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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As a practical matter, the FMLA requires employers to carefully keep track of all hours each employee works. If the employer’s time records don’t include all time worked, it is up to the employer to prove to the court that the employee didn’t work enough hours to qualify for FMLA leave. With poor records, that may be hard to do ...

Employers have a right to expect a certain level of decorum in the workplace. Employees fired for using crude language or engaging in threatening behavior won’t likely be able to collect unemployment compensation, since their own misdeeds caused them to become unemployed ...

The setting for a termination meeting can be crucial in preventing an unexpected charge—false imprisonment. To avoid unfounded false imprisonment charges, make certain termination meetings are private, yet open. Allow the employee to sit by the door, with nothing blocking her exit ...

Three Cleveland-area businesses have filed a class-action suit against the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Linderme Tube Co., Timely Advertising Specialty Co. and Corky and Lenny’s restaurant have charged that the BWC’s group-rating system awards unrealistically high premium discounts to elite, group-rated employers ...

On January 28, President George W. Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which expands the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in two important ways, both of which are intended to assist service members' families.

When employers make employment decisions based on sex stereotypes about caregivers or favor employees who don’t have family responsibilities, affected employees can successfully sue for family responsibilities discrimination (FRD) ...

If someone sues you because she didn’t get hired or promoted, the hiring manager better be able to explain the selection criteria. Many can’t. That’s why it’s crucial for HR to oversee hiring and promotion processes and make absolutely certain you can document how the decision was made ...

Just about everyone with an ounce of ambition wants to be promoted. But in most organizations, there’s only so much room for managers and supervisors. Still, failure to win a promotion is one of the most frequent triggers for discrimination lawsuits. That’s why HR should carefully track every employee’s performance and progress ...

Have you tiptoed around an employee’s poor behavior because he belongs to a protected class? You don’t have to tolerate rudeness, threats or other disruptive acts. Just make sure you have clear rules in place and enforce them equally against everyone who breaks them. And remember: You have an obligation to provide a workplace free of violence ...

The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) protects employees who report illegal activity. Punishing someone for exercising CEPA rights is also illegal—and supervisors who participate in that punishment may be personally liable for the violation. Simply put, their personal assets are at stake. If HR is complicit, so are yours ...

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