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? ...

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.

Q. Our company is in the process of going through a reduction in force. One of the positions that has been selected for elimination belongs to an employee on FMLA leave. Can we still eliminate the position? ...

Q. An employee of ours is requesting a personal day off for religious observance. He is salaried and has exhausted all vacation and personal time. Are we required to give him the day off? ...

Employers that want to limit the use of languages other than English in the workplace take note: Your language restrictions must be reasonable and based on genuine business needs. A simple company preference for English isn’t good enough ...

CA Inc., a software company in Islandia, has filed a $200 million lawsuit against rival Rocket Software of Newton, MA, alleging Rocket stole computer source codes and other trade secrets from CA and used the information to develop almost identical products ...

When it comes to discrimination, your best defense is treating everyone absolutely equally. And that’s tough to do without a central HR tracking system. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Make sure you note any problems (and praise) in each employee’s official file. Then, do regular audits—pulling out data on age, sex, national origin and race—to tabulate the types of problems and any discipline levied ...

Five Long Island eateries will pay $966,000 in back wages to busboys, counter personnel, dishwashers and cooks to settle a U.S. Labor Department lawsuit. The wages cover two years in which the employees, mostly Hispanic immigrants, worked up to 60 hours per week without overtime compensation ...

Does your organization make important hiring and firing decisions by committee? That’s one way to counter possible bias by one individual. But be prepared to document how the group made the decision ...

A woman from Queens is suing her boss and their employer for $2.5 million, claiming she began suffering panic attacks after the boss handed her 15 photos of himself stark naked ...

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