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Compensation & Benefits

DOL releases guidance on the COBRA subsidy

The Department of Labor has dedicated a web page to the American Rescue Plan Act’s 100% COBRA subsidy. It’s also released a ton of guidance on the subsidy, and just in time. The 100% subsidy kicked in April 1. There’s a lot to unpack, so let’s get started.

Help newlyweds make new names official

Expect an outbreak of wedding bells among your employees later this year. HR and payroll should start preparing now to process name changes.

Snapshot: Which wellness benefits are employers investing in?

During the pandemic, twin trends—mental health and telemedicine—have dominated employers’ wellness initiatives.

First Friday in April: A little of this, a little of that and a serving of humble pie

Let’s look at what’s payroll-related in President Biden’s infrastructure plan, among other issues (but first, the all-important designated hitter debate continues).

It’s time to scrap pay-secrecy policies

Traditionally, employers have tried to keep a lid on compensation-related discord by asking employees not to discuss pay. To some extent, that’s just the way it’s always been. But today, no-talk-about-pay rules are under legal assault, challenged for violating the law and helping perpetuate income inequality.

Walsh to lead Biden pro-worker agenda

For the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Department of Labor is now headed by a union leader. Marty Walsh will take the lead on advocating for workers on an array of issues.

HR reacts to mental health/well-being crisis

The past year was one of trauma for your employees. And as home life merged with work life for many people, that pulled mental health into a front-burner workplace issue. Amid the crisis, many proactive organizations stepped up to the challenge.

Now is the time to get in front of the coming pay-equity wave

Closing the wage gap between women and men is emerging as one of today’s most pressing workplace challenges. Smart employers are planning for a post-pandemic future in which there is greater wage parity between women and men.

What managers need to know about the FMLA

The law allows qualified employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for their own “serious” health condition or to care for an immediate family member who has a serious condition.

Trending: NY mandates paid vaccine leave

The state of New York just enacted legislation requiring employers to grant paid leave to employees receiving covid-19 vaccinations. The law could be a sign of things to come.