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Compensation & Benefits

Scrapped: Fiduciary rule regulating retirement plan conflicts of interest


A panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on March 15 struck down the so-called fiduciary rule, an Obama-era regulation that required retirement plan advisors to always act in clients’ best interests instead of recommending investments that generated broker commissions.

DOL pilots PAID program for some FLSA violations

Some employers will soon be able to avoid the hefty penalties and double damages that usually result when the government discovers violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Blasé millennials require a different mix of employee benefits


Millennial employees grew used to taking “just for now” jobs with little hope of long-term stability. Their experience should inform your benefits strategy.

Retirement benefits get Senate boost


Senate legislation introduced March 8 would help employees save more for retirement and encourage employers to offer retirement benefits.

Snapshot: 5 fastest-growing benefits


More employers added these benefits offerings than any others between 2016 and 2017.

Working side hustle doesn’t stop eligibility for unemployment benefits


In a recent unemployment compensation benefit decision, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has concluded that participating in the “gig-economy” doesn’t necessarily constitute self-employment.

Court puts EEOC wellness incentive on life support


A federal court has vacated a portion of the EEOC’s wellness program regulations, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Accident during mandatory trip deserves workers’ comp


A worker who was seriously injured while driving to mandatory training is eligible for workers’ compensation.

Costco offers USA’s best comp & benefits package


The 10,000 employees of Costco Wholesale, the discount warehouse retailer, enjoy the nation’s most generous pay and benefits, according to a survey by Indeed.com.

Account-based health plans drive biggest cost savings


The companies that do the best job of managing health care costs and improving plan efficiency rely on account-based health plans, according to new research by Willis Towers Watson.