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The HR Specialist: Employment Law

If you offer severance packages, don’t assume workers want only money. With rising health care costs, they are choosing less severance pay and more outplacement benefits, such as continued health coverage. …

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Web site now includes a list of 13,000 companies with the highest injury and illness rates. The goal: Shame companies …

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While many companies train managers to identify the warning signs of violent behavior, only 24 percent offer such training to all employees, according to a recent …

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If your company offers a cafeteria benefits plan, examine new rules that the IRS and Treasury Department issued last month. The set of final regulations (T.D. 8878) and proposed regulations …

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There are six million illegal immigrants in the United States and tough federal sanctions against businesses that hire them. But your business can benefit from federal immigration law by taking advantage …

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Michael McCormick was working on an electrical circuit when it exploded and seriously injured him. His employer got burned, too.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company because …

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At-home workers are entitled to workers’ comp – even if they’re injured during activities only marginally related to their job. A sales rep for an auto supply company was seriously injured after he slipped while spreading salt on his …

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Royal Packing Co. required its agricultural employees to travel to and from the fields each day on company-provided buses. Employees met each morning …

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Overtime: One and one-half times an employee’s regular rate of pay for hours worked over 40 in a work week. Each element of this deceptively simple definition carries a lot …

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Truck driving instructor Bud Barela tried to help his students “do the math” to figure out how they could earn pay and time off the company promised. But the numbers …

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