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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Some professions require applicants to prove a certain level of physical fitness. When employers demand passing a physical test as a qualification to be hired, they need to make sure that protected classes such as women don’t fail at rates that indicate the test has a disparate impact on otherwise qualified applicants.
Q. I am looking to hire new employees. Some applicants who did not qualify for the open positions are now threatening to sue, claiming that my pre-employment tests are discriminatory. What should I know about pre-employment tests?
On July 1, 2015, medical cannabis became lawfully available under Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Law (MML). The MML’s employment protections are more extensive than those offered in any other state legalizing medical marijuana use. Legal compliance will be challenging, making it important for employers to know what constitutes protected use and to understand the MML’s effect on testing programs and substance abuse rules.
If you take prompt, remedial action and then monitor the situation for possible continued harassment or retaliation, chances are that a one-time incident won’t mean losing a sexual harassment lawsuit. Of course, you still have to investigate every allegation, even if your first impression is that there wasn’t behavior serious enough to constitute sexual harassment.
If you don’t know an employee has engaged in so-called protected activity, you can’t be liable for retaliation. A recent case demonstrates this.
Child care costs continue to be a heavy lift for America’s working families, according to ChildCare Aware of America’s latest Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report.
Here's your monthly quiz on HR trends and issues.
Q. We have an employee who regularly comes into work a half-hour or more before her scheduled shift in order to get her work station ready and otherwise get herself set up for the day. This preparation time is important to the employee because she does not believe that she can meet the production requirements of her job without it. The employee has been told that she cannot start performing her actual job tasks until the start of her scheduled shift. Our new HR manager has advised that we must pay the employee for the time that she spends preparing for her shift, even though she had no approval to work during that time. Is that right?
As employees blend the realms of work and private life thanks to technology, and come to feel more empowered to express their beliefs both in and out of the office thanks to more laws encouraging and protecting the individual, your employee handbook is under assault. There exists a preemptive strategy to protect the company, though.
The Department of Labor estimates the move will make at least five million more workers eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week.
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