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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The Georgia Department of Labor recently issued rules on compliance with the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act of 2006, which requires all public employers and employers with state contracts to electronically verify workers’ employment eligibility ...

Once an employer knows an employee will need FMLA leave, it cannot use that knowledge to the employee’s disadvantage. That’s true even if it’s only possible that the employee may need leave. It raises serious suspicions about your motives if you fire an employee shortly after he delivers notice he may need FMLA leave—and practically guarantees a lawsuit ...

Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe working environment, and that includes taking reasonable measures to ensure that violence stays outside the workplace gate. Your employee handbook should include “no violence” and “no threats” clauses, explaining that verified violence or threats mean immediate dismissal ...

You can use stable employment history as a legitimate selection criterion in hiring—if you do it right. The key is to allow employees to explain interruptions in their employment histories, ignoring those that could lead to a discrimination lawsuit ...

When conducting internal investigations into alleged wrongdoings, make sure you don’t treat employees who belong to a protected class (e.g., age, sex, race or disability) differently than others who may have misbehaved. As the following case shows, discharging one person based on an emotional reaction during an interview and keeping another who kept his cool under questioning may lead to a discrimination lawsuit ...

A lawsuit is the last thing you want after making a promotion decision. The best way to stay out of court is to insist on objective promotion criteria ...

Some managers, especially those with extensive military training, may rely on techniques straight out of boot camp. Under the right circumstances, they can be very effective trainers, who get results and create an effective team. But loud, intimidating and in-your-face behavior comes with a huge risk ...

The EEOC has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Folks, the metro Atlanta and North Georgia restaurant chain, for allegedly refusing to employ a woman because of her religious attire ...

Over the course of a 16-year career, Ronnie McNorton found himself on the receiving end of many disciplinary actions by his employer, the Georgia Department of Transportation. But McNorton hung on and won several promotions. In 2002, that advancement stalled, ironically because McNorton helped another state employee get her career off the ground. If only he could have kept his stories straight ...

When things get heated in the workplace, call a timeout. You need time to investigate what’s going on, and employees may need time to cool down. Paid administrative leave is often the best way to do that. Continue to pay the employee (and provide benefits) so he won’t be able to point to the suspension as an adverse employment action ...

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