Human Resources

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

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Q. Our employment application asks whether the candidate has been convicted of a felony. Is it legal for us to ask this? If so, can we ask what the applicant has been convicted of and can that information be used as a basis for not hiring an individual? —C.H., Arizona

Make sure your supervisors (and you) know how to respond when an employee requests leave for his or her own serious illness or a family member's illness. If you don't follow the FMLA's rules on how and when to request written proof about the illness or injury, you lose your right to challenge the employee's leave request ...

Gov. Rendell signed legislation last month that increases Pennsylvania's minimum wage by $2 per hour phased in over the next two years, but smaller businesses will have more time before having to pay the higher rates ...

Make sure you're complying with the state's new minimum wage, which increased $1 per hour on Oct. 1 to $7.15 per hour. (For full-time college students, you may pay as little as 85 percent of the minimum wage.) ...

While Title VII makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age or disability, no federal law explicitly says that you can't fire someone just because the person is gay ...

Your organization's investment in its mobile work force—from flight costs to technology to relocation fees—can far exceed the cost of an employee's benefits package. Still, many employers manage mobile workers in a fragmented and inconsistent way, which hurts efficiency and expenses ...

About 8 in 10 employers plan to host an employee holiday party this year, about the same as last year, says an annual Challenger, Gray & Christmas survey of HR pros. The change? They’re spending more ...

After years of delay and missed deadlines, the U.S. Labor Department appears ready to move ahead with its promised update to FMLA regulations. But before it breaks out the red pen, the agency is seeking input from employers and other interested parties ...

Employers can cut an employee’s compensation at any time for any nondiscriminatory reason, as long as the person isn’t covered by a union contract or other agreement ...

Q. One of our employees had been out sick for two months. We’ve received a doctor’s note that just says he’s unable to work and that a return date is undetermined. We faxed and mailed FMLA paperwork, but it hasn’t been returned. Meanwhile, the employee is receiving disability benefits through our short-term disability plan. How do we calculate the start of FMLA leave? From the date the disability payment began? And if we never get the FMLA paperwork back, can we terminate him? T.B., Tennessee