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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.

Issue: Very precise wording is needed when employees waive their rights to sue for age discrimination.
Risk: Employers often treat age-bias waivers like any other waiver, a critical mistake that ...
Issue: The 2003 Medicare reform law adds a new paperwork burden for some employers.
Risk: Failing to provide "creditable coverage notices" by Nov. 15 could bring unwanted heat from the ...
To prove retaliation claims in court, employees must be able to show they suffered negative employment action in response to their lawsuit, such as termination, lowering of pay, denying a promotion ...
Issue: Severance packages usually ask departing employees to waive their rights to file various employment lawsuits.
Risk: If you include FMLA in that mix, you'll risk having the whole package ...
Issue: Many employers are baffled about how to pay nonexempt employees when they travel locally or on overnight trips.
Risk: Mistakes could spark anything from mild complaints to class-action lawsuits, ...

If you operate a business that's open to the public, you're legally required to make the premises accessible to disabled customers. That may include creating wheelchair ramps, wider aisles or reconfiguring your restrooms.

The push to audit S corporations (described above) is part of a larger IRS initiative to examine more returns, particularly of small business owners. Don't think you're immune just because you've been able to fly under the radar so far.

For busy businesspeople, cell phones, laptops, PDAs and other portable devices are essential. Usually, the company buys such devices and gives them to higher-ups and other employees who need them.

New proposed IRS regulations give the green light to using electronic means to send benefit plan information to employees and beneficiaries that is otherwise required in writing.

Many a leader has crashed on the rocks of mergers and acquisitions. That’s because the sirens’ call says that merging two corporate cultures is the “soft stuff.” The hard truth, notes Susan Bowick, who retired last year as an executive vice president at Hewlett- Packard (HP), is that “the soft stuff is the hardest stuff.”