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.

FSA

New Law Allows Employers to Make Temporary Changes to FSAs

On December 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Economic Aid to Hard Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act into law. It makes temporary changes to rules governing health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and allows employers that sponsor the plans to provide employees with more time to use the benefits. Here […]

401(k)

401(k) Funds Are Being Diverted for Medical Expenses

The short-term financial impact of COVID-19 has been swift and damaging to many Americans. While we can’t yet calculate the long-term impact, early indications present a serious financial strain on future retirees’ retirement. We know that COVID-19 has increased the retirement gap, and new data from Kiplinger show the extent of this impact: 60% of […]

Pros and Cons of Vaccine Incentives

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more available, employers are thinking of ways to ensure their employees are vaccinated. This can be useful not only to keep all employees safe but also to give the public a sense of safety when frequenting the facility.

FLSA

Bonus Coverage: Discretionary vs. Nondiscretionary

Many companies annually prepare business goals and establish incentives for employees if the goals are met. One common incentive is the quarterly or annual bonus. While the reward process seems straightforward, it can come with unexpected obligations and complicated calculations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Let’s take a closer look at exactly which […]

4 Ways to Help Employees Reduce Fear of Healthcare Costs

The rising cost of health care in the United States has been an issue for decades. Add on the health and economic challenges that came with the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, and employers and their employees are struggling more than ever to manage their healthcare costs.

When Your Health Plan Serves Up More Financial Exposure Than Your Employees Can Handle

Considering that the vast majority of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and 40% struggle to cover a $400 emergency expense, it’s no wonder why so many employees consider themselves functionally uninsured despite being covered by their employer’s health plan. The standard employer-sponsored health plan comes with nearly an $8,000 out-of-pocket expense. And, when an employer’s price […]

FLSA

Staffing Firms Gain Extra FLSA Overtime Protection

Temporary staffing firms may qualify as “retail or service establishments” and therefore may be able to apply the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) “retail sales” overtime exemption to some of their employees, according to a recent opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

wage

Employers Likely to Seek Exceptions in $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Employers are getting a look at a bill that would set a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage by 2025. The bill, which is in line with President Joe Biden’s call for an increase in the federal minimum, which has stood at $7.25 since 2009, is likely to spur calls for relief from certain employers, according to […]

wage

Biden’s Call for $15 Federal Worker Minimum Wage Seen as Signal of Things to Come

One of President Joe Biden’s latest executive orders calls for the federal government to begin planning how to move toward instituting a $15-an-hour minimum wage for federal employees and private-sector workers that work on federal contracts. Such a move is in line with recent calls from the labor movement for a nationwide federal $15 minimum […]

H1B

DOL Reverts to Lower Wage Requirements After Courts Block H-1B Rule Changes

Courts again recently thwarted the Trump administration’s efforts to change the H-1B rules and increase the wages U.S. employers are required to pay to foreign workers. Twice in December 2020, a federal court order in California and a preliminary injunction in New Jersey stalled abrupt rule changes that would have dramatically altered the H-1B program […]