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Compensation & Benefits

For unemployment, cursing amounts to misconduct

06/07/2017
Pennsylvania workers can be denied unemployment benefits for willful misconduct. A court just decided cursing counts, even if there’s no specific rule against it.

9th Circuit: Equal Pay Act allows past pay as excuse for current pay differences

06/06/2017
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that employers are free to use past pay as the starting point for a compensation offer as long as they can justify the practice as having a legitimate business purpose. That’s true even if using past pay ends up perpetuating past pay discrimination.

SHRM award winners show off best practices

06/06/2017
The winners of the Society for Human Resource Management’s “2017 When Work Works Award” provide insight into the practices of effective workplaces.

Snapshot: Millennials most satisfied with pay

06/06/2017
A recent survey found that 61% of employees consider compensation a “very important” contributor to job satisfaction.

Research: Gender wage gap established early in careers

06/02/2017
The wage gap between men and women is established early in workers’ careers and increases “considerably” in the first 20 years of their working lives, according to new research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Rule would let employers drop contraception

06/02/2017
The Department of Health and Human Services has drafted a proposed rule that would strip away the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring most employer-provided health insurance policies to cover contraceptive services. The rule would allow exemptions for any employer holding “religious beliefs or moral convictions” that oppose birth control.

Snapshot: What happens to vacation days not taken?

05/30/2017
Most employers have a policy that lets employees either roll over unused vacation or cash it out after a certain amount of time has passed.

Vacation on the rise, but millions of days left unused

05/30/2017
Americans took an average of 16.8 days of vacation in 2016, up from 16.2 days in 2015. Those extra five hours provide “reason to be cautiously optimistic,” says the enthusiastically pro-vacation advocacy group Project: Time Off.

July 2017: Employer’s business tax calendar

05/25/2017
Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

In the Payroll Mailbag …

05/25/2017
Gift cards from HR … Fixing three years’ worth of miscalculated benefits