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Compensation & Benefits

Employers, employees may clash over return-to-work

05/13/2021
Employers continue to struggle with what post-pandemic work ought to look like, according to a new survey by the Littler Mendelson employment law firm. One of the most potentially significant problems: Employers and employees may disagree about plans for reopening workplaces after a year of working remotely.

Pay equity group alleges tip credit perpetuates racism

05/06/2021
Many tipped workers wind up earning far more than the $7.25 minimum when tippers are generous. But some patrons are cheapskates (or worse) who may tip far less because they harbor racist views. That problem is the basis of a recent lawsuit.

Efforts to promote DEI in benefits expected to surge

05/04/2021
The number of employers that will promote diversity, equity and inclusion in their benefit programs is expected to jump sharply over the next three years, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson.

Parts of new tip rule delayed

05/04/2021
Now delayed until at least Dec. 31 are provisions related to assessing monetary penalties against employers that violate rules for paying a tip credit to tipped workers.

Retirement saving balances, contributions rose in 2020

05/04/2021
A booming stock market and higher savings rates pushed average 401(k) account balances to record levels in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a Fidelity analysis of its investors’ accounts.

Details elusive in Biden’s paid leave plan

05/04/2021
Employees would be eligible for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave under a plan announced by President Biden during an April 28 address to a joint session of Congress. We know some of the details on the proposal, but much remains unclear.

Minimum wage for fed contractor employees going up to $15 per hour

04/29/2021
President Biden signed an executive order April 27 raising the minimum wage federal contractors must pay employees to $15 per hour, starting next year.

Biden proposes 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave

04/29/2021
The proposal, part of a legislative package called the American Families Plan, would provide workers up to $4,000 a month, with a minimum of two-thirds of average weekly wages replaced, rising to 80% for the lowest-wage workers.

Snapshot: Most Americans favor $15 minimum wage

04/27/2021
Even 71% of those who oppose a $15-per-hour minimum wage are in favor of raising it to some lesser amount.

Retirement confidence high despite pandemic

04/27/2021
Fully 72% of working people surveyed earlier this year by the Employee Benefit Research Institute say they are optimistic they will live comfortably after they quit working.