The HR Specialist: Employment Law

In 1991, Perdue Farms Inc. changed the status of the chicken catchers at its poultry plants from employees to independent contractors, which made them ineligible …

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Officials at the Huntsman Corp. allegedly told James Scott Wesson that he “would always have a job” there. But Wesson’s employment contract made no mention of lifetime employment. When the company …

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Seven federal appeals courts have now ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t keep you from offering a different level of benefits …

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If you’ve tripped over the confusing rules surrounding the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the federal government is giving you a chance to right your wrongs …

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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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