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Compensation & Benefits

Beware basing starting pay on past salary

03/12/2020
Think twice before using a new hire’s past compensation to set her new salary. According to a federal appeals court, that violates the Equal Pay Act.

Bills would grant paid sick leave during public health emergencies

03/10/2020
Responding to the worsening coronavirus outbreak, companion legislation introduced March 6 in the House and Senate would require employers to provide 14 days of paid sick leave in the event of any public health emergency.

Our top financial worry: Unexpected medical bills

03/10/2020
When it comes to family budget concerns, unexpected medical bills top Americans’ list of worries, with two-thirds (65%) of the public saying they are at least somewhat worried.

401(k) docs posted on internet isn’t enough for employees to gain actual knowledge

03/03/2020
According to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled last week that a 401(k) plan participant didn’t gain actual knowledge of an alleged ERISA breach based on disclosures he received but didn’t read or couldn’t recall reading.

Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal of ACA constitutionality

03/03/2020
A fast-track appeal that could decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act will come before the U.S. Supreme Court later this spring.

Telemedicine could take off as coronavirus spreads

03/03/2020
The coronavirus outbreak could be the tipping point that finally popularizes the telemedicine option many health insurance plans offer, according to Mary Kay O’Neill, clinical services consultant for the Mercer consulting firm.

April 2020: Employer’s business tax calendar

02/29/2020
Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

New NLRB rule clarifies ‘joint employer’ status

02/27/2020
The National Labor Relations Board has issued a final rule ending years of confusion about what constitutes a joint employer in the context of the National Labor Relations Act.

Beware creeping expectations for exempts

02/25/2020
In today’s booming economy, with new workers in short supply, many exempt employees are being asked to do more nonexempt work and end up working longer hours. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Orange County, Calif. trucking co. delivering $200K in back OT pay

02/25/2020
C&W Trucking in Orange County will pay 56 employees $199,010 in back pay following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.