Human Resources

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Q. We are reviewing two employees for a promotion, one is 55 and the other is 45. We are concerned that if we select the younger employee, we will be charged with age discrimination. Are we safer selecting the older employee, assuming both candidates are qualified for the job? ...

Q. I have been told the company cannot require an employee to sign a valid release of a potential FMLA claim. We recently have gone through a downsizing. We have a severance policy that provides a nice benefit, but to qualify, the employee must sign a general release promising not to sue the company over any employment-related matter. The release includes any claim under the FMLA. Is that OK? ...

A Detroit planning department employee has sued the city, claiming a co-worker’s perfume made it impossible for her to work. The co-worker, who transferred into the department a year ago, wore strong perfume and used a room deodorizer ...

In the third known case of employees abusing University of Michigan credit cards, a former maintenance supervisor at the university has admitted stealing $160,000. He faces a hearing to determine restitution ...

Business travel and pay

by on August 10, 2007 12:00am
in Human Resources

Q. We have asked one of our hourly (nonexempt) employees to attend a trade show in Las Vegas. He will be flying on Sunday and attending the trade show on Monday and Tuesday, and then returning Tuesday night on the “red eye.” Do we pay the employee for the hours he is traveling? What if he doesn’t come to work until 1 pm on Wednesday after flying all night? ...

The decks are stacked against employees who claim retaliation when there is no direct evidence of discrimination—if employers keep complete written records of their disciplinary actions. Those cases often hinge on allegations the employer trumped up disciplinary charges to cover up retaliation. That can be difficult for an employee to prove if there is a solid paper trail documenting the employee’s infractions and the resulting discipline ...

Some employers offer more than the 12 weeks’ unpaid leave annually that the FMLA grants to eligible employees who need to care for themselves or close family members who have a serious health condition. But that doesn’t mean they have to keep doing so. It’s OK to change your leave policy to the legal minimum and then start disciplining employees who exceed the FMLA allotment ...

It's the third inevitability behind death and taxes — health insurance premiums will rise every year. That notwithstanding, employees still consider employer-provided health benefits to be of paramount importance. The results of a recent survey conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute showed that employees prefer employer-provided health benefits, even to salary. When asked, 75% of those employees said they would need at least an additional $6,700 in salary before they would think about giving up their health benefits.

When it comes to sexual harassment, employers need a clear policy and a process that allows employees to come forward with claims. That's really the only way an organization can protect itself. But what if an employee who thinks he’s being harassed ignores your policy and acts alone to contact the alleged harasser anonymously? If this “self-help” seems to threaten the alleged harasser, you can punish the employee without worrying about liability ...

If your business is seasonal, you may rely on an independent contractor to provide extra workers during crunch times. Whether it’s harvesting a crop, having the office cleaned or counting inventory, you must take steps to ensure your contractor pays his or her employees minimum wage and overtime ...