Human Resources

From employment law to compensation and benefits, FMLA and hiring and firing and more, Business Management Daily provides comprehensive Human Resources updates.

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Q. An employee left work on a Monday due to an illness. She called in sick Tuesday and Wednesday, but we heard nothing on Thursday or Friday. Our policy calls for termination if the employee doesn't contact us within three days. We posted her job on Friday and decided to terminate her. On Monday, her fiancé called to tell us she was pregnant and had complications that led to a hospital visit. We got a note from her OB-GYN saying she'd been seen, but not indicating when she could return. What should we do to avoid any legal fall out? —K.A., New York

DuPont engineer Godwin Igwe filed a discrimination lawsuit, claiming the company denied him bonuses and promotions because of his national origin. But DuPont successfully defended the suit because its records showed that Igwe said he understood and accepted his demotion because of funding cuts in his department ...

Court rulings periodically alter your responsibilities in offering COBRA continuing health coverage. Keeping abreast of those changes helps you stay in compliance and out of court ...

If your organization's Web site or intranet posts information on employee benefits, you could unintentionally open yourself to a lawsuit. How? The posted information could lead employees to rely on it ...

As the work force ages, your employees have a growing need for the same kind of safeguards that they're putting in their homes ...

Fred C. Church Insurance in Lowell, Mass., offers child care assistance for its young parents and retirement-planning advice for older employers. But it lacked benefits for workers with teenage children ... Solution: The 130-employee company added a benefit that gives employees access to counselors who specialize in the college-application process ...

Don't assume that medical employees with advanced training and licenses meet the FLSA's "learned profession" exemption, which allows employers to pay lawyers and doctors by the hour and still not pay them ...

Looking to offer employees a feel-good perk that doesn't cost you anything? Set up a program that lets employees buy home personal computers through payroll deduction ...

In a move that is spurring big competition among pharmacies, Wal-Mart is quickly expanding its low-cost prescription program, which began in Florida in October, to an additional 27 states. The retailing giant will offer $4 prescriptions for 30-day supplies of about 300 common generic drugs, whether the customer carries insurance or not ...

As your baby boomer employees watch their parents enter their 80s and 90s, more of them are taking time off to care for those aging parents. The problem: More than 60 percent of employers believe they've granted FMLA time off that was unfounded, according to a Society for Human Resource Management survey. That spells unwarranted absenteeism, which can disrupt work flow ...