Elliot Dinkin

Elliot Dinkin is President and CEO at Cowden Associates, Inc., specializing in helping corporate clients find the best solutions, both for the enterprise and its employees, with regard to compensation, health care benefits, retirement and pension issues, and Taft-Hartley fund consulting. Elliot provides leadership to position the company at the forefront of the industry. He earned his MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in Economics (Cum Laude) from Dickinson College.

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, current events are reminiscent of the financial challenges of 2008. Those challenges imparted some important lessons for employers. Elliot Dinkin considers what employers did in 2008 that worked well and how they can apply takeaways to improve outcomes now. Back in 2008, most companies took a piecemeal approach in attempting to save on cash outflow versus an overall...

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Now that the coronavirus is considered a pandemic, employers face a multitude of concerns when it comes to COVID-19, including compensation issues. Cowden Associates’ Elliot Dinkin addresses several of the key questions employers are asking during this crisis. The coronavirus crisis has had a significant impact on daily life and created a climate for businesses who now face challenging decisions while taking...

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Legislative initiatives and a generational shift are changing the dynamics of the American workplace. Cowden Associates’ Elliot Dinkin urges employers to be aware of these developments and the inherent risks. Companies of all types and sizes are using contingent workers at a greater scale than ever before. Beyond the traditional outside contractor, who might perform a discrete set of specific tasks, the...

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Looking ahead to 2020, Elliot Dinkin discusses trends in total compensation, potential offerings organizations can offer and what those offerings would require of compliance pros. As employers plan for the workforce of the future, it is essential to consider alternate approaches for creating and implementing total compensation packages; this typically includes compensation, benefits, retirement, perquisites and ancillary and time-off benefits. Now that...

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The “ABC test” on the gig economy (e.g., Uber and Lyft drivers) is trending in the media. Elliot Dinkin reveals that AB5 will affect almost all companies who rely on independent contractors in California — and other states are expected to soon follow California’s lead. On September 18, 2019, the California governor signed into law a bill that will expand last year’s...

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AI can be hugely helpful in an HR context, but there are challenges employers should be aware of. Cowden Associates’ President Elliot Dinkin explores how companies can use AI in human resources and what potential problems could arise. As more employers are exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in human resources activities such as hiring, retirement planning and benefits enrollment, employers...

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Cowden Associates CEO Elliot Dinkin discusses the liability health care organizations assume when enlisting the services of a “business associate” and shares a couple of cautionary tales that make clear why third-party due diligence is so critical. Businesses with access to patient health data risk Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations that can lead to steep federal and state penalties....

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State-level opposition to a proposed Department of Labor overtime ruling leaves employers uncertain and concerned about compliance and increased labor costs. Cowden Associates’ Elliot Dinkin discusses what employers should do to prepare. The long-awaited updates to the U.S. Department of Labor Fair Labor Standard Act white-collar exemption will be published in the next few months. We expect the updates to include salary-level...

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