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.

Q. An employee already took his 12 weeks of FMLA leave, but his doctors say he needs three to six weeks more. I want to terminate him because he isn’t ready to return. What’s the best way to go about it?—B.H., Florida

While it’s never a good idea for someone with supervisory authority to engage in a sexual relationship with a subordinate, such an affair doesn’t always trigger employer liability ...

It’s not just about “English-only” rules anymore. Now employers have to worry if they discriminate among the different languages they allow employees to speak at work ...

Q. We are an accounting firm. At the end of a grueling tax season, we celebrate with a company party. We’ve stopped supplying alcohol due to liability concerns. But could we allow employees to BYOB? We’d never let employees leave drunk, but could we be sued if they cause an accident?—J.J., Missouri

The ink on the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest employment-law decision was barely dry before the court voted to hear yet another important employment-discrimination case—this one concerning age discrimination.

Two new resources on federal compliance and a legislative attempt to address last week’s Supreme Court decision on pay discrimination head this week’s news from Washington.

The last thing you want is for a manager to make offensive comments about an employee's age (or other protected characteristic). This is the type of "smoking gun" evidence that leads employers to settle claims rather than face a jury trial. Fortunately, most managers have enough sense to refrain from making such comments. If you're lucky, any misguided statements by managers will be considered so-called "stray remarks" that are not sufficient to support a discrimination claim. However, remarks don't always fall neatly into either the stray or not-stray category. Comments that may seem like stray remarks to a manager may be seen as evidence of bias in court. A recent age discrimination claim was sent to trial after an appeals court knocked down the employer's "stray remark" argument.

If you want to stay updated on good HR blogs (such as “Case in Point” at http://blog.theHRSpecialist.com), sign up with Squeet (www.squeet.com), a free service that delivers blogs to your e-mail inbox ...

Many teenagers operate hazardous equipment at work and fail to receive appropriate safety training, according to a new study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health ...

Poorly managed e-mail can slow you down, hurt your productivity and damage your work reputation. A few simple tricks can help you regain command over your out-of-control inbox ...