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Compensation & Benefits

DOL opinions on FMLA leave, volunteerism

03/21/2019
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new opinion letters addressing FMLA leave and compensation for employees who spend time volunteering.

New OT rule: Bonuses may reduce liability

03/21/2019
Employers that pay nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments, including commissions, on at least a yearly basis will be able to take a credit of up to 10% of the new minimum salary.

Does working a gig job rule out unemployment benefits?

03/15/2019
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of an unemployed worker who was denied unemployment compensation insurance benefits because he became an Uber driver after he was laid off.

Support grows for mandatory paid leave plans

03/14/2019
Ten states and the District of Columbia already require employers to offer paid sick leave to employees. Several more states are considering similar legislation.

Cost of an easily learned lesson: $7.4 million

03/14/2019
One of the most avoidable lawsuits in many years has finally settled, leaving an important lesson for employers: If you plan to break the law, do not announce your intentions in front of a roomful of employees who will be harmed by your decision.

Federal courts add another twist in the road to pay equity

03/13/2019
The U.S. Supreme Court just rejected an equal pay lawsuit for a most unusual reason. Even so, employers can learn valuable lessons from the case.

Minneapolis employer stiffed H-1B holder, now must pay

03/13/2019
An administrative law judge in Minneapolis has ordered TLC Precision Wafer Technology to pay an engineer his full salary in back wages after it failed to pay him the amount listed on his H-1B visa.

Another reason to track absenteeism: It can rule out unemployment benefits

03/13/2019
If you want to terminate for attendance problems, make sure you consider only unexcused absences when making your decision.

Supreme Court hands win to injured workers

03/13/2019
The Minnesota Supreme Court has overturned a 30-year-old decision that prevented injured workers from receiving workers’ compensation benefits and also suing their employers for discrimination.

Get out the vote: Create a voting leave policy

03/12/2019
You can encourage voter turnout by implementing a voting leave policy. A voting leave policy shows you take the right to vote seriously.