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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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The DOL's website, youthrules.dol.gov, is designed to educate employers about the rules for employing teens (sorry, there’s no help with how to actually manage them).
Many of the regulations for implementing the Affordable Care Act are highly technical, and don’t relate directly to the employer-provided side of the health insurance market. However, the feds have recently released rules that employers can use.
Employees who are in the National Guard and Reserves usually serve their two weeks during the summer. Here’s what you need to know.
Workers terminated for misconduct aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation. But before you oppose benefits, consider the employee’s side of the story. Rest assured, the hearing officer will. And even if you win the first round, an appeal may consume time and money better spent elsewhere.
It’s time to take a breather from the voluminous sets of regulations related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care reform law. Here’s news that’s easier to digest.
Days before a scheduled strike vote in late February, St. Paul teachers reached a tentative deal on a new contract. Overall, teachers will receive an 8.6% increase in pay and benefits over two years.
Employees are taking more responsibility for financial planning, according to Financial Finesse, a company that helps workers learn to manage their money.
The CEOs of the 100 largest U.S. companies had median incomes of $13.9 million last year, an increase of 9% over figures reported in 2013 by the Equilar executive pay consulting firm.
Not having enough money for retirement tops the list of money woes that have Americans “very” or “moderately worried,” according to a new poll.
In the wake of some high-profile lawsuits, here's a rundown of the problems that can arise when interns work for free.
Federal law sets the ground rules for employing teens, but state law controls the age at which they must obtain age certificates, working papers or parental consent letters and how long you must retain those documents. Here's a chart that lists requirements.
The Equal Pay Act makes it illegal to set separate rates of pay for men and women doing the same work. But some employers don’t understand that job titles and job descriptions don’t matter much when it comes to comparing jobs.
It’s not too early for the Newark, N.J., office of the Patton Boggs law firm to start planning its annual holiday celebrations—because it throws two separate parties every December.
Q. May I dock an employee’s pay as a penalty for disciplinary infractions?
Boston University management professor David Weil has been confirmed as the next administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD). Nominated in September 2013, the Senate confirmed Weil on a party-line vote: 51 Democrats yea, 42 Republicans nay.
After a three-year hiatus, Uncle Sam will resume mailing Social Security statements this fall. The documents—which show working people how much Social Security income they can expect to receive when they retire—used to be mailed every year.
Legislation that would have gradually raised the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour failed to earn enough votes to clear a procedural hurdle on April 30, but Senate Democrats vowed to keep the issue front and center in the run-up to November’s midterm elections.
A new health insurance approach called “reference pricing” may help control employers’ health costs, according to a new analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Properly paying employees is one of the most basic employer responsibilities, yet wage-and-hour cases continue to flood the legal system. It’s critical to understand the laws that govern when workers must be paid.
Q. Because our office is in a residential area, mail isn’t delivered until the late afternoon. One of our secretaries volunteered to pick up the mail at the post office on her way to work every day. It’s not too far out of the way, but it does change her regular route to work. Are we required to reimburse her for the additional time, as well as mileage?
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