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.

As a manager, you are responsible for maintaining a safe work site for employees and visitors who enter the area. If you drop the ball, you can incur not only injuries but legal liability.

More HR professionals are turning to search engines and social networking sites to dig beyond a candidate's résumé. But the benefit of uncovering such red flags can carry some big legal risks. Here's how to Google for candidates in the most legally safe way ...

Employees' typical home-to-work commutes are not compensable time, and that doesn't change just because employees meet up at a designated place and take a car pool or van pool to work ...

Most organizations have comprehensive Internet, e-mail and electronic communications policies that spell out what's acceptable usage and what's not. But few employers have addressed a growing problem: the proliferation of employee Web logs, or "blogs" ...

As the year-end approaches, take an inventory of employees who haven't taken their vacations yet, and suggest they book a getaway. Vacation skipping has become an epidemic ...

Make it a point to train supervisors on how to manage employees' leaves that could be covered under the FMLA. Otherwise, don't expect to plead ignorance if they make a mistake. A court could zap you with double damages under the FMLA's liquidated-damages rule ...

White Paper published by The HR Specialist, copyright 2007 ______________________ It’s a smart legal move to require employees to sign a waiver releasing your organization from liability for providing truthful employment references. The following is a sample Employment Reference Release form that was adapted from several state bar associations’ employment law groups. You can use [...]

Set up a company dependent care assistance plan. If you meet certain requirements, the IRS treats the first $5,000 in assistance paid to an employee as a tax-free fringe benefit.

Q. We do yearly performance evaluations, during which we review whether employees have met the expectations we laid out during the previous review. If these expectations were not met, can we legally decrease the employee's salary as punishment? —A.L., Iowa

White Paper published by The HR Specialist ______________________ Not many years ago, pregnant women were subject to poor treatment from employers and company insurance plans as well. But the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), enacted in 1978, prohibits discrimination on the basis of “pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions.” The PDA required most employers to make [...]