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 Social Security Administration every year sends thousands of “no-match” letters to employers asking for help matching Social Security numbers with employee names. In recent years, however, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has sought to transform the no-match letter system into a mechanism for enforcing laws against illegal immigration ...

Q. I run a bike messenger service in downtown Newark. Recently I discharged one of my messengers who was rendered a paraplegic in a freak accident. We did not participate in the interactive ADA accommodations process, but I think all parties would concede there is no reasonable accommodation that would allow her to ride a bike again. We are aware of liability for failure to provide a reasonable accommodation, but is there a separate cause of action in New Jersey for failing to engage in the interactive process? ...

Q. As the law requires, my company provides FMLA leave to employees, provided they submit medical certification forms completed by their health care providers, within 15 days. A late submission is grounds for discharge under the company’s employee absence policy. Health care providers being what they are, we frequently receive forms after the deadline. I have a problem employee out on FMLA leave again, who has not submitted a medical certification form within the 15-day deadline. What options are available to me as the employer? Will the employee be protected by the FMLA if I choose to discharge her for not providing the certification form in a timely manner? ...

Q. Today, I received notice of a discrimination claim from a former employee I fired 200 days ago. I thought my company was in the clear because employment discrimination complaints had to be filed within 180 days. I was surprised to hear from my HR department that the limitation period for filing the complaints can extend to 300 days. Is this true? And under what circumstances does the 300-day deadline apply? ...

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Q. I just received an IRS deficiency notice about “other income” in 2005. Looking back, the firm should have listed this amount on the 1099 as “nonemployee compensation,” which is how I reported it on my return. Do I have a problem?

The IRS has announced it’s stepping up audit efforts with a renewed emphasis on examining returns of small business entities. Watch out for these five danger signs that could lead to IRS inquiries.

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