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.

Q. Can we set a dress code policy that bars visible tattoos and multiple piercing on our receptionist but not other workers who have less public contact? —D.O., Maryland

Q. We have an apparent conflict between our union agreement and our responsibility to maintain a harassment-free workplace. The agreement says we must give the shop steward 48 hours' notice before dismissing a regular employee. But we have proof positive that two employees have been harassing—and continue to harass—African-American and gay employees. The two harassers have just caused us to lose a good employee who couldn't take it any longer. What trumps what? —J.V., Louisiana

Gov. Perry announced $3 million in grants to five programs aimed at building a skilled work force to meet the needs of Texas' growing biotech and life science industry. The grants are the first awarded under the Meeting Industries' Critical Workforce Needs grant program ...

What can you say in the space of two hours to constitute a “severe and pervasive” hostile work environment that would be enough to justify a lawsuit? ...

Twelve nurses working in the Washington Correctional Institute sued the Florida Department of Corrections for allowing male prisoners to harass them despite years of complaints to superiors ...

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation named eight New Jersey companies to its annual list of top employers for promoting fair and equal treatment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees ...

Q. A pregnant employee eligible for FMLA wants to take the 12 weeks of leave. Our leave policy says an employee on FMLA must first use his or her sick, vacation and personal leave, in that order, before the leave is unpaid. In this case, the employee has enough sick leave for the 12 weeks. But should she be allowed to use sick leave for the entire 12 weeks? Is this in our best interest? —M.P., Texas

Q. While on unpaid leave, one of our staffers applied for and was granted workers' compensation. This person has not expressed any interest in returning to work. She may even be working for someone else. Can we terminate her? —A.L., New York

Q. Is drug testing permitted under Maryland law? —L.R., Maryland

Q. How many hours must employees work to be considered full time? Part time? —D.S., Texas