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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 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.
Most employers have a policy that lets employees either roll over unused vacation or cash it out after a certain amount of time has passed.
Americans took an average of 16.8 days of vacation in 2016, up from 16.2 days in 2015. Those extra five hours provide “reason to be cautiously optimistic,” says the enthusiastically pro-vacation advocacy group Project: Time Off.
New research by ADP has found that a 13% raise is the salary-increase tipping point at which employees will jump to a new job.
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