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Compensation & Benefits

Employers seek new health care cost-control strategies

Curbing the cost of health care and increasing its affordability remain the top priorities for almost all employers over the next three years, according to the 24th annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey by Willis Towers Watson.

Health benefit spending follows the 20/80 rule

A new study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute finds that a small minority of employees account for a huge majority of health insurance plan spending.

Higher health premiums mean less spent elsewhere

More than 80% of adults told pollsters they would have to cut back on other spending when health care costs increase.

Yes, same employee can file several EPA suits

Can an employee keep coming back to court with a new comparator? The answer appears to be a qualified “yes” as long as the new co-worker comparator arrived on the scene after the earlier lawsuit began.

IRS releases 401(k) COLA, other 2020 benefits amounts

The amount employees can contribution into their 401(k) or 403(b) accounts increases by $500, to $19,500 for 2020, the IRS announced.

‘Selling’ benefits: 5 ways to repackage perks & increase participation

The two keys to greater use of your work/life benefits: constant communication and the right kind of communication. Here are five suggestions to achieve those goals.

Rule would allow bonuses for fluctuating workweek employees

The proposed rule would revise the regulation for computing overtime compensation for salaried, non-exempt employees who work hours that vary each week (i.e., a fluctuating workweek) under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Workers almost never have to pay for mistakes

When employees make careless errors or don’t follow the simple rules you laid out for them, you might be tempted to make them pay for their mistakes. Don’t do it!

December 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

DOL sets record for back pay recovered through enforcement

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recovered a record $322 million in wages owed to workers in fiscal year 2019.