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Compensation & Benefits

Offering incentives to get the vaccine? Tread carefully

If you are considering offering a financial incentive, I caution you to tread carefully to make sure that you do you within the bounds of our equal employment opportunity laws.

Report: Wage-and-hour cases to ‘explode’ in 2021

In 2020, workers filed class-action wage cases at the highest level in two decades, according to Seyfarth Shaw’s annual litigation report.

Expect more covid paid-leave mandates soon

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s paid-leave mandate ended Dec. 31. The pandemic did not. Numerous state and local governments have filled that gap by enacting their own paid-leave mandates as part of pandemic control and recovery plans.

Another agency to watch out for: the FTC

Government agencies such as the EEOC and the Department of Labor often sue employers on behalf of employees who claim they were wronged. Now there’s another federal agency taking on employers: the Federal Trade Commission.

Retailers face employees’ covid-related lawsuits

By early February, almost 200 employees had filed covid-related lawsuits against their retail employers.

Google $3.8M settlement shows equal-pay risk

Ignoring your obligation to provide equal pay for equal work can be expensive. Google just agreed to pay millions to fix illegal pay disparities. Advice: Ferret out pay imbalances before a federal agency (or class-action lawyer) decides to make an example of your organization.

Remote work could save U.S. employers $500B per year

“The Business Case for Remote Work” says a typical U.S. employer can save $11,000 per year for each employee who works remotely two to three days a week.

Friday wrap: Forms, the end of PAID and other fun stuff

While all eyes are on Congress and the giant reconciliation bill we anticipate any day now (we’ll probably be saying this next week, too), let’s see what else happened in Payroll Nation this week.

Group plans must assure mental health coverage parity

Tucked innocently into the Consolidated Appropriations Act was a measure that largely escaped notice until now: A new requirement that says group health plans must comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Employees want greater benefits security, lower costs

Roughly half of U.S. employees want more help from their employers to save for retirement, balance their work and life issues and get the most value from their employee benefits, according to new research from the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm.