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Compensation & Benefits

No FMLA? Consider time off as ADA accommodation

When an employee is ill but has no leave available, supervisors often tell them they must show up for work or else be fired. But firing her could be a huge mistake. She might have a disability that could be reasonably accommodated by offering unpaid leave.

To retain employees, offer more time off

As business emerges from coronavirus lockdowns, one surprising development is complicating a full recovery: Lots of workers are quitting their jobs. Smart employers are already looking for ways to stem the tide of departures.

Demand for well-being benefits has increased

Most HR leaders—61%—say demand for well-being programs has increased in recent months, and 63% say employee utilization of the programs is increasing, according to the WorldatWork total rewards association.

Class-action seeks pay for covid-19 screening time

Courts routinely rule that employees must be paid for time spent putting on protective gear that keeps them safe at work. Now employees have begun filing lawsuits making the same argument about time spent on coronavirus safety measures.

High Court: Only 3 cases affected employers

No case in this term rose to the level of last year’s Bostock v. Clayton County, a blockbuster decision that said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against discrimination because they are gay or transgender. However, these cases matter to employers.

Affordable Care Act survives latest challenge in the Supreme Court

For the third time, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the legality of the Affordable Care Act, leaving the law intact along with its employer coverage obligations and reporting requirements.

Prepare to accommodate covid after-effects

Most people recover from covid-19 within a few weeks. However, reasonably large numbers of people who had the disease experience after-effects that may interfere with their ability to work. As a result, employers can expect to see more requests for ADA reasonable accommodations and FMLA intermittent leave.

Report: Wage gaps between races continue to widen

Wage disparities between Black and White workers have increased in the last 10 years, even for people with otherwise comparable backgrounds and qualifications, according to a new study by The Conference Board business research organization.

Wellness perks evolving to reflect today’s concerns

Smart employers are looking to beef up wellness programs as they shop for next year’s plan. Three wellness trends are attracting employer attention in the run-up to open enrollment this fall: mental health services, telehealth and workplace safety.

DOL proposes new rule on tipped worker pay

The Department of Labor has floated a rule that would limit the amount of non-tip-producing work that a tipped employee can perform when an employer takes a tip credit.