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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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In December, some high-profile businesses announced they planned to give bonuses to their employees. Other companies said they would raise the minimum wage entry-level employees receive, with corresponding increases for higher-paid staff. Both strategies recognize a tightening job market. Which one is right for your organization?

How you handle disability accommodation requests may determine whether a worker receives unemployment compensation if you terminate her after she’s used up all her leave.

The Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General is investigating allegations that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta ordered DOL staffers to quash internal research showing that a proposed rule allowing tip pooling in the hospitality industry would cost employees $5.8 billion per year.

President Trump’s Jan. 30 State of the Union shout-out to paid family leave drew bipartisan applause but left many scratching their heads: Did he have any specific plans in mind?

The New York City Council has amended the city’s Fair Workweek Law to allow employees to make temporary changes to their work schedules for “personal events.”

When a worker receiving unemployment benefits accepts a job she isn’t required to accept because it is “unsuitable” for her training, education or ability, she can quit within 30 days and regain unemployment benefits. But simply quitting because she thinks she is going to be discharged doesn’t count.

An employee may claim her job is so stressful that she can no longer work and should receive workers’ comp benefits. That claim can succeed—if a court concludes that “abnormal” working conditions caused the stress, anxiety or depression that made it impossible for her to work. But whether work is really abnormally stressful is a fact-specific question.

The Department of Labor suppressed results of internal research showing that a new proposed tip pooling rule could deprive restaurant servers of $5.8 billion in tip income every year, according to a report by Bloomberg Law.

When you are offering an applicant a part-time position with variable hours, be sure you make the terms clear. If you create an expectation and then reduce her hours, she may be able to quit and file a claim for unemployment compensation benefits.

Cities and municipalities continue to pass new laws affecting how employers manage their workforces. Here is a look at the new NYC “safe time” leave law and Albany County’s new rules on interview questions.

Q. We gave our employees gift cards as holiday gifts. Must these gift cards be reported as taxable income?

Stoltzfus Structures—an Amish-owned light construction company in Chester County—will pay $188,572 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 47 employees.

The rushed passage of tax reform legislation at the end of 2017 means employees now have little reliable guidance on how to manage income tax withholding on their 2018 pay. Here’s a framework for fielding withholding-related questions. 

Determining when and how much to pay employees for their travel and commuting time is a complex subject. Here are answers to 7 questions about travel time and the FLSA

Employers in New York will be subject to new “call-in” pay and scheduling requirements under recently proposed state regulations. The issue is “just-in-time” or “on-demand” scheduling of workers.

Americans want to spend like crazy in retirement. They also want their nest eggs to last forever.

The IRS’ standard mileage rate, which you can use to reimburse employees who drive their own cars on business, increases to 54.5¢ a mile for 2018, up one penny from the 2017 rate.

You have an additional 30 days to provide 2017 Affordable Care Act health insurance reporting forms to employees.

Many American workers didn’t leave work far behind between Christmas and New Year’s Day, according to Robert Half’s holiday survey.

A federal judge in Philadelphia has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from enforcing new rules giving employers wide latitude to exclude coverage of birth control from their health plans if they have moral or religious objections.

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