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Compensation & Benefits

Don’t turn down FMLA because paid leave is available

While employees may prefer taking paid leave and will often use vacation, personal or sick time to have a paycheck, employers shouldn’t refuse an FMLA request just because paid leave is available.

‘Fair scheduling’ legislation introduced, action unlikely

House and Senate Democrats have introduced legislation that would require retail, food-service and janitorial employers to give employees at least 14 days’ notice that their work schedules are going to change.

In the Payroll Mailbag: November ’19

W-2s: Pay to play? … Reporting taxable perks for VPs

Clock winds down on WOTC

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit provides an elective general business credit to employers that hire individuals who are members of one or more targeted groups. Maximum credit per employee: $2,400.

Proposed regs raise the value of company vehicles

The base value of company vehicles that qualify for a simplified method of determining employees’ personal use of company vehicles—the fleet valuation rule or the standard mileage rule—increases substantially under proposed regulations.

$5 million settlement in Intel pay discrimination case

Computer chip-maker Intel will pay $5 million to settle federal charges of systemic pay discrimination against female, black and Hispanic employees at facilities in Arizona, California and Oregon.

2019 W-2s: No changes to reporting health benefits

Use this chart to determine whether you must report health benefits on employees’ W-2s.

Employee returning from maternity leave: Does she have to have the same hours as before?

Q. Under Texas law, if we have an employee returning from maternity leave, are we required to give her the same work hours as she received before her leave? We would like to reduce her hours because sales are down.

Survey: Most employers offer wellness benefits

Employers are going beyond providing traditional health benefits to address employees’ well-being, finds a survey from the Robert Half staffing firm.

Snapshot: Who leads efforts to address pay inequality?

CEOs and other senior executives lend credibility to employer efforts to ensure women and minorities earn equal pay, but HR leads the day-to-day work.