Category: Compensation

This topic provides guidance on how to handle compensation issues in a way that attracts and retains the best talent and advances the strategic goals of your business. You get news and tips on what’s going on nationally and in the states, and updates on changes in regulations, possible governmental action, and emerging compensation trends.

Can You Accept Volunteer Labor?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is seemingly straightforward on the matter of pay: employers must pay employees for all hours worked. But who is an employee? And can employers accept free work?

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Salary Transparency Can Motivate Your Employees

The debate over the value of salary transparency has heated up in recent years, with neither side giving much ground. But Kristin Wong describes some studies that weigh in favor of transparency on New York magazine’s Science of Us blog.

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With Employee Pay, Perceptions Often Trump Facts

When you think about compensation policy and practice, do you lean more toward “just the facts” or “how does that make you feel?” Compensation is, of course, based on facts and figures. But some new research has found that employee loyalty is driven much more by feelings than it is by facts.

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What Are the Benefits of Offering an ESOP?

Nearly all of us have at least heard of Employee Stock Ownership Plans—also known as ESOPs—but far fewer are sure exactly how they work and why organizations would want to offer them.

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How Can Your Company Save Money on Severance Pay?

Creating an effective pay program is challenging enough. It’s even more so with the emotion that comes into play when a company makes the decision to part ways with an employee. If your company is facing a reduction in force due to new technology, a merger, or another business reason, severed employees won’t be alone […]

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Going Against the Grain: Worker Fired After Unequal Pay Complaint

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota—recently reversed an Arkansas district court’s dismissal of a former employee’s retaliation claim against a grain company under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act (EPA), and the Arkansas Civil Rights Act.

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Which States Pay Best—and Worst—for the Most Dangerous Jobs?

New research reveals the highest and lowest-paying states for dangerous occupations, including logging workers, fishers, aircraft pilots, roofers and garbage collectors.  The analysis of mean salaries in all 50 states for jobs with the highest industry rates revealed that only 15 states pay above the national average of $56,795 for these dangerous jobs.

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