Human Resources News & Insights

Pay & Benefits

For decades, U.S. employers have offered competitive salaries and employee benefits in order
to attract top performers – and keep them. In the post-recession economy, the world of salaries
and benefits has shifted, and the changes have raised serious new challenges in maintaining
compensation levels and top-level retirement and health benefits.

DOL appeals ruling to kill new OT rule: Why is this big news for HR?

The Department of Labor (DOL) isn’t going to let a Texas judge simply toss out the Obama-era changes to the FLSA’s overtime rules. The agency has officially appealed the court’s decision, and its reason for the move suggests the DOL has some major plans regarding overtime reg in the near future.

IRS increases FSA limits, other benefits for 2018

The IRS just released the 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) for a variety of tax-related limits, like the popular flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Here’s what employers need to know about the new COLA limits: 

Former DOL admin: 4 risky pay practices the feds have a field day with

With the DOL’s overtime changes under construction, some employers are putting pay-process reviews on the back burner, but that could be a very costly mistake. 

Critical compliance changes for next year: An open enrollment checklist

As HR pros immerse themselves in negotiating plan changes for this year’s open enrollment, it’s critical to keep these new 2018 regulation changes front and center. 

Friendly court reminder: Policies can’t stop workers from talking about pay

By now, most savvy companies know they can’t bar employees from discussing such things as salaries and working conditions. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some companies out there that try to do it anyway. 

Spotlight on equal pay: What your peers are doing to prevent a Google situation

Employers are well aware pay discrepancies between genders could come back to haunt them. As a result, many are taking proactive steps to make sure they prevent or address any problems before it’s too late. 

A dangerous pay error that’s catching many companies off-guard

  Any time the DOL accuses your company of breaking federal pay laws, it’s a major headache.

Traditional cost control isn’t enough: 5 ways your peers are tackling health care now

While traditional strategies and plan design tweaks are still in play, employers everywhere are realizing they need to do more to fight the increasing costs of company sponsored health insurance.

Stage set for landmark equal pay lawsuit: What’s at stake in Google’s HR nightmare?

After the PR nightmare it suffered following a male staffer’s memo on “gender stereotypes,” Google is now facing an even bigger headache — a pay-discrimination claim that could become a class-action suit with thousands of class members.

Court officially kills Obama-era OT rule, but changes are coming

While the Obama-era changes to the DOL overtime rule had been on life support for some time, a recent court ruling officially euthanized the controversial changes. That means HR pros can officially scrub the $47,476 salary threshold from their collective memories.