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Compensation & Benefits

Give them money or awards?

When evaluating possible award systems for your team, consider these factors.

Employers begin receiving Social Security no-match letters again

For the first time since 2012, employers have started receiving notices from the Social Security Administration that one or more employees’ W-2 forms contain Social Security numbers that don’t match the names appearing on the forms.

Employer health costs set to grow at 4.8% annual rate

Employers can expect annual health care spending growth of 4.8% between now and 2027.

Experience is a great teacher, but it’s not pay

If you plan to welcome unpaid interns to your organization this summer, be careful. If they receive any benefits beyond educational credit, some states may consider them to be employees. Thus, they would be covered by state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

DOL proposes to revamp regular rate calculation

The Department of Labor has proposed regulations that would tweak the payments that can and can’t be excluded from employees’ regular rate calculations when you’re figuring their overtime rates.

How much leave do we have to grant for bone marrow donation? Must it be paid leave?

Q. One of my employees plans to donate bone marrow. She will need to take time off for this purpose. How much time can she take off? Must it be paid, even though the decision to donate was not due to her own medical condition?

FLSA and transportation violations for SoCal company

A citrus and avocado distributor in Oceanside will pay 45 workers $13,641 in back wages after investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor found it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act.

Equestrian centers must pay $1.2M in back wages

Two prestigious Northern California show horse training stables will pay 30 current and former employees $1,270,683 in back wages after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation revealed they violated H-2B visa regulations, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.

Employees may be due partial pay if they show up for work, only to be sent home

Historically, California’s wage order system has required at least partial payment for cancelled or shortened shifts. In effect, that functions as a penalty for employers that schedule more workers for shifts than they ultimately need.

EEO-1 pay data could be due Sept. 30

The EEOC is planning a Sept. 30 deadline for employers to hand over data on how much they pay employees, broken out by by race, ethnicity and sex.