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 National Labor Relations Board has concluded that employers are free to forbid employee use of their systems for “nonjob-related solicitations.” The long-awaited decision says that an employer has the right to restrict use of its e-mail system based on its property interest in the computer equipment ...

Due to a legislative quirk, the Fair Labor Standards Act doesn’t cover many employees who deliver goods via the nation’s highways. Instead, the drivers are excluded under the FLSA’s motor carrier safety exemption. But it’s not so simple ...

The California State Assembly has approved omnibus health care reform legislation by a 46–31 vote. The measure, AB 1x1, would require all California residents to purchase health coverage by July 2010, compel individual health insurers to accept all applicants regardless of pre-existing medical conditions and impose a “play or pay” mandate on employers to provide health care coverage to their workers or pay into a state-run purchasing pool to subsidize coverage for low-income earners ...

The most recent UCLA Anderson Forecast lowered its California job-growth estimates from the already weak numbers that it forecast last year, but included a silver lining in an otherwise cloudy report by predicting that the state would avoid recession ...

Q. An employee has a chronic condition that’s been medically certified. What information can we request to verify that his absences relate to his medical condition? — D.J., Florida ...

Q. We have a collegial atmosphere in our small factory. But several of our production line workers who don’t speak Spanish are complaining that bilingual employees chat among themselves in Spanish, leaving the others out of the loop. Everyone speaks English when talking about work, so it’s not a safety issue. Still, the non-Spanish speakers resent the Spanish chatter and wonder if they’re being talked about. What can we do? — L.C, Illinois ...

The National Labor Relations Board dealt a big defeat to unions recently by ruling that employers can ban their employees from using company e-mail for union-related business ...

Lockheed Martin agreed last month to pay $2.5 million to settle a race discrimination suit brought by a black employee who was subjected to racist graffiti and oral harassment, including use of the “n” word and threats of lynching. The settlement is the largest award ever obtained by the EEOC for a single person in a race-bias case ...

When an employee needs time off due to a mental or physical impairment, he or she potentially could have rights under both the ADA and the FMLA. You must first determine whether one or both laws cover the employee. From there, you’ll know which rights the employee has. And any decision you make must take these rights into account ... 

Q. An employee takes intermittent leave to care for his parent. Do situations like helping his mother move to a new location qualify as FMLA leave? — B.D., Nevada ...

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