Compensation & Benefits

HR Outsource Provider TriNet Hit by $1 Million Fine For OT Violations

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By Eric B. Meyer The U.S. Department of Labor announced this week that “a human resources outsource provider will pay $1 million in back overtime wages and damages combined to hundreds of employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that found widespread Fair Labor Standards Act violations.” So what did a human resources outsource…

Pennsylvania Is Legalizing Medical Marijuana: What Employers Need to Know

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By Eric B. Meyer Pennsylvania is about to become the second Commonwealth in the United States to legalize medical marijuana. (23 states — la di da, states — plus the District of Columbia currently allow it) Does this mean that employees with migraines can puff vape pens and eat Cheetos in your break rooms at…

Workplace Wellness: Is It Your Competitive Advantage for the Best Talent?

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The search for top talent is heating up, with 38 percent of employers having difficulty filling jobs, according to a 2015 survey by Manpower Group.To attract top talent, hiring professionals need more than just a well-drafted job description. Showcasing a top-notch workplace wellness program may be just the competitive advantage you need to…

California Employers Push Back Over Health Care Arbitration Agreements

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By Chad Terune, Kaiser Health News Sutter Health, long accused of abusing its market power in California, is squaring off against major U.S. employers in a closely watched legal fight over health care competition and high prices. The latest fight has erupted over Sutter’s demand that employers sign an arbitration agreement to resolve…

What San Francisco’s Paid Parental Leave Law Will Mean For Employers

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By Jason Geller and Richard Meneghello San Francisco just became the first city in the country to pass legislation requiring many employers to provide workers with paid parental leave, entitled the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance. Starting in 2017, many businesses in San Francisco will be required to provide up to six (6) weeks of…

New and Bizarre Perks: Are They That New, and Do They Really Matter?

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Despite all the usual excited publicity about any non-traditional offering flaunted by some innovative employer, the same typical meat-and-potatoes elements of the total reward package remain most attractive to job seekers. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Seems like every idea proclaimed to be the best thing since sliced…

Survey: Workers Would Rather Have More Wages, Less Health Insurance

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By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News More wages, less health insurance. In a recent survey, one in five people with employer-based coverage said they would opt for fewer health benefits if they could get a bump in their wages. That’s double the percentage who said they would make that choice in 2012. “I do…

Wage Theft Prevention and Recovery Act Should Be Wake-Up Call for Employers

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By Eric B. Meyer The proposed U.S. Department of Labor overtime rules are a walk in the park compared to this new “wage theft prevention” bill That’s because, earlier this month,  Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, and Rep. Rosa…

IRS Warns HR and Payroll Departments of New Phishing Scam to Beware Of

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By Heather Steele Another new phishing scheme has tricked numerous employers into disclosing highly sensitive, employee information. In the wake of tax season, spoofing emails were sent to payroll and human resource personnel at various companies. The emails, appearing to be requests from upper level company officials, including in some instances the companies’…