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Compensation & Benefits

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Supreme Court passes on same-sex benefits

12/14/2017

On Dec. 4, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case testing whether the court’s landmark decision legalizing gay marriage requires government entities to provide the same employee benefits to same-sex couples that heterosexual couples receive.

New York proposes rules on paying for unpredictable schedules

12/13/2017

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.

First Bankers settles ESOP lawsuits for $15.75 million

12/13/2017

First Bankers Trust Services, a New York City firm that calls itself the “premier provider of fiduciary services” to clients nationwide, has settled three lawsuits with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration over its handling of three employee stock ownership plans.

Be fair about leave requests, or prepare to defend against discrimination lawsuit

12/13/2017

Leave is just as valuable as wages to many employees. That’s why it’s essential to administer leave benefits fairly and equitably.

Snapshot: Fewer bonuses this year

12/12/2017

A strong economy hasn’t convinced employers to loosen the purse strings this holiday season. 

Poll: Employee benefits are our favorite tax breaks

12/12/2017

As a congressional conference committee negotiates the final terms of tax reform legislation, a new poll of working Americans shows more support for maintaining the tax-favored status of employer-provided benefits than for the popular mortgage interest deduction.

Employer-sponsored health plan costs rose 2.6% in 2017

12/05/2017

Cost growth has averaged just 3.3% annually over the past five years, compared to 6.2% over the prior five-year period.

Cover all bases when settling workers’ comp claim

12/04/2017

Sometimes, employers and employees decide to settle a workers’ compensation claim. But don’t assume that will put an end to the matter—unless you have expert legal help drafting a complete release of any and all claims.

Frequently asked questions about vacation pay in California

11/29/2017

Answers to four questions about California vacation leave laws.

Best holiday gift for employees could be a simple ‘thank you’

11/28/2017

A little appreciation can go a long way with employees. This holiday season, remind supervisors to stuff their employees’ stockings with a simple “thank you” for a year of loyal service.

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