This year, many areas are experiencing a rise in minimum wage—some for the first time in many years. In other locations, there are raise pressures beyond legal requirements, as employers are finding they’re simply not receiving as many applicants as they did in the past for roles that are on the lower end of the […]
A new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) pushes a $15-an-hour minimum wage for certain federal contractors deeper into the pipeline.
Employers of tipped workers need to start exploring how their pay and timekeeping policies may need to change once a new rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is finalized.
The Colorado Supreme Court has cleared up a longstanding unresolved question about when employers need to pay out accrued but unused vacation time. The June 14 decision also appears to invalidate use-it-or-lose-it vacation policies in the state.
Although the Paycheck Fairness Act has passed the U.S. House, its fate in the Senate is doubtful. But employers are being advised to examine their pay practices anyway. The Act passed the House on a 217-210 vote on April 15, with one Republican joining the Democratic majority in voting for the bill. The purpose of […]
With 44 million Americans owing an estimated $1.7 trillion in student debt, policymakers in Washington, D.C., have been focusing on how to help people pay down their balances—and the good news is, they are making it easier for employers to make a difference.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) announcement of plans to rescind final rules related to independent contractors and joint employers should put employers on notice that a less employer-friendly day is coming, attorneys who advise employers say. In announcing the effort on March 11, the DOL said the action is needed because the rules weaken […]
DEI is an acronym you’ve probably seen a lot lately. It stands for diversity, equity, and inclusion. While these concepts aren’t new, they’ve taken on renewed focus for employers that want to proactively ensure everyone feels welcome and safe and is treated fairly in their workplace. This country has a long history of marginalizing entire […]
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 […]
Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) are important tools for the more than 70 million people who currently use these accounts to pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses or save for healthcare needs in retirement, all while reducing taxable income.