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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: A new Supreme Court ruling ratchets up your vulnerability to federal age-discrimination lawsuits.
Risk: Employees no longer need to show a "smoking gun." Even policies that inadvertently discriminate can ...
IRS regulations paved the way for a major new retirement plan opportunity. Beginning next January, participants in employer 401(k) plans will be allowed to funnel all or part of their 401(k) ...
Before taking employment action against impaired employees, evaluate their abilities thoroughly. Your goal: Determine if they would qualify as "disabled" under the ADA, and therefore, earn accommodations. Compare the employee's abilities ...
Issue: Can you place conditions on employment that aren't related to the person's ability to perform the job?
Risk: Courts may see such restrictions as illegal "employment blackmail."
Action: ...
Don't allow discrimination to continue simply because the "discriminator" and "discriminatee" are among the same racial minority. The EEOC is warning that it's seeing more discrimination complaints between people of the ...
The best way to prevent employees from rallying support for a union in the workplace is to write and enforce a specific no-solicitation policy. To make sure it passes legal muster, ...
Issue: Your organization has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for employees and customers.
Risk: Weak security efforts may lead to a "negligent security" lawsuit, an increasing problem for ...
Don't think that you can automatically swat away a pesky sexual-harassment suit by saying the complaining employee didn't follow your complaint procedure to a "T." Courts may let employees pursue their ...

If you're like most small business owners, your spouse does odds and ends around the office and pitches in when you need help. This is particularly true in the summer months when other employees take vacation leave.

If you're planning to hire your spouse, he or she (and your company) still must pay federal employment taxes on the wages. But don't let that scare you away from putting your spouse on the payroll. By shifting salary from your pocket to your spouse's pocket, you can successfully pay less in employment taxes than if you earned all the income yourself.