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Compensation & Benefits

Kids remote learning again? Grant paid leave

As the coronavirus pandemic enters a new contagious phase this fall, employers must understand their obligations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

‘A wake-up call on employee benefits’: COVID is driving more interest in open enrollment

While a vast majority of employees typically choose the same benefits year after year, that could be changing.

Leave & accommodation are top reasons for COVID suits

A new analysis of all COVID-based employment lawsuits found the most popular claims are related to employee leave and disability accommodations, followed by retaliation/whistleblower suits.

3 Supreme Court cases HR should watch

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020-2021 term is in full swing. So far, there are three cases on the docket that may affect employers. Here’s a brief summary of each.

Snapshot: Strategic benefits of offering paid leave

About half of employers offer some form of paid leave.

401(k) balances tripled between 2010 and 2018

The average 401(k) plan account balance of “consistent participants”—those who remained active in the same 401(k) plans from year-end 2010 through year-end 2018—almost tripled in that period.

DOL targeting covid-leave request denials

When the Families First Corona-virus Response Act went into effect April 1, most employers found themselves suddenly required to provide paid leave under two separate provisions. Uncle Sam has started making sure they comply.

Pandemic to trigger 4.4% health cost hike

That looks surprisingly “normal”—until it’s viewed in the context of employee wage growth, which has fallen to near zero this year.

More HEROES and so far no villains: House tries one last time for pandemic relief

Tick, tick, tick. That’s the sound of the legislative calendar. It’s winding down and this may be the last, best chance for injecting another shot of pandemic-related relief into the economy.

Consider offering benefits to help employees handle caregiving

Working parents aren’t the only employees who may have caregiving responsibilities. In response, some employers have beefed up existing benefits and created new ones.