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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Q. We have a nonunion shop. It is not uncommon for our employees to insist that they have the right to have a witness present during investigatory interviews and disciplinary action meetings. I have heard conflicting answers to whether employees in a nonunion facility have the right to have a witness present during investigatory and disciplinary interviews. Can you clear up the confusion for me? ...

When illness strikes a family member, worry and stress can hurt job performance. Xerox helps employees manage complex diagnoses with a patient advocacy program ...

The Calvert Group encourages people to invest the minute they’re born. The mutual fund company gives employees who become moms and dads a $1,000 baby bonus to invest in a Calvert account. “It certainly makes sense given what we do as a company,” says Kathy Torrence, VP of corporate social responsibility ...

Nothing will send a discrimination case to trial faster than obvious unequal treatment of employees. That’s why it is important to have someone in HR do a complete review before the company discharges someone for poor performance or rule violations ...

The United Steelworkers union filed a complaint against Meridian Automotive Systems Inc., claiming the company violated the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act when it permanently laid off workers at its Jackson, OH, plant in August of 2007 ...

“Medical crisis.” “New staph strain raises red flags.” “Superbug taking great toll.” These headlines, and more like them, shook up the country during the fall—and prompted HR pros to take precautions in their workplaces ...

GPS to track employees

by on December 7, 2007 12:00am
in Human Resources

Q. I would like to install GPS tracking devices in company-owned vehicles to track my employees’ whereabouts and determine whether they are making effective use of company time. I would prefer not to notify my employees that I will be installing these devices. Would I subject my company to any liability for violating our employees’ right to privacy if I take this step? ...

For the purpose of determining FMLA eligibility, all time spent working for an organization counts toward the minimum one year of service the law requires. That’s true even if there was a gap in employment ...

Don’t want to disclose more information about your executives’ compensation and benefits packages? Scale them back. That’s what more organizations are doing since the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in late 2006 required public companies to start reporting perks valued at $10,000 ...

Negative-option 401(k) plans automatically enroll employees and make deductions from their pay; employees must opt out to receive their full pay. The IRS gave them the thumbs up several years ago, and the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) created a new safe harbor from non-discrimination testing for negative-option plans that meet certain standards. The IRS has now proposed regulations addressing negative-option plans. The proposed regs dovetail with final regulations issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) covering qualified default investment alternatives. The regs are proposed to become effective for plan years beginning January 1, 2008, but you may rely on them until final regs are issued.

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