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Compensation & Benefits

Worker demands back overtime? Investigate and, if warranted, pay up

12/06/2018
If an employer pays overtime incorrectly, it may be liable for up to two years of unpaid overtime, doubled as a penalty. But if an employer’s overtime mistake is “willful,” that liability reaches back another year, adding to the cost.

Prepare for new labor and employment laws

12/06/2018
With 2019 just around the corner, now is the time to preview labor and employment laws that will soon affect employers.

New benefits emerge to suit changing needs

12/04/2018
Employers are broadening the scope of their employee benefits offerings to meet the changing demands of their workforce.

Employees seek flexible work arrangements for the holidays

11/29/2018
Fifty-one percent of employees are uncomfortable asking their manager for time off during the holidays, according to a new study from West Monroe Partners.

Key question for unemployment benefits: Did employee quit or was he fired?

11/28/2018
Employees who quit their jobs aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. But if the employee believed the employer had already terminated him, then not showing up for work won’t count as quitting. He may be eligible for benefits.

Child-care needs may qualify for unemployment

11/28/2018
Employees who lose access to child-care services and who request an accommodation from their employer in order to keep working are eligible for unemployment benefits if their employer does not make the accommodation and the employee has to quit because she can’t find alternative care.

Steal pension funds, go to jail

11/27/2018
A joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service has led to the conviction of a Cleveland CEO who embezzled $126,000 from an employee retirement plan.

Survey: Employers taking steps to modernize total rewards

11/20/2018
As the war for talent in today’s tightening labor market intensifies, a majority of U.S. employers are taking steps to modernize their total rewards programs, according to a new survey by the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm.

Guidance fleshes out paid FMLA tax credit

11/19/2018
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides a tax credit for paid leave provided during 2018 and 2019. The IRS has now addressed key issues related to this tax credit.

DOL names the duties your waiter can be directed to do for free

11/13/2018
The Department of Labor has issued an opinion letter confirming activities for which tipped workers need not be paid extra.