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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In response to moves to limit smoking in the early 1990’s, the legislature amended the state labor code to forbid employers from discriminating against employees who smoke. Specifically, it’s illegal for employers to discriminate against “the lawful use of lawful products during nonworking hours” ...

Every manager faces employees who exhibit below-standard performance. These aren’t terrible employees who should be shown the door, but they’re not achieving the quality or quantity of work they’re capable of. Unless the performance issue is addressed directly, it’ll only get worse. Too many managers try to deal with such employees by sending subtle signals. […]

A trio of new salary surveys from top consulting firms—Mercer, Hewitt and WorldatWork—predict that U.S. employers will dole out annual pay raises of about 3.8% in 2008, about the same level as this year ...

Various on-screen task-tracking tools can keep your to-do list front and center on your computer. In addition to your e-mail program’s task tool, check out these web applications ...

Besides complying with the federal FMLA, North Carolina employers must abide by the state’s leave laws on school visitation and jury duty. Employees who are parents or guardians may take up to four hours per year of unpaid leave to attend or participate in their children’s school activities. And it’s illegal for employers to punish employees who are summoned for jury duty or as witnesses in court ...

How? “Tubes” is a free download that allows you to drag and drop files into a virtual tube to deliver documents instantly. It creates secure peer-to-peer connections (or “tubes”) between your machine and another one ...

North Carolina’s minimum wage is $6.15 per hour, compared to the current federal minimum wage of $5.85 per hour. However, barring action by the state legislature, the federal minimum wage will overtake North Carolina’s minimum wage next year ...

The North Carolina Wage Payment and Collection Act seems like it should be rather simple, but it’s perhaps the most complicated employment law in the state. Full of traps for the unwary, the law can spell big trouble for even innocent mistakes. The law covers all North Carolina private employers, even those with only one employee, and requires employers to pay their employees monthly ...

Punctuality is an important workplace policy that employers regularly enforce. Your company may overlook an employee showing up late a minute or two, as long as it doesn't become a habit. But for some employees, lateness is a habit. If that perpetually-late employee has a disability, is it fair to hold him/her to the rule the same as employees without disabilities? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) says it might not be fair. Your company should not assume it is safe from ADA liability because it treats employees with disabilities the same as other employees.

A federal jury has awarded a Tyson Foods supervisor $1 million, illustrating again that preventing racial discrimination is much cheaper than trying to litigate your way out of a preventable lawsuit. Take this opportunity to remind managers that what they say does matter.