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

  • Temporary Work Visas Explained

    There are primarily three broad categories, or classifications, under which foreign-born persons can be legally present in the United States: They may be U.S. citizens through naturalization or birth abroad to U.S. parents, permanent residents (or ...

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  • Congress Raises H-1B Cap

    The American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act (referred to as "AC21")), signed into law on October 17, 2000 raised the H-1B cap for FY2000 through FY2003 to 195,000 visas per year. At the same time, the special "H-1B training fee ...

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  • INS Budget Authorizes Accelerated Processing Fee For Business Visas

    In late breaking news, the INS budget bill authorizes the INS to collect a "premium processing" fee of $1000 on certain employment-based petitions. While the final budget does not include information about which types of visas would qualify for ...

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  • Treaty-Trader and Treaty-Investor Visas (E-1/E-2)

    Treaties between United States and many countries allow foreign persons to come to the United States to conduct trade (import/export activities) or to manage investments. Unlike the Immigrant Investor visa there is no fixed dollar amount for the ...

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  • Social Security Administration Benefit-Cutoff for Disabled is Ruthless

    The Social Security Administration has devised a plan to divide and conquer. Within the past three years, the administration, in its campaign to reduce cost no matter at whose expense, has proposed, one at a time, a series of regulations to ...

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  • Tips for U.S. Visas: Temporary Workers

    The Immigration and Nationality Act provides several categories of nonimmigrant visas for a person who wishes to work temporarily in the United States. There are annual numerical limits on some classifications which are shown in parentheses ...

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  • Business Immigration Horizon: New H-1B Law Spells Relief- And Paperwork

    At the eleventh hour, Congress passed the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998, better known as the H-1B bill. The law increases the annual cap on H-1B visas for temporary skilled personnel from the 65,000 cap used in ...

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  • Pension and Health Care Coverage: Questions and Answers for Dislocated Workers

    Message from Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman With the passage in 1988 of two important pieces of legislation concerning dislocated workers, the Department of Labor took the lead to ensure that dislocated workers receive advance notice of plant ...

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  • Nonimmigrant Visas

    The popular H-1B visa is an employer-specific visa which allows U.S. companies to hire degreed foreign professionals. Employees holding H-1B visas may work in the U.S. for an initial period of three years, renewable for a maximum of six years ...

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  • New Immigration Law Affects Employers

    On September 30, 1996, President Clinton signed what was heralded as a tough, new immigration law. The law, much of which took effect on April 1, 1997, has received a great deal of attention in the press and other media for toughening "green card ...

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