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December 31, 2013
Most popular compensation and benefits articles of 2013

The following are the most popular articles over the last year. Topics include overtime pay, 401(k) programs, and wage and hour investigations.

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Here’s the list:

Calculating overtime pay for a 'salaried' employee—Are employees on a fixed salary always exempt form overtime pay? The answer is no—this article explains why as well as how to calculate overtime for a salaried employee when it’s applicable.

The future of 401(k) matching programs: What changes lie ahead?—In an effort to cut costs during recessionary times in 2008 and 2009, many employers eliminated the employer match in the 401(k) programs they offered to their employees. Since then, most have reinstated their match, said Karl W. Kunkle, JD, CPA, and he expects the employer match to remain for the foreseeable future.

Wage and hour investigations: Always be prepared for a knock at the door—BLR Legal Editor Susan E. Prince, JD, offers 10 great strategies to prevent or handle a wage and hour investigation.

Compensation expert outlines 2013 employer trends—What’s changing in employer compensation strategies in 2013? Diana D. Neelman of Compensation Resources, Inc. recently provided an overview of recent trends every employer should be aware of.

Five arrested for $130,000 workers’ comp fraud—The owner of a temporary staffing agency in Tampa, Florida, was arrested for allegedly running an organized workers’ compensation fraud scheme along with four associates.

Bonus: Here are a few of the top articles from BLR's Compensation Daily Advisor.

Can You Forbid Discussions of Salary and Pay?"—Much as most employers would like to impose a ban on discussion of pay (not to suggest that there are embarrassing inequities in your pay structure), it’s not legal because the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) says it interferes with Section 7 rights."

BLR’s 2013–2014 Pay Budget Survey Data: How Do You Compare?—Don't miss out on BLR's 2013-2014 Pay Budget Survey results. The survey covers merit increases, rate range adjustments, and more.

10 Great Apps for HR Productivity—Holly Jones, JD, BLR Legal Editor, has identified 10 apps that can help boost your HR productivity. As an added bonus, many of these apps are free!

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