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. We have an employee returning from FMLA leave. His physician issued a fitness-for-duty certificate, but we question the worker’s ability to perform his old job because the length of his absence was too short for him to recover completely. Further, the fitness-for-duty certificate simply states that he is “able” to work, without addressing his specific job duties. Can we send him to another physician for a second fitness-for-duty examination? —A.L.

You can legally keep employees on FMLA leave longer than they requested so long as you provide them pay and benefits during that period.

Sometimes, all the candidates for a promotion are equally qualified, making the selection difficult. It becomes a legally prickly issue when one or more of the candidates is in a protected category (race, age, gender, etc.). But you don’t have to resort to drawing straws ...

Effective Jan. 1, all newly issued health insurance policies in New York must cover autism spectrum disorders. Gov. George Pataki signed the measure ordering the changes last September ...

A former math teacher at Canisius High School in Buffalo recently filed suit against the school, alleging she was wrongly denied tenure despite her excellent reviews ...

To support sex discrimination lawsuits, employees must do more than claim their supervisor had a “sexist attitude.” Without more proof of job-related impact, complaints about supervisors with attitude aren’t enough direct evidence ...

The state’s insurance commissioner, Kevin McCarty, got his wish, approving an average 15.7 percent cut in workers’ compensation rates. That means a savings of more than $400 million for Florida employers ...

Q. I recently discharged an employee for performance problems. At the end of the termination meeting, he asked for a copy of his personnel file. Do I have to give discharged employees a copy of their personnel files? —B.N.

In Georgia, employers that promise to pay a bonus, commission or other extra compensation to employees had better be prepared to follow through. Even though those promises aren’t in writing, employees may be likely to hold you to any supervisor’s spoken promises ...

If a Georgia employee becomes despondent after an on-the-job injury and kills himself, his employer may be liable for workers’ compensation benefits for his survivors ...