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Compensation & Benefits

Always check the calendar on workers’ comp claims.

08/01/2000
Seventy-two hours can make a world of difference on a claim. Philip Swartzendruber ended up at the emergency room after working a shift at a grocery store. His artificial hip socket …

Leave nothing unsaid or undone when settling a lawsuit

08/01/2000
William Gilbert III agreed to settle his age discrimination case against Monsanto Co. by accepting a lump sum payment and immediate access to his pension. Because the company’s attorney said …

Maternity leave from long ago can affect benefits now

08/01/2000
Check your retirement plan to see if it gave proper service credit to women who took maternity leave before the Pregnancy Discrimination Act …

Don’t miss SIMPLE deadline

08/01/2000
If you have 100 or fewer employees, you can set up an uncomplicated retirement plan called a SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees). But there are a couple of key …

Employers sue over tapping unemployment fund for family leave

08/01/2000
This month a U.S. Labor Department regulation is set to take effect allowing states to use unemployment insurance to pay employees who take leave for birth or adoption. But it faces …

Plan for legal consequences of flextime, job sharing

08/01/2000
It’s no secret that offering flextime and job-sharing arrangements can help your company retain valued employees and develop a more committed work …

Men Eligible for ‘Maternity Leave’

08/01/2000

Q. My company offers 10 weeks paid maternity leave. Recently, a male employee asked whether he could take maternity leave. I said no, only women are eligible to take such leave. Was I right? —K.R., Maryland

Workers’ comp benefits restrict some FMLA options

07/01/2000

Q. Can the time spent on workers’ comp leave be counted against family and medical leave? —D.H., Arizona

Limits on payroll deductions

07/01/2000

Q. An employee has not returned our calls or come to work at our hotel for over a week. She has a set of office keys and owes money for laundry. Can I hold her check until she returns the keys or pays for her laundry? Alternatively, can I deduct the cost of replacing the keys and laundry from her last paycheck? —I.C., Maryland

Recover training costs

07/01/2000

Q. Can we require an employee to sign an agreement to reimburse the company for half the expenses related to training, if the employee resigns within six months? —S.D., Northern Marianas