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Compensation & Benefits

Muted reaction to DOL’s overtime salary threshold proposed rule

Reaction to the Department of Labor’s March 7 announcement of a 50% increase in the salary threshold has mostly focused on the practical details. Here’s what people are saying.

Snapshot: Almost all employers use variable pay

91% of employers use some form of variable pay to reward employees or encourage better performance.

1st steps: Gauge impact of new OT threshold

Start strategizing how to respond by identifying who on your staff would be affected by the new salary threshold rule.

Federal court revives EEO-1 pay reporting requirement

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on March 4 vacated a Trump administration stay of an EEO-1 reporting requirement that was promulgated during the Obama administration but never implemented.

Workers’ comp: What happens in Texas stays in Texas

Employees claiming retaliation for making a workers’ compensation claim in Texas can’t make a federal case out of it. Such claims must be heard in state courts.

Bill would ban local paid-leave laws in Texas

In the wake of passage of paid-leave ordinances in Austin and San Antonio, state Rep. Matt Krause (R.–Tarrant County) has proposed legislation that would clearly state that Texas municipalities do not have the authority to enact laws requiring employers to offer paid leave.

Employers sharing less pay info now than in 2010

Forty-seven percent of organizations now provide employees only minimal information about others’ pay, compared to 32% in 2010.

More covered by employer-sponsored health insurance

An improving economy and the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate may be behind a modest increase in the share of Americans with job-based health insurance in recent years, but the long-term trend remains a downward one.

Consumers rarely appeal denied insurance claims

People with health insurance only appeal a tiny share of denied insurance claims, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of recent claims data.

Chang, Chung employees say cha-ching! after settlement

Fourteen restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area will pay 100 employees a total of $126,142 after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigations found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.