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Compensation & Benefits

Vaccine incentives: Maybe legal, maybe not

03/04/2021
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.

Employers focus on wellbeing, caregiving benefits

03/02/2021
Most employers know their efforts to support employees during the pandemic have fallen short, and they are adjusting benefits to do better this year, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson.

EEOC withdraws proposed rule on wellness program incentives

03/02/2021
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.

DOL expands eligibility for pandemic unemployment benefits

03/02/2021
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued guidance to state unemployment insurance agencies that expands the number of instances in which workers may be eligible for pandemic-related unemployment assistance.

Meeting employee caregivers’ needs in post-COVID world

02/26/2021
As employers nationwide prepare to meet a new normal, perhaps no subset of the workforce will be more affected than the over 40 million employees who double as caregivers to aging family members, many of whom struggled to find work-life balance even during better times.

Paycheck Fairness Act introduced again, and this time it could pass

02/23/2021
The PFA places a high bar in front of employers trying to justify differentials between the wages paid to women and men.

Poll: Paid family and medical leave has bipartisan support

02/23/2021
A plurality of both Democrats and Republicans favor legislation that would ensure up to 12 weeks of paid leave for employees who have a serious health condition, are caring for a family member or are having a child.

Offering incentives to get the vaccine? Tread carefully

02/19/2021
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.

Report: Wage-and-hour cases to ‘explode’ in 2021

02/19/2021
In 2020, workers filed class-action wage cases at the highest level in two decades, according to Seyfarth Shaw’s annual litigation report.

Expect more covid paid-leave mandates soon

02/18/2021
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s paid-leave mandate ended Dec. 31. The pandemic did not. Numerous state and local governments have filled that gap by enacting their own paid-leave mandates as part of pandemic control and recovery plans.