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.

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 […]

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 […]