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