12

Jun

2018

A Brief Primer on Social Security Benefits

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Given that 10,000 Baby boomers retire every day, employees may be coming to HR for help determining when to retire and what benefits will be available to them.  They will likely inquire about how Social Security benefits are determined. 

29

May

2018

DOL Wage and Hour Publishes Opinion Letters Giving Direction on Three FLSA Issues

Author: Michael Burns

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published three opinion letters earlier this month providing employers guidance on how to treat travel time, break time, and whether lump-sum payments can be garnished and to what extent.

29

May

2018

Has the New Tax Law Impacted Workers and Businesses?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In December, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was grudgingly signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017.  Upon passage a number of companies such as AT&T, Apple, Southwest Airlines, and Fifth Third Bank announced bonuses to be paid to employees ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.  Fifth Third Bank also increased its minimum wage to $15 per hour, while Wal-Mart hiked its minimum wage to $11 per hour.

29

May

2018

If You Guessed 3%, You’re Right – 2018 Compensation Survey Results

Author: Sara Pebbles

Last week at the 8th annual Compensation & Benefits Conference, ASE released the long-awaited results of ASE’s 2018 Compensation Survey.  Those in attendance were able to get a first look at the results and historical trends.     

22

May

2018

2018 College Graduates are Entering the Market – Know Your Data

Author: Heather Nezich

Employers say they are planning to hire more recent college graduates this year than they have in more than a decade, according to new CareerBuilder research. 80% percent of employers say they plan to hire college graduates this year, up from 74% last year and 58% in 2008. Those who are not hiring college grads say it's because their organization isn't expanding headcount this year (57%) or they need more experienced workers (26%).  How does this compare with ASE’s 2018 Starting...

8

May

2018

How to Select the Right Benchmark Survey for Your Organization

Author: Jason Rowe

There are thousands of benchmark surveys available to both employers and their employees that can be utilized when making compensation and benefit decisions. As an employer, choosing the right survey(s) may not always be easy or straightforward. So how do you know which survey is right for you?

1

May

2018

Must I Accommodate Overtime When Overtime is a Requirement for the Job?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

At times overtime is required in order to meet customer demand.  An HR issue can arise when an employee presents a doctor’s note stating that the employee can only work eight hours per day and no overtime.  Since ADA or FMLA may apply, how does the employer respond to this situation?

17

Apr

2018

HSA Enrollment is Growing…or Is It?

Author: Kevin Marrs

As of January 2017, 52 health insurance providers reported 21.8 million HSA/HDHP enrollees, up from 20.2 million in 2016.  This is according to a recently released survey from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) who also reported a 9.2% increase in enrollment in HSA/HDHP from 2016 to 2017 in an analysis of a constant sample of 45 health plans.

17

Apr

2018

When is Travel Time Work Time Under FLSA?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Calculating time worked for non-exempt employees who travel for their job is a challenge for many employers.  On April 12, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division issued an opinion letter that tackles this question.

 

10

Apr

2018

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Auto Dealership Service Advisors Are Exempt

Author: Michael Burns

On Monday, April 2, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a 5-4 decision ruling that an auto dealership’s service advisors that greeted and advised customers on their auto service needs were covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) special exemption addressing auto dealership personnel. This decision overturned a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 2016 that these service providers were not covered by the FLSA’s exemption and were eligible for overtime. At a...

10

Apr

2018

Is The Gender Pay Gap Real?

Author: Heather Nezich

Yesterday, April 10, was Equal Pay Day, which means that women had to work all of 2017 and until April 10, 2018 to equate to what men made in just 2017.  On average, women in the U.S. are paid 20% less than men according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. This research prompted Lean In, a nonprofit founded by Sheryl Sandberg to empower all women to achieve their ambitions, to start a new hashtag, #20percentcounts.

10

Apr

2018

Salary Speaks Louder Than Gender

Author: Keisha Ward

We’ve discussed impending changes in the way salaries are approached in today’s market.  It is understood that many states are banning and have banned the practice of using salary history as a factor during salary negotiations. On Monday, a federal appeals court ruled that salary history cannot be considered as a factor to justify wage inequalities between men and women.  To put it plainly, employers can no longer justify paying a man more than a woman based on what she...

3

Apr

2018

Significant Health Care Cost Savings Seen by Managing Dependent Eligibility

Author: Michael Burns

A survey of articles on the effectiveness of dependent eligibility audits show employers, on average, find between 4-8% of current participants ineligible for their healthcare plan coverage. In some cases, ineligible dependents constituted for 15% of the dependents receiving health care benefits. The average cost per ineligible dependent to the employer is between $3,500 and $4,500 per year.

20

Mar

2018

Fluctuating Workweeks and Proper Compensation

Author: Michael Burns

When an employee’s workweek fluctuates above and below 40 hours, employers need to understand what they can and cannot do when it comes to payment of wages and overtime. Wage and Hour regulations address employee work hours that fluctuate above 40 hours in a week. When weekly work hours exceed 40, overtime pay at time and one-half is due. However, in a fluctuating work week situation the overtime rate can fluctuate along with the regular rate.

13

Mar

2018

DOL PAID Program Announced – A Way Out for Non-Compliant Employers?

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the rollout of a “new” pilot program called the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program. This program offers employers a process to self-report wage and hour violations with the DOL to clear them up without being exposed to as many potential damages and monetary penalties.

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