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Compensation & Benefits

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Employees losing ground as inflation outstrips wage growth

The “real wage” metric the federal government uses to gauge the average American’s take-home pay fell 2 cents in the last year, to $10.76 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Sell employees on benefits of HDHP/HSAs

As you evaluate your health insurance options for the upcoming benefits year, you may be considering whether to offer high-deductible health plans, coupled with health savings accounts. HDHP/HSAs are a combination that can save big bucks for employers and employees alike.

IRS releases 2019 inflation adjustments for HDHP/HSAs

The IRS has announced the 2019 inflation-adjusted figures for high-deductible health plans and health savings accounts.

Navigating Minnesota’s 3 paid sick and safe time laws

Duluth recently became the third Minnesota city to enact a paid sick and safe time ordinance, following the lead of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The ordinance differs in key ways from its Twin Cities cousins’.

Workers’ comp claims get expensive when more than one employer is involved

The Minnesota Supreme Court has clarified the conditions under which an attorney representing an injured worker can obtain additional attorneys’ fees.

New tip rules: Prepare for a deep dive into the tip pool

Employers have long been allowed to pay tipped employees less than the usual minimum wage. In some industries, tips have traditionally been pooled, so “back-of-the-house” staff can share in customers’ generosity. But the informality of tipping means it is a surprisingly complicated wage-and-hour issue.

Ensure employees know of retirement plan rollover rules change

As a result of a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the rollover distribution rules are now more relaxed for rollovers of defaulted loans resulting from plan terminations or a participant’s failure to repay a loan upon severance from employment.

Snapshot: Salary budgets inch upward

U.S. employers are expected to budget for pay raises averaging 3.2% in 2019.

No unemployment for man who wanted to beat up boss

A Pennsylvania judge has refused to grant unemployment benefits to a former employee who was fired for challenging his supervisor to a fist fight in the parking lot after work.

Time clock rounding case offers lessons on compensable time

If you use a rounding system, take care to ensure that it is fair and neutral, and that, on average, the amount of employee time that is deducted is the same or less than the amount added to time records as time worked.
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