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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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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.
Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House and Senate would grant a 25% tax credit to companies that offer between two and 12 weeks of paid family leave.
Public employees have constitutional property rights in employment and are entitled to advance notice before their salaries are cut.
Q. This is our busiest time of the year, and we really can’t afford to give our employees Labor Day off. Is it illegal to have employees work on Labor Day?
Q. I have chosen to keep my business open on Labor Day. Must I pay employees who work on Labor Day (and other holidays) premium holiday pay?
If you terminate an employee who may have been moonlighting or running a side hustle, she may not be eligible for unemployment benefits. You may be able to oppose benefits because she has another source of income.
Former employees claiming Equal Pay Act violations may force employers to produce not just past payroll information, but also after-the-fact pay data.
While we wait for final regulations implementing New York’s new law mandating paid family leave, here are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about it.
The Texas Supreme Court on June 30 threw out a lower court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to government-subsidized same-sex marriage benefits.
Employers with self-insured health plans should carefully monitor whether employees or their dependents using those health benefits end up suing a provider for malpractice.
Q. Our company often deducts the costs of meals and lodging from live-in employees’ minimum wages. How much can we credit meals and lodging against minimum wage in California?
Q. We are expanding out hospitality chain into California. What is the maximum tip credit we will be able to deduct from servers in California?
If it’s Monday, there must be a new plan afoot to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
A St. Paul man who once worked as the controller of an insurance company is headed to prison following his conviction for a 20-year scheme to embezzle more than $1.2 million from his former employer.
Overall, 32% of employers increased their benefits offerings in the last year. They were most likely to offer better wellness and health benefits.
A federal court in Minnesota has allowed a lawsuit to proceed based on the concept that unpaid time spent at work can be the basis for an unjust enrichment wage claim.
When New York’s new Paid Family Leave Law—which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018—is fully phased in, eligible employees will be entitled to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for certain qualifying reasons.
The U.S. Department of Labor will be surveying construction firms in 25 Eastern Pennsylvania counties over the coming months to collect salary data.
Defined contribution plans rule the employer-sponsored retirement realm. But surprise! A quarter of employers still offer pensions.
Employees terminated for misconduct aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits. But what is misconduct?
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