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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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Two years ago, Emeryville, Calif. passed its Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave, and Other Employment Standards Ordinance. Now the city manager has released the regulations implementing the ordinance.
Despite low unemployment, employer payrolls are expected to increase only 3% in 2018, according to recent surveys. That’s in line with pay raises employers have been handing out for the last several years. What is changing, however, is how employers are paying workers.
It’s time to answer some of the trickier questions about the interaction of the FMLA, the New York Paid Family Leave Law and the state’s Disability Benefits Law.
Leave donation programs allow employees to donate their paid leave time to colleagues who are dealing with a catastrophic illness, personal emergency, or natural disaster, allowing the time to recover while still drawing a paycheck.
The health insurance “offer rate” for all but the smallest employers increased in 2017.
If the EEOC wins a pending lawsuit, be prepared to amend any policy that unequivocally calls for firing employees who can’t return to work after they have used up all their leave. If you don’t, you could find yourself in the crosshairs of the EEOC litigation team.
Q. As an employer, am I required to agree to all vacation requests my staff members submit?
Do you think you may have slightly underpaid an employee who is being terminated? Paying her a little extra as she heads out the door may fix that problem without penalty, based on California wage payment rules.
From wildfires in the west to hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the Southeast, natural disasters have millions of Americans on the move, trying to get out of harm’s way. But some employers need their workers in place even when disaster looms.
Diabetes is the number one condition affecting benefit plan health costs, according to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Workplace Wellness Trends 2017 Survey.
Many employers have maternity leave policies that provide a period of paid time off following birth or adoption. That’s fine. But if you intend for paid maternity leave to run concurrently with federal FMLA leave, be sure you spell that out.
In a seller’s market, it pays to know the benefits prospective employees value most.
More than three-quarters of workers—78%—are living paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet, and 26% don’t save any money at all.
Even as the economy strengthens and the job market remains tight, U.S. employers are holding the lid on salary increases—and they plan to do the same in 2018.
The average cost of employer-provided health insurance and pharmacy benefits will rise 5% for the fifth consecutive year in 2018, according to a new survey by the National Business Group on Health, which represents mostly large employers.
A new survey by the United Benefits Advisors consulting firm finds that total premiums—both the employer and employee shares—are slightly lower for companies that have fewer than 100 employees.
Half of American jobs pay less than $18 per hour, an inflation-adjusted rate that has barely budged in 17 years.
So-called “consumer-driven” health plans with high deductibles are continuing to gain market share in the United States, and are having the intended effect of making people more involved in their own health care.
The traditional eight-hour workday may soon be the exception rather than the rule, and Washington, D.C. is paving the way for change.
Minnesota employers are required to provide their employees with a dizzying array of information about their workplace rights. If you haven’t recently reviewed the posters hanging in your break room or above the time clock, now is a good time to make sure you’re in compliance with all posting requirements.
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