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.

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Q. We have an employee with a chronic health condition who began taking FMLA intermittent leave in February. She had worked more than 1,250 hours in the 12 months before the leave started. By June, she had dropped below 1,250 hours. Does she lose her eligibility now? ...

Employees at Accenture, a management consulting company, can take three months off—for any reason—and their jobs will be waiting for them when they return. As part of the company’s Future Leave program, which grants unpaid leave of up to three months with continued benefits, supervisors don’t even ask why the employee wants to take the time off ...

Q. One of my employees is scheduled to return this fall from a two-year tour of duty in Iraq. What rights does this employee have regarding his return to work? ...

You won’t catch employees of the Washington, DC-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI) brown-bagging it for lunch. Instead, they can enjoy three-course gourmet meals served in a top-floor dining room for just $4 ...

Q. An employee filed a sexual harassment claim with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission against my company. The commission investigated the charge and found it to be without merit. She still works for us and is continually threatening to file a retaliation claim. Can she? ...

You might be surprised to learn that men call employee assistance programs (EAP) because of relationship troubles more often than women, and only 7% more men than women ask for help with substance abuse. It’s still true that women use the services of EAP counselors about three times as often as men. But what men and women call about is changing ...

Wal-Mart employees have created “green” goals that help them save the environment at work and at home. More than 20,000 of the 1.3 million people who work for the country’s largest employer participate in the retailer’s voluntary Personal Sustainability Project. Employees designed the program to help them incorporate the principles of sustainability into their daily lives ...

One-third of the federal government’s chief human capital officers say their employer should replace its general schedule pay system with pay for performance ...

IBM employees who would rather teach school than work for the computer giant go for it with their employer’s blessing—and with up to $15,000 in tuition assistance ...

Regulations governing the general framework of cafeteria plans were proposed in 1984 but never finalized. In the ensuing 23 years, the IRS has issued numerous guidance documents on topics ranging from changing elections due to changes in status, to reimbursing expenses via debit cards. Rather than maintain this piecemeal approach, the IRS has opted to repropose comprehensive regulations. The regs encompass all previous guidance and include new rules, too, especially regarding health savings accounts (HSAs). Biggest improvement: The regs more clearly state the requirements cafeteria plans must meet, how plans can fail, and the tax consequences to employees when plans do fail. The regs are proposed to be effective with plan years beginning after January 1, 2009, but you may rely on them before that date.

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