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Compensation & Benefits

Consider new perk: Student-loan repayment

A little-known provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, signed last December, lets employers offer student-loan repayment as a benefit. This may help attract job applicants who see the value of paying down their student debt.

Cost of denying pregnancy leave: $146,000

When an employee has pregnancy complications that might delay her return to work, consider offering additional leave. In addition to the FMLA, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act may compel employers to accommodate pregnant employees by granting time off.

Afraid you’ll miss payroll? Here’s what to do

Failing to pay employees what you owe them, on time, is certain to cause legal trouble. Not only do many states have strict rules about when employers must pay wages due, the U.S. Department of Labor aggressively goes after employers that don’t pay workers on time.

Labor crunch: Lure applicants with higher pay

The post-pandemic economy is showing signs of a solid recovery. Businesses that sell goods and services are gearing up to satisfy pent-up demand. But first they need to hire staff, and that is proving to be a challenge, even as the unemployment rate continued to hover around 6.1% in April.

Employment law changes: What to expect into 2022

Paid sick leave—an issue supported by President Biden and gaining steam in state legislatures—is the top legislative issue that employers expect to impact their businesses over the next 12 months, according to a new Littler survey of 1,100 HR professionals and in-house attorneys.

Medicare at age 60 would provide coverage to millions of employees

As many as 11.7 million employees who currently have employer-sponsored health insurance would be covered by Medicare if eligibility for the program began at age 60 instead of 65, according to an analysis by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.

Bill would require automatic enrollment in retirement plans

H.R. 2954—the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021—is designed to encourage more Americans to set aside money to fund their retirements.

Snapshot: Most working-age Americans have health insurance through work

Participation in employer-sponsored health benefits varies slightly by age.

Employers want government to help control health costs

Top executives at nearly 90% of large employers surveyed believe the cost of providing health benefits to employees will become unsustainable in the next five to 10 years, and 85% expect the government to intervene to provide coverage and contain costs, according to a new survey.

COVID litigation: What HR can learn from the first wave of lawsuits

Since the COVID pandemic struck last March, courts have been flooded with lawsuits. These lawsuits come in a wide variety of flavors, with each offering important lessons for employers who want to avoid becoming the next target. Here are some of the top litigation triggers to help you revamp your pandemic response.