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. In determining when to pay for travel time, what if an employee drives his own car to a seminar that's two hours away? Should he get paid for his driving time to and from the seminar, even if he leaves from home and drives straight home afterward? —R.M., North Carolina

Q. We have an employee who submitted a dated, signed resignation letter but then changed her mind and wanted the letter back. She was not a good employee, but we let her rescind the letter because we thought we'd be on shaky legal ground. Could we have held her to it? —M.L., Ohio

Q. We have mechanics who work on a straight commission basis. Do we need to track their hours? —E.D., Nevada

Q. We own a chain of restaurants. It has been a challenge for us to complete all of the I-9 forms and keep up with reverification of expired work authorizations. Is it legal for us to hire a company to handle these tasks for us? —A.M., Tennessee

It's enough to give employers a case of whiplash. First, Pennsylvania courts said corporate employers couldn't hire nonlawyers to help them at unemployment compensations hearings. Then the legislature reversed course, passing a law that OK'd nonlawyer representation. That should have been the end of the issue, but not yet ...

Premiums are still increasing for HMOs and PPOs, but those increases are slowing down, says a new survey by health care consultant Milliman ...

Q. I’m confused about when we can require physical exams or treatment. We now make employees undergo a fitness-for-duty exam when we think there is a physical or psychological reason that impairs the employee’s ability to perform the job. We also use last-chance agreements requiring medical treatment for an employee to earn reinstatement after a discharge, such as for alcohol or drug abuse. Are we courting trouble? —D.J., Michigan

Q. We're a 24/7 office. Some employees rotate shifts, but our night employees typically work the same shift. After one of our employees gave birth, she asked to be placed on the night shift. We granted her request, but now she says medical reasons require her to be off for five days in a row. We put her back into the regular shift rotation, but she claims her FMLA rights are being violated and wants all employees to rotate shifts, even the night employees. Do we have to do this? —M.L., Ohio

Q. What's the law on letting employees review all their personnel files? Can we prevent it? —J.S., Utah

Q. Is our company required to provide a couch or cot on the premises in the event that an employee becomes ill? Are there any laws that dictate safety or health reasons for doing this? —V.A., Ohio