HR Benefits

Benefits are a form of compensation paid by employers to employees over and above the amount of pay specified as a base salary or hourly rate of pay. Benefits are a portion of a total compensation package for employees. Employee benefits are designed to provide security to you and your family, and to improve your quality of life. This is FindLaw's collection of HR Benefits articles, part of the Human Resources section of the Corporate Counsel Center. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

HR Benefits Articles
    • DHS Issues Rebranded Form I-9

      FindLaw's guide to the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) with tips for employers on how to properly complete and process the form.

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    • Implementation of HIPAA's Privacy Rules

      The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") Privacy Rules took effect on April 14, 2003. Businesses are seeking legal help with various parts of the Privacy Rules. Learn more about the implementation process of HIPAA's privacy rules.

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    • California's New "Family Sick Leave" Law

      Beginning January 1, 2000, every employer in California that provides paid sick leave to employees normally will be required to permit employees to use up to one-half of their annual sick leave accrual to care for ill family members. Learn more about California's new "family sick leave" law by reading this article.

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    • Cafeteria Plans Grow in Popularity

      Since their introduction in the early 1980's, cafeteria plans (also called "flexible benefits plans" or "Section 125 plans") have become a popular method for employers to provide health and other benefits in a way that results in employee choice. Learn more about the growing popularity of cafeteria plans.

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    • Are You Entitled To A Medical Leave Of Absence?

      The California Family Rights Act ("CFRA") and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") provide eligible employees with leave for up to three months, and the same or comparable job upon returning to work. Learn more about medical leave of absences in this article.

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    • What Goes Into an Employment Contract and Why

      Most people work without a written employment contract because they don't need one - there is no point in drafting a contract when the deal is the usual exchange of services for a bi-weekly salary plus standard benefits. When the arrangement varies, that's when an employment contract may be necessary. Learn more now in this article.

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    • ACA ALE Requirements: 5 Things Corporate Counsel Should Know

      The Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as Obamacare, overhauled the U.S. healthcare system and made significant changes to the responsibilities employers have regarding their employees' access to health care. These regulations include specific reporting requirements.

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    • Final Rule Issued Requires Parity for Mental Health Care Benefits
      On November 8, 2013, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury jointly issued a final rule to increase parity between mental health and substance use disorder benefits and medical and surgical benefits in group and ...

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    • Do For Profit Corporations Have Religious Rights?
      Do for profit corporations have religious rights? The answer to this question depends on what jurisdiction you are in. But perhaps not for long, as two petitions are currently pending at the U.S. Supreme Court, with responses due on October 21 ...

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    • DOL Issues Guidance on Same-Sex Marriages and Employee Benefit Plans
      On September 18, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor, which was decided on June 26, 2013. In Windsor, the Court struck down provisions of the Defense of ...

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