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Compensation & Benefits

No unemployment comp after bizarre threats

Workers who are fired for willful misconduct are not eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. Breaking a rule against making threats or committing violence generally meets the requirement of willful misconduct as long as the employee knew or should have known about the rule.

Important questions and answers about the new overtime rule

Last month’s much-anticipated overhaul of the salary threshold that determines when administrative, executive and professional employees are eligible for overtime pay means employers must now consider potential changes to their compensation plans. Here are some key Q&As from a new DOL fact sheet on the proposed change.

GOP bill would tap Social Security to fund paid parental leave

Senate Republicans have introduced legislation that would let new parents draw against their future Social Security benefits to provide paid parental leave when they welcome a new baby or adopted child into their homes.

Federal court nixes Trump’s ‘association health plans’

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled March 28 that a Trump administration effort to facilitate bare-bones health plans was an illegal violation of the Affordable Care Act and ERISA, the law that governs employee benefits.

Paycheck Fairness Act clears House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation first introduced in 1997 that would prohibit employers nationwide from asking job applicants about their past or current pay.

Employers back ACA rule on pre-existing conditions

Employers of all sizes overwhelmingly support preserving the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for health insurance plans to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions, according to a new survey by the Mercer consulting firm.

New rules tackle rate of pay, joint employment

Regulators at the Department of Labor have been busy, issuing two new notices of proposed rulemaking in less than a week.

May 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

State OT thresholds may exceed new DOL rule

Employers in some states have—or will soon have—more than federal wage-and-hour compliance to worry about if their exempt employees work overtime.

Do vacation, sick leave buy-backs factor into overtime pay?

Many employers that provide sick leave and vacation leave time have a policy or practice that allows employees to “sell back” their accrued but unused time. Do these payments for sick and vacation time have to be counted as part of the employee’s regular rate of pay for the purpose of computing overtime?