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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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Generally, you must pay employees for the time they spend in training. But that’s not always the case for initial orientation programs.
Not too many workers are absolutely wild about their benefits packages.
Q. Our company policy is not to pay an employee for unused vacation time if the employee resigns without giving the required two weeks’ notice. A former employee has challenged this policy and is threatening to take the company to court. Is this policy lawful?
Health insurance remains the employer-provided benefit employees value most, followed by retirement savings.
Add Minnesota to the growing list of states where conservative legislators are trying to overturn local ordinances raising the minimum wage.
A California Senate bill (S.B. 63) would expand the California Family Rights Act to businesses with as few as 20 employees.
Q. I am a small employer. One of my employees plans to donate a kidney to her sibling. She will need to take time off for the surgery and recovery. How much time can she take off? Must it be paid?
While much of the nation is focused on what changes may be coming to the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the EEOC, employers would do well to also pay attention to changes at the state level.
Q. An employee who is a volunteer firefighter wants to take two weeks off to engage in related trainings. That seems like a lot of time to miss. Must I allow him to take this time off?
An overwhelming percentage of Americans believe employers—not the government—should bear the cost.
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