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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In most cases, requiring private-sector employees to take polygraph tests will create more harm than good. That's because the Employee Polygraph Protection Act makes it illegal to "require, request, suggest or cause an employee or prospective employee to take or submit to any lie-detector test," except in limited circumstances ...

Don't assume that just because you hire people as independent contractors, you can't be liable for wrongful termination if you don't renew their contracts. As a new court ruling shows, if an employee blows the whistle about some potentially illegal activity at your workplace, you could trigger a retaliation lawsuit by failing to renew his or her contract ...

There once was a time when considering an employee's request for disability leave was fairly straightforward. But no more. With passage of the ADA and FMLA, employers must now navigate a virtual maze of federal laws and regulations. And when an employee's disability stems from a work-related accident, workers' compensation issues must be taken into account ...

Some ailments obviously rise to the level of "disability" under the ADA. Others are more marginal. To help you make that decision, try to look at life from that employee's point of view. It's a common trial tactic used by plaintiffs' lawyers to help sway juries in ADA cases ...

What happens if an employee tries to return to work after FMLA leave but isn't quite recovered? In that case, you can turn the employee away if he or she can't perform the job's essential functions. That scenario often plays out when the returning employee's job involves operating machinery or driving and the person must take medication ...

Following 9/11, the EEOC paid particular attention to employment-discrimination backlash against employees who appeared to be Muslims or of Middle Eastern or South Asian ancestry. But now that effort appears to be broadening. Until recently, the EEOC didn't view job discrimination against Asian-Americans as a widespread problem. But a new survey changed all that ...

 

IBM faces the possibility of multimillion-dollar legal damages if a court grants class-action status to a pending FLSA lawsuit ...

Several important economic indicators released last month suggest that wage growth and a tighter labor market are just around the corner ...

A new Labor Department opinion letter says that you don't need to pay nonexempt employees for time spent working on volunteer civic events, such as building Habitat for Humanity houses, even if your organization encourages such activities and links them to the organization's incentive-pay plan ...

State legislatures in about 20 states are actively considering legislation that would provide new legal protections to health care employees who refuse to provide care that conflicts with their personal beliefs ...