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Court: Outsourced Employees Count for COBRA Purposes

A U.S. Appeals Court recently ruled that the outsourced employees of a staffing company did count for purposes of determining whether the company met the small employer exception of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). Therefore, the court found the company was subject to the law, and imposed penalties due to the company's failure [...]

A Fresh Look at Incentive Compensation

Bonuses: They're not just for senior executives anymore. Many companies now offer performance-based incentives to rank-and-file personnel, too. But serious problems can occur when these incentives are too strong, poorly designed or insufficiently monitored. For example, in a widely reported recent case, a large national bank set aggressive sales goals that came with financial rewards. [...]

Avoid the Traps of Unequal Pay

On average, women are paid less than men, but the difference may be smaller than you think. You may have heard widely quoted statistics which can be misleading, such as the belief that women earn 76 cents for every dollar that men make. While men do make more, the gap narrows when you adjust for [...]

The Rules Surrounding National Origin Discrimination

When it comes to employment discrimination based on national origin, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) plays a key role in enforcing the related civil rights laws. This type of discrimination, says the EEOC, "involves treating people — applicants or employees — unfavorably because they're from a particular country or part of the world, because [...]