Category: Benefits and 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.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Gratitude

Business leaders are resorting to a variety of measures to offset the “Great Resignation” trend, including offering pay raises and more flexible work schedules and expanding employee health and wellness programs. Yet, CNBC reports almost half of employees are looking for a new job or plan to soon. So, what else can managers do to […]

Keeping Up with Shifting Employee Needs in Today’s Workplace

Looking back over the last 2-plus years, much has changed in the vast majority of workplaces across the globe. This doesn’t just stop at in-person versus virtual meetings but extends to a total shift in what employees are expecting from their employers, both current and prospective. The reality is that more of us are prioritizing […]

Earned Wage Access: A Responsible Solution to Boost Employee Health and Retention

Over the past few years our world has turned upside down, affecting all industries, and Human Resources is no exception. Health insurance, a 401K and a little extra time off are no longer sufficient benefits to attract and retain talent. As trends evolve and Gen Z continues to join the workforce, employees are demanding enhanced […]

Reimagining the World of Work: Flexibility Overtakes the 9 to 5

According to a recent PwC survey, nearly two-thirds of workers are on the hunt for a new job. As the “Great Resignation” continues to evolve, employers need to pull out all the stops to attract top talent and retain their employees, and this includes prioritizing new and sought-after benefits. When looking for a new job, […]

Ask the Expert: Does FMLA Cover Care for Adult Children?

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at HR Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber regarding the limitations and eligibility of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) coverage when providing care to adult children. Q: An employee’s adult son is having […]

Risk of Employees’ Losing Exempt Status Rises During Times of Short-Staffing

In times of short staffing, it’s important to remember exempt employees may lose their exempt status if they spend too much time performing nonexempt work. A recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota serves as a stark reminder that exempt employees may perform nonexempt work but only if their primary […]

What Is Making Employees Unhappy in 2022?

During the Great Resignation of 2021, more than 47 million Americans left their jobs. While some left for better pay and career advancement, according to a recent survey, a majority of people who quit their jobs left for one simple reason: They were unhappy.  Though there is no single cause of employee dissatisfaction, there are […]

Employee Fired for Excessive Absences After Making Need for FMLA Leave Known

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) prohibits an employer from interfering with an employee’s right to take medical leave. When pursuing such a claim, an employee need not allege the employer intended to deny the benefit, just that it was withheld. The employer’s motives are irrelevant when determining whether interference occurred. Of course, the […]

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Inflation Is on the Rise–What About Salaries?

Escalating inflation has employers and compensation managers puzzling over their compensation strategies. Cost of living, cost of labor, minimum wage, living wage, recruitment, retention, compression—they’re swirling around in our heads like uninvited confetti! The annual inflation rate for the United States was 8.5% for the 12 months ended March 2022, according to the U.S. Labor […]