As organizations continue to contend with the changing jobs landscape and falling unemployment, they’re luring and keeping good workers by directing pay raises to star performers and using promotions and nonmonetary benefits to keep in-demand workers engaged, recent research shows. …read more

From:: Flat Salary Increase Budgets Create Winners and Losers

      

The maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security payroll tax in 2018 will be $128,700, up by $1,500 from the $127,200 maximum for 2017, the Social Security Administration announced in October. By Jan. 1, employers should adjust their payroll systems to account for the higher taxable wage base and notify affected employees that more of their paychecks will be subject to payroll withholding. …read more

From:: 2018 Payroll Tax Cap Will Nudge Slightly Higher

      

From standing desks to five-minutes of meditation and taking team walks, nontraditional wellness benefits can help employees to manage their health. …read more

From:: Nontraditional Wellness Benefits Improved Firm’s Engagement and Retention

      

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2017. …read more

From:: Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2017

      

​This month we tackle some of the complicated issues that arise in the context of performance management in the United Kingdom. …read more

From:: UK FAQs: Performance Management

      

Prescription painkiller abuse is taking an enormous toll at work. It’s costing billions in missed workdays and productivity and also driving up health care and workers’ compensation costs. Yet the stigma of drug abuse prevents employees and employers alike from addressing the issue. Here’s how you can help. …read more

From:: Combatting the Prescription Drug Crisis

      

​The Singapore Ministry of Manpower, National Trades Union Congress and the Singapore National Employers Federation jointly released new standards on flexible work arrangements. …read more

From:: Singapore: New Standards on Flexible Work Arrangements Issued

      

An employer that never signed an arbitration agreement it presented to an employee could still enforce the agreement because the circumstances surrounding the worker’s hiring showed that both parties intended to arbitrate employment disputes, the California Court of Appeal ruled. …read more

From:: Arbitration Agreement Employer Never Signed Is Still Enforceable

      

An employee’s claim for civil penalties under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) alleging an employer’s failure to list required information on itemized wage statements can proceed to trial—even though the employer claimed it did not know it was violating the law, the California Court of Appeal ruled. …read more

From:: Wage Statement Violations Need Not Be Intentional to Recover PAGA Penalties

      

​The Las Vegas mass shooting has left HR and security professionals wondering what, if anything, they can do to help prevent an event like it from happening again. …read more

From:: HR, Safety Experts Identify Lessons from Las Vegas Tragedy