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Compensation & Benefits

Workers’ comp model could curb opioid crisis

Abuse of prescription opioids has been cited as one of the leading factors in a recent decline in the life expectancy of working-age Americans. Now a federal program seeks to limit addiction by controlling how much medication injured federal government employees are allowed to receive.

Demonstrate good faith on wage claims by seeking advice from your attorney

If you don’t pay overtime as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act, you may end up owing both back pay plus a penalty equal to the amount you owed. But that’s not all; it could get worse.

Payments in cryptocurrency are subject to payroll taxes

Cryptocurrencies don’t change the basic rule that how someone is paid is immaterial to determining whether the remuneration is taxable. The issue is how cryptocurrencies are valued.

Half of us have raided our retirement accounts

Almost half of working Americans— 49%—have tapped their retirement savings to pay for things other than retirement, according to a new study by Bankrate.

McDonald’s pays $26 million for OT violations

Sometimes, seemingly insignificant wage-and-hour practices can add up to a huge employer liability—especially if they are contested in a class-action lawsuit.

California clarifies rest-period pay and rounding rules

On Oct. 9, 2019, the California Court of Appeal weighed in on two long-debated wage-and-hour issues in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC.

Newsom vetoes bill allowing babies at work

The bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Randy Voepel (R-San Diego County), said the aim was to allow workers to bond with their children and cut child care costs.

California law covers vacation pay disputes, not Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act sets the federal minimum-wage and overtime rules. Contrary to what many workers seem to believe, it does not guarantee additional wage-related benefits such as vacation or sick-time pay. Employees whose employers provide such benefits can’t sue under the FLSA, claiming they weren’t paid as promised.

Finite leave may be valid accommodation

It’s a difficult problem: A new employee hasn’t yet earned any leave but needs to take time off for a disability-related reason. It’s a mistake to automatically terminate such an employee. Slow down.

January 2020: Employer’s business tax calendar

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