Must we pay interns and give them benefits?

  • September 15, 2012

Q. We are still getting requests from students to work for free. We know we have to pay them minimum wage, but do we have to do more? Do we have to pay benefits or...

Compass sent retirement funds the wrong way

  • May 20, 2012

Two recent settlements make what should be an obvious point: You can’t misappropriate employees’ retirement money and expect to get away with it. Cases in...

Pay cut for poor work? Document carefully

  • April 22, 2012

If an employee isn’t working as hard as you expect, reducing his pay might conceivably provide enough of a kick in the pants that he’ll pick up the pace....

‘Voluntary’ training time: To pay or not?

  • January 27, 2012

Do you offer extra off-duty training for employees that, while technically voluntary, is strongly recommended? If training participants are hourly employees, chances are...

Placed on PIP? That’s no reason to quit

  • November 20, 2011

Employees placed on performance improvement plans (PIP) sometimes suspect that they are about to be fired. But that doesn’t mean they can jump the gun, quit and...