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Compensation & Benefits

Snapshot: Which workers will get better benefits in 2023?

Employers say recruiting and retention challenges will prompt them to enhance benefits for line workers next year.

Remote I-9 document inspection takes one teeny step toward permanence

Since the onset of the pandemic, employers have generally been allowed to inspect employees’ Form I-9 documents remotely. ICE would now like to actually write this flexibility into the I-9 regulations. Here’s a preview of what that might look like.

E-Verify returns to pre-COVID rule on SSA mismatch

During the pandemic, employees were given extra time to resolve discrepancies found in E-Verify between their Social Security numbers and government records. But that flexibility has now ended.

Huge settlement highlights local law risks

Gone are the days when big verdicts or settlements were all the result of running afoul of federal laws. These days, employers also have to worry about increasingly aggressive state and local government agencies enforcing their own anti-discrimination laws and other employment ordinances.

Stop unauthorized work by remote employees

If you have employees who work remotely at least some of the time, you know how difficult it is to keep tabs on exactly what they are doing and when they’re doing it. That can be bad news if those employees are nonexempt. They must be paid for all work they perform—whether you knew they were working or not. The good news is that you can set up systems that prevent unauthorized telework.

It’s open enrollment: What about mental health benefits?

Employees have been through a lot over the last couple of years and the strain is showing. More say they want robust mental health benefits, including medical time off. With open enrollment coming, now is a good time to take a look at the mental health benefits your group plan offers.

DOL offers online training on prevailing-wage compliance

Complying with prevailing-wage regulations can be tricky. To make it easier, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting two free online seminars.

Health care to cost retirees hundreds of thousands

A 65-year-old couple that retires this year can expect to spend $315,000 on health care alone over the rest of their lives, according to Fidelity Investments’ latest annual Retiree Health Care Cost Estimate.

Employ remote workers? Beware local rules

Before you hire a new remote worker or authorize current employees to telecommute, always verify the exact physical location where the employee intends to work. Then check to see if any state or local laws will affect the remote-working arrangement.

Employers adjusting comp, perks to meet labor shortage

Employers are paying employees more, giving increases at more frequent intervals, enhancing workplace flexibility and boosting training opportunities.