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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.

On June 20, Pennsylvania became the latest state to set stiff penalties for any business found guilty of mishandling sensitive employee information. That makes 45 states and the District of Columbia that have passed similar identity-protection laws over the past four years.
A key employee jumps ship to work for your competitor. Over the next several months, you lose some of your best customers to the competition. Unless your former employee signed a nonsolicitation agreement, there’s little you can do.
Most C corporations benefit from a graduated federal income tax rate structure. But personal service corporations (PSCs) aren’t afforded that luxury. Their income is taxed at the highest corporate federal rate of 35 percent.

On June 22, 2006, it got a whole lot easier for employees to win monetary damages from their employers for retaliation. Reason: A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled that adverse actions needn't involve an economic loss or an "ultimate employment decision" to constitute illegal retaliation.  An adverse action need only "interfere with an employee's efforts" to ensure that he/she is not discriminated against in the workplace.

Q: I recently invested in several bond funds. These funds pay out dividends before the end of the year. Are the dividends tax-free?
I recently invested in several bond funds. These funds pay out dividends before the end of the year. Are the dividends tax-free? C.W., Portland, Ore.
As a small business owner, you generally can deduct 100 percent of your family’s medical insurance costs even if you’re self-employed. But you can do better tax wise by taking an unusual approach.
Taxes may be the last thing on your mind when you’re bogged down in a messy legal battle. But errors in the way you draft a settlement agreement could mean thousands of dollars going to Uncle Sam instead of into your pocket.
If your managers completely control hiring and firing, and you’d like to explore a less hierarchical system, consider adding peer reviews. Take the U.S. Army’s Ranger school, as described by Kelly Perdew, one of only about a third of candidates who earn a Ranger tab on their first 67-day battle with the wilderness.
The way basketball player Nancy Lieberman tells it, her first visit to a tennis “workout” for Martina Navratilova went something like this: Hit a few balls, talk to a few people, hit a few lobs, go home. Lieberman could see that the tennis star lacked mental toughness and self-discipline. But with the right approach, Lieberman thought, Navratilova could become the greatest player ever.