Human Resources

From employment law to compensation and benefits, FMLA and hiring and firing and more, Business Management Daily provides comprehensive Human Resources updates.

Discover how your colleagues – and competitors – are dealing with discrimination and harassment, employment law, benefits programs, and more.

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Since the EEOC declared that “the ability to interact with others” is an essential life function, some employees and their attorneys have argued that a long list of psychiatric and psychological disorders are covered ADA disabilities. If the diagnostic criteria for a condition includes difficulty getting along with others, then being diagnosed with the condition is proof enough of disability, goes the argument. Now a federal appeals court has essentially agreed with that position, at least when it comes to one diagnosis.

Some employers provide rental housing so employees can live near their work sites. If you do, be aware that employee injuries that happen near that housing can open a legal can of worms that will leave you wishing you only had to deal with a workers’ compensation claim.

Employees fired for violating workplace rules can still sue over some alleged form of discrimination, even if they were indeed guilty of breaking company rules. Be ready to counter such allegations by always documenting exactly why you determined the employee should lose his job.
The U.S. Department of Labor has extended for two weeks the comment period for its proposed rule governing the obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors not to discriminate on the basis of sex in their employment practices.
The Supreme Court ruled on March 25 that a pregnant UPS employee who was denied a light-duty position is entitled to a new trial. The Court’s framework for pregnancy discrimination cases allows employees who show that an employer policy that creates a “significant burden” for pregnant employees violates the Preg­­nancy Dis­­crimi­­na­­tion Act.
Sure, it’s theoretically possible for a man to suffer sexual harassment. But it would have to be pretty blatant to get very far in court, right?

As this case shows, running new background checks on your current staff is not, by itself, a discriminatory act. Just make sure you set clear standards on how you will react to the results.

Employees who post details about your organization on social media make it vulnerable to criminals. You can mitigate the risk by following these tips.
Delaware is attempting to collect almost $1.4 million from a Tennessee company that failed to properly direct a single unclaimed paycheck worth all of $147 into the state coffers.
The Department of Labor (DOL) has been in the news lately, with a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court and word that it will soon—finally—release new proposed overtime regulation for white-collar employees.
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