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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Various organizations offer an alphabet soup of certifications. But is certification even necessary for your career path? If it is, which certification is right for you? Here's a breakdown of your certification options. Do your homework: The most common certifications may not be your best career choice...

Q. We sometimes send exempt employees to conferences. Do we have to pay for travel time? Can we voluntarily pay them extra if the travel time extends into the evening or weekend, or will that destroy their exempt status?

Q. We required three hourly employees to drive 15 hours to an out-of-state warehouse to do finishing work and only paid them for eight hours of straight time. They worked a 40 hour week, made the drive on a Saturday, worked in the warehouse Sunday through Wednesday, then made the 15-hour return drive on Thursday and reported to work on Friday. Someone at the Labor Department told me that since the drive extended past their regular workday, we were required to pay for 15 hours, and it probably should have been overtime. Is that correct?

Employees age 55 and older—a group growing four times faster than the work force as a whole—make particularly loyal employees, a new study shows. But does your organization offer the type of benefits that will help you retain those older workers until they retire (and beyond)? Some organizations are taking that extra step ...

A surprising new court ruling says that if your organization uses a common pay practice—setting new hires' salaries based on their past pay—you could be violating the Equal Pay Act ...

Summertime…and the dressing is easy, some employees think. Coming to work in flip-flops and Bermuda shorts may not jibe with your organization's business casual dress code policy. But that they should not be worn to work might not be explicitly spelled out either. When did employees get the idea that "appropriate footwear" includes workplace-inappropriate flip-flops? Never mind the safety risk — that noise is disruptive enough. As for Bermuda shorts, the length might be appropriate in terms of what you allow for skirt/dress lengths, but they are still shorts after all.

The Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law includes a presumption that out-of-work individuals are employees, not independent contractors (who aren’t eligible for UI benefits). It’s up to you—not the worker—to prove that he or she is an independent contractor ...

While you probably have rules in place that dictate civil behavior in your workplace, you may not have a clear plan for dealing with the aftermath of an actual violent confrontation. You should ...

When it comes to evaluating applicants, you can consider factors like evidence of the employee’s commitment to the job and the likelihood he won’t stick around. That’s true even if it means you don’t hire an older applicant who worked for your organization in the past and received good reviews ...

Courts aren’t set up to serve as super-personnel departments. They generally will let the experts—that’s you—decide how to manage your work force. As long as you act in good faith and believe you are doing the right thing, the courts probably won’t second-guess you ...

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