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Top 10 Benefits Stories of 2011

Here are the top 10 Benefits Alert stories of 2011, as chosen by our readers:

10. Rewards, pay breakdown: What each generation wants

In exchange for their loyalty, employees expect something in return. The problem: Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials all expect something different. Here’s a guide to meeting everyone’s expectations. More …

9. FLSA nightmare: $88 OT mistake becomes federal case

Here’s a case that teaches us two things: 1) It pays to stay compliant with overtime regs, and 2) once an employee’s claim gets to court, astounding things can happen. And we don’t mean astounding in a good way. More …

8. Really? Workers vote out union, but NLRB says it can stay

The majority of a company’s employees voted against union representation, but the NLRB says they can’t kick the union out. Why? Because an angry manager made some not-so-smart comments. More …

7. 5 health reform provisions most employers want repealed

It’s no secret that many employers aren’t happy with the new healthcare overhaul – mainly because they don’t think it’ll lower costs. But some of the provisions they dislike most won’t add to their expenses. More …

6. 4 things employees want more than money

This should come as good news: Money isn’t at the top of employees’ wish lists. More …

5. Big reason workers want to quit (and what’ll retain them)

In a recent study, 38% of workers said they’re actively looking for a new job – and they didn’t list wages as a reason why. More …

4. IRS issues new 2012 limits on transportation benefits

Heads up: Employers have a new set of limits to go by when helping workers with the cost of their daily commutes. One change should make employees happy. Another, not so much. More …

3. Could court case shut down your wellness program?

The outcome of a pending court case could seriously handicap many companies’ wellness programs. More …

(Note: A follow-up to this story can be found here.)

2. IRS sets 2012 benefits limits

The Internal Revenue Service’s cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for defined contribution and pension plans have been released. The IRS also made a few other changes employees will need to know about. More …

And the No. 1 story of 2011 …

Unique employee benefit: 12 years paid vacation

“Let’s see. You haven’t shown up at work for 12 years, but you’ve been paid all
this time. You’re claiming ‘wrongful termination’ — and think you’re entitled to unemployment?” More …

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