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.

Executive misconduct costs organizations an average of $900,000 a year: more than six times the cost of manager misbehavior. Harassment and other gender-related misconduct lead the list. So, what do you do?
Nobody talks about it, and it’s against the rules of virtually every employer, yet the practice thrives: It’s called making “homers”: items or work produced on company time for personal use. Harvard Business School assistant professor Michel Anteby has explored the practice by interviewing retired French metalworkers. He found that leaders of all stripes—managers, supervisors, executives—know about homer-making, and most ignore it. But why?
Problem: Disaster-relief agencies and the United Nations are flooded with donations to help the victims of natural disasters, but none has a quick way—an army, say—to deliver the supplies to where they belong.

Solution: The folks who brought you overnight shipping.
Is sexual harassment beyond managers' control, or can you take steps to prevent it? Here are some points to consider:

Title VII requires employers to post a notice of employees' rights under the law.  Failing to adhere to these posting requirements will result in more than a slap on the wrist.  You could get slapped with a late discrimination lawsuit that is filed after the 300-day statute of limitations has passed, when you otherwise would have been safe.

Can I roll over certain severance and a 401(k) into an IRA?
My job was eliminated as of Dec. 31, so I’ve decided to retire. I’m over 60 and have a 401(k).I’m also entitled to receive lump-sum severance and a deferred bonus in January. Can I roll over those payments to an IRA?  

To calm the waters during layoffs, some organizations give severance to departing employees, even though they are not legally obligated to do so. But mistakes when creating severance offers can lead to Age Discrimination In Employment Act (ADEA) claims.

Traditionally, call centers have been too pricey for small businesses that need only a few employees (or temps) to handle sales and customer-service calls. But now, more call centers are hiring home-based phone agents, making the service more affordable for small and midsize businesses.
Employees who are more physically fit are often more productive and less of a burden on your health-insurance plan. You can do your part by providing incentives to employees (including the top echelon) to exercise or pursue recreational activities.