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Compensation & Benefits

Summer’s almost gone! Let’s take some time off

Labor Day is right around the corner. Have you been stuck at work all summer? Don’t be like Mississippi. Make like Ohio and get the heck outta here. Go on vacation!

Overtime rule forwarded to White House for final review

The Department of Labor sent its long-awaited white-collar overtime rule to the White House for a final review on Aug. 12. If enacted, the rule would raise the minimum overtime salary threshold by 50% from the current $23,660.

Employer survey: Pay to rise a modest 3% in 2020

U.S. employees hoping for larger pay raises next year may be disappointed. A new survey by the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm finds that U.S. employers plan to hold the line on budgeted pay raises in 2020, despite low unemployment and a tight labor market.

SECURE Act retirement legislation stalls in Senate

A bill that would make it easier for more employers to set up 401(k) retirement plans for their employees, which easily passed the House of Representatives in May, is languishing in the Senate.

Snapshot: What do bonuses reward?

Most employers offer some form of compensation above and beyond salary or normal hourly pay.

More workers now eligible for health insurance

The number of workers eligible to receive health coverage through their jobs rose from 2014 through 2018, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Q&A: Paid leave laws in Dallas, San Antonio go into effect

Employers with more than five employees in Dallas or San Antonio should make sure their leave policies comply with the new requirements. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the ordinances.

September 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

Can we make pay raises contingent on doing charitable volunteer work?

Q. Our new CEO believes in volunteering and wants to institute a new requirement that all employees volunteer at least five hours per month to be eligible for pay increases at evaluation time. She wants to provide a list of appropriate places to volunteer. Can she do this?

New California state law extends paid leave to eight weeks

Effective July 1, 2020, workers who receive paid family leave benefits under the California State Disability Insurance Program will be able to receive eight weeks of paid leave instead of the current six weeks.