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Compensation & Benefits

Pay disparity lawsuit blooms

A class action filed on Sept. 8 for claims under the Equal Pay Act asserts that women in managerial positions are paid at a lower rate than men in managerial positions.

Fashioning an education benefit

Many employers are desperate to retain workers already on their payrolls and attract new ones. Enhanced benefits that are “sticky” are one way to do so. By offering perks that are hard to replace elsewhere and enticing workers to stay put, employers hope to come out ahead of the competition.

Diner ordered to dish up $1.35 million

The Empire Diner in Lansdowne, Pa., learned the hard way it’s not nice to steal your servers’ tips.

Well? Chicago city employees aren’t feeling so good

Wellness plans tread some fine lines, because an effective wellness plan must first develop baseline measurements on participants. And these baseline measurements may violate federal law, like the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. City workers in Chicago are testing this right now.

DOL seizes, sells owners’ real estate to obtain back pay

It took seven years, but the Department of Labor—a tenacious litigator if ever there was one—finally secured back pay for 478 workers who were employed by four related Massachusetts construction companies.

Survey says, ‘Take off!’ You need a vacation!

If you haven’t taken a vacation in the past year, you’re not alone. An August survey found that 42% of U.S. workers had not taken any vacation time off in the preceding 12 months.

Hot benefits trends for 2022 open enrollment

With open enrollment season once again upon us, employers are focused this fall on updating their benefits packages to attract and retain talent. A significant focus, driven by pandemic-related burnout and turnover: Providing benefits options that closely align with the individual needs of employees and their families.

New Calif. fast-food worker law could spread

The California legislature has enacted a first-in-the-nation law designed to grant broad protections to employees working in fast-food restaurants. As is often the case, it’s a California employment law that could well become a model for similar legislation in other states.

New research projects 6.5% higher health costs in 2023

Average costs for U.S. employers that pay for their employees’ health care will increase 6.5% to more than $13,800 per employee in 2023, predicts the Aon consulting firm.

Health benefits costs expected to rise 5.6% in 2023

U.S. employers anticipate they will have to spend 5.6% more for health benefits on a per-employee basis next year, according to the Mercer consulting firm’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans 2022.