Tag: income

Unemployment Near Record Lows: Who Can You Hire?

With unemployment hovering near record lows, employers are finding it tough to fill some positions. They’re starting to change tactics, often looking at previously ignored groups of jobseekers or changing how they attract applicants altogether. Let’s take a look.


The Changing Executive Benefits Landscape: An In-Depth Look

The executive benefits and perquisites landscape may make you recall lessons from high school geology. Movement is often slow, but can result in dramatic shifts. As the competitive landscape adjusts to economic and societal forces, so do the ways companies seek to attract and retain their key executives. To find out whether (or how) benefits […]


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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Update: Social Security Wage Base Limit Raised to $128,400

The maximum wage base for Social Security tax will be $128,400 in 2018, up from $127,200 in 2017, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) announced. (Note: The original 2018 wage base announced on October 13 was $128,700; this amount was revised by the SSA in late November.)


401(k) 101: A Benefit for Employers and Employees Alike

In this article, we’ll look at some of the key benefits 401(k)s provide to both employees and employers, as well as some important practical considerations. Many thanks to Arris Murphy, J.D., Contributing Editor to BLR’s The 401(k) Handbook, from which the material for this piece originated.

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Employee or Independent Contractor? Right to Control Is Key

A continuing point of contention in employment law revolves around who is an employee versus who is an independent contractor. The issue seems to come up often in wage and hour cases and workers’ compensation or unemployment claims.