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.

Want a Union Card with Your Latte? Labor Activity Starts Percolating at Starbucks

For some people, loyalty to a particular coffee brand rivals their devotion to a favorite college football team. Kathleen, my spouse, would crawl three miles over broken glass for her Starbucks Americano decaf. I favor QuikTrip and McDonald’s coffee. Within the last three months, employees at several Starbucks locations voted to unionize. Seem like isolated […]

That’s a Wrap on HR Employee Benefits Week 2022!

As HR Employee Benefits Week comes to a close, we want to look back at all the offering and events that transpired throughout this exciting event! Monday Feature Article | All Aboard: You Can’t Change Healthcare Unless Your Members Opt In Why do half the people who need healthcare opt out, choosing not to utilize their healthcare benefits? […]

Is Pressure to Party Putting the Women on Your Team at Risk?

Drinking alcohol has become deeply ingrained in our culture. For women, it’s been especially glamorized through shows like Sex & the City where sophisticated socialites go out drinking cosmopolitans and the Real Housewives series where ladies get together to dish and drink their daily “mommy wine.” Alcohol has become the catalyst that women connect over—it’s […]

You’re Getting a Raise! DOL Again Looks to Hike FLSA Salary Threshold

In September 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) expanded the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime coverage to more than one million workers. In response, employers everywhere readied themselves for a potentially seismic shift. Calls to legal counsel, workforce audits, and wage adjustments ensued to make sure workers were properly classified. Soon, it may […]

Ask the Expert: Voluntary Benefits During Unpaid Leave

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 recommended management and payment of voluntary benefits for employees while they are out on unpaid leave. Q: How should employers handle voluntary benefits when employees are […]

All Aboard: You Can’t Change Healthcare Unless Your Members Opt In

Why do half the people who need healthcare opt out, choosing not to utilize their healthcare benefits? It’s the foundational question that, despite recent expansions of employee benefits offerings and the litany of digital health point solutions, continues to frustrate benefits managers and their employers. My career experience with both healthcare provider systems and healthcare […]

Finding the Right Incentives to Stimulate Action

Whether or not someone takes a particular course of action often boils down to a competition between different incentives. When a criminal considers robbing a bank, he or she must weigh the negative incentive of going to prison or getting shot in the attempt against the positive incentive of potentially coming away with a lot […]

United Airlines Pilot’s Sick Leave Claim Ruled Infirm

Employees summoned to military service receive certain job protections under a federal law known as the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). The law requires employers to provide employees on military leave any seniority-based benefit they would have accrued but for the service. A recent case from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of […]

Ask the Expert: Paying Exempt Employees Overtime

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 additional non-exempt compensation for an employee who recently moved into an exempt position. Q: We have a non-exempt employee who recently accepted an exempt position with our […]

Let’s Talk About Grief: Bereavement Policies in Evolving Workplace

Grief and bereavement leave are complex issues for many employers. Your policy may provide only three to five days of leave, while the fallout from the death of a loved one can rarely be encapsulated in such a relatively short time frame. In addition, even before the death occurred, you may have been dealing with […]