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Compensation & Benefits

Manage FLSA basics: minimum wage and OT

07/29/2021
Managing a restaurant is tough these days. Staffing is next to impossible. Wages are rising. New covid-19 safety rules have added layers of extra costs. Those are just the new complications. But all the old requirements remain, too, such as complying with the wage-deduction and overtime rules covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Beware choosing wrong vaccine incentive

07/20/2021
Forcing all employees to be vaccinated presents significant legal risks, and most employment law attorneys recommend against it. A popular work-around has been to encourage vaccinations by offering incentives to employees. That can help. But the incentive offered matters. Here’s what works and what can get you in trouble.

Poor time records? Court will believe workers

07/15/2021
Sloppy or incomplete payroll records will doom you in any disputes over employees’ pay. As this new ruling shows, if your organization fails to show detailed records or policies—especially about disputed off-the-clock work—the court will use your employees’ estimates of their work hours to determine your liability.

No FMLA? Consider time off as ADA accommodation

07/08/2021
When an employee is ill but has no leave available, supervisors often tell them they must show up for work or else be fired. But firing her could be a huge mistake. She might have a disability that could be reasonably accommodated by offering unpaid leave.

To retain employees, offer more time off

07/08/2021
As business emerges from coronavirus lockdowns, one surprising development is complicating a full recovery: Lots of workers are quitting their jobs. Smart employers are already looking for ways to stem the tide of departures.

Demand for well-being benefits has increased

07/06/2021
Most HR leaders—61%—say demand for well-being programs has increased in recent months, and 63% say employee utilization of the programs is increasing, according to the WorldatWork total rewards association.

Class-action seeks pay for covid-19 screening time

07/01/2021
Courts routinely rule that employees must be paid for time spent putting on protective gear that keeps them safe at work. Now employees have begun filing lawsuits making the same argument about time spent on coronavirus safety measures.

High Court: Only 3 cases affected employers

06/29/2021
No case in this term rose to the level of last year’s Bostock v. Clayton County, a blockbuster decision that said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against discrimination because they are gay or transgender. However, these cases matter to employers.

Affordable Care Act survives latest challenge in the Supreme Court

06/24/2021
For the third time, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the legality of the Affordable Care Act, leaving the law intact along with its employer coverage obligations and reporting requirements.

Prepare to accommodate covid after-effects

06/24/2021
Most people recover from covid-19 within a few weeks. However, reasonably large numbers of people who had the disease experience after-effects that may interfere with their ability to work. As a result, employers can expect to see more requests for ADA reasonable accommodations and FMLA intermittent leave.