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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Courts generally bend over backward to make sure employees get their day in court. Employers can’t count on courts to toss out vague complaints. That’s why it pays to take every EEOC complaint seriously. As soon as you get wind of a complaint, contact your attorneys right away ...
Ordinarily, employers should be leery of considering subjective factors when making employment decisions. Objective measures such as surpassing sales quotas, meeting quantitative goals and finishing assigned projects are the best measures for gauging employees. But sometimes you have to make tough decisions ...
A group of women are suing Tampa, Fla.-based Outback Steakhouse, claiming they were steered into “female” jobs such as hostess and cocktail waitress and away from kitchen work. Because kitchen experience is a key requirement for promotion at the company, the women say they were shut out of management positions ...
Sunflower Market has agreed to pay $125,310 in back wages to workers in four states for unpaid overtime. The U.S. Labor Department also levied $10,670 in fines against the grocery chain for violations of the child labor laws ...
On Feb. 11, 2008, the U.S. Labor Department published proposed regulations interpreting the FMLA of 1993. The department also published new draft forms for use in processing FMLA leave requests. Interested parties have until April 11, 2008, to submit comments on the proposed regulations ...

It's human nature to want to offer words of advice to an employee who is suffering a personal hardship.  Think twice before you do.  It can be difficult for most employees to separate you from your role as an HR manager, so your "friendly advice" can be perceived as an employer directive.  This doesn't mean you can never give personal advice in your professional capacity.  It does, however, require listening to your head before speaking from your heart.

Q. How should an employer deal with an employee who refuses to work around a co-worker or customer who is HIV-positive? ...
The Texas Supreme Court recently decided that employers that have workers’ compensation insurance and are sued for gross negligence could also insure for any damages a court may award for that negligence. If you don’t know whether your employers’ liability policy covers additional damages, now is a good time to check the policy ...
The U.S. Labor Department recently announced that McLane Co. Inc., a Temple wholesale distributor of food and grocery products, has paid $1.56 million to 570 current and former employees for wage and hour violations ...
A federal jury in Houston has awarded $105,000 to Maria Ruiz, a teenage dry cleaning employee, plus payments of $5,000 to other female employees. The EEOC filed the suit in July 2007, alleging that Nazar Ali, the owner and manager of a dry cleaning company, sexually harassed the female employees he supervised ...
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