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Compensation & Benefits

More bonuses this year, but probably worth less

Eighty-one percent of employers reported they would offer at least some employees a bonus or holiday gift this year.

DOL: Include covid hazard pay when determining overtime rate

Employers must factor coronavirus-related hazard pay into an employee’s regular rate of pay when calculating how much to pay for overtime hours.

JPMorgan Chase to pay $9.8 mil for pay bias

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has been at the forefront of confronting pay disparities between men and women. Lately the OFCCP has been on a roll.

W-2 reporting: Some good news and bad news from the IRS

When filing your 2020 W-2 forms, the IRS says the e-filing threshold will stay at 250, meaning organizations filing 250 or more W-2s must file electronically. The bad news: W-2 filing will be complicated this time around.

FFCRA to expire Dec. 31: Will it be extended?

When Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in March, it set the law to expire on Dec. 31. The virus is still raging and Congress is now considering extending into 2021 the law.

Employees flock to virtual health care during pandemic

Employee use of virtual health care has surged during the pandemic, with most employees giving the level of care high marks, according to a new survey by the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm.

When to pay for travel time: 3 scenarios

A new Department of Labor opinion letter answers questions about when employers must pay for time employees spend traveling to and from worksites. Opinion letter FLSA2020-16 addresses three scenarios.

Most employers tackled pay equity issues this year

Sixty percent of employers say they are addressing pay equity in their organizations and 70% are taking action to make their workplaces more diverse, equitable and inclusive.

Online training time: DOL explains when to pay

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new opinion letter that helps clarify when employers must pay workers for the time they spend undergoing training that is delivered online.

DOL cites more for denying paid covid leave

The U.S. Department of Labor continues to investigate and cite employers for failing to follow the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.