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Compensation & Benefits

What are the rules for paying an employee who cannot be located?

Q. One of our workers has gone missing. Could we still have to pay him for the time he worked before he disappeared?

California appeals court upholds clock-in/clock-out rounding

The decision reaffirms a 2016 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the subject and expands on the criteria used to determine whether a rounding policy is neutral in practice, and thus lawful.

Lower Rx cost growth rate projected in 2019

Prescription drug costs are projected to grow more slowly in 2019, according to findings of the 2019 Segal Health Plan Cost Trend Survey.

Benefits to attract & retain women: Go beyond the obvious

The path to attracting and retaining top women employees in a hot job market is clear.

General Mills unveils improved paid time off policy

Beginning Jan. 1, new parents will receive 12 weeks of paid time off at full pay. New mothers can get an additional six to eight weeks paid time off to recover from childbirth.

Out on medical leave? Don’t automatically reject bid for promotion

You might assume that if an employee is out on medical leave and applies for a promotion or a different position, you can reject her application because she can’t currently work. But that could turn out to be a big mistake.

Employees who resign aren’t usually eligible for unemployment compensation benefits

Generally, an employee who voluntarily resigns is ineligible for unemployment compensation benefits. However, there are some exceptions.

Cheaper retirement plans are just around the corner

Final regulations issued by the Department of Labor, which became effective Sept. 30, 2019, allow employers to band together to offer association 401(k) plans, technically called “multiple-employer retirement plans.”

ACA affordability safe harbors set for 2020 plan year

For the 2020 plan year, group health plans are affordable if employees’ monthly premiums don’t exceed 9.78% of your chosen safe harbor.

Special analysis: Hot job market + cool fringes = Payroll headaches

The unemployment rate hasn’t been this low in more than 50 years. So HR is tasked with coming up with fringe benefits that will incentivize new hires to sign on and entice current employees to stay. Too bad they didn’t consult you first.