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Incentive Pay

Your vaccination decisions: 5 key issues to consider

You should absolutely formalize your decisions in a written vaccination policy that you provide to each employee, so that everyone is on the same page as to your requirements and expectations. Here are the five key considerations that should be front of mind.

Vaccine incentives: Maybe legal, maybe not

Some employers have begun offering incentives for employees to get the covid-19 vaccination. At first glance, that sounds like a great idea. However, there are legal complications that may not be obvious.

EEOC withdraws proposed rule on wellness program incentives

Remember back in January when the EEOC issued a proposed rule that would have strictly limited the kinds of incentives employers could offer to encourage employees to participate in wellness programs? Never mind.

Offering incentives to get the vaccine? Tread carefully

If you are considering offering a financial incentive, I caution you to tread carefully to make sure that you do you within the bounds of our equal employment opportunity laws.

Hazard pay is back—and so are its risks

Covid-19 cases are spiking again and employers are again beginning to offer hazard pay. In some cases, workers are demanding even higher pay and greater safety protections than before. How employers respond and structure round two of hazard pay may have lasting impact on operations.

Consider bonuses to attract & retain workers

With covid-19 cases spiking in much of the country, some Americans have simply decided it’s just not worth coming to work, especially in low-wage industries. But some employers have rediscovered an old-fashioned way to attract and retain employees: Cash bonuses.

Consider hazard pay to fill essential positions

Once upon a time, hazard pay was an incentive to entice workers to perform jobs that were themselves dangerous—think firefighting or defusing explosives. In the coronavirus pandemic era, hazard pay is being granted to delivery drivers, grocery cashiers and many other jobs now deemed “essential.”

DOL rule allows bonuses for fluctuating workweek employees

A new final rule from the U.S. Department of Labor clarifies how employers can offer bonuses and other incentive-based pay to nonexempt workers who receive salaries under the fluctuating workweek method of compensation.

Snapshot: Quarter of employers offer COVID-19 incentive pay

As employers continue to navigate the uncertain terrain in a COVID-19 world, some have begun offering hazard pay to employees who are required to work on-site during the pandemic.

Short-term incentives universal in private sector

Fully 99% of private employers offer some kind of short-term incentive to reward employee performance, according to new research by WorldatWork.