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.

President Bush signed legislation that provides $6.1 billion tax relief for people and businesses reeling from Hurricane Katrina. While most of the tax-law changes apply to those in the hard-hit Gulf region, some breaks extend to charity-minded taxpayers throughout the country.

We don't want to sugarcoat things: Getting hit with an IRS "field audit" is a worst-case scenario and a cause for genuine concern. The process is expensive, time-consuming and requires a more comprehensive defense strategy than the other two types of audits we've discussed in our audit series ("correspondence audits" handled through the mail and "office audits" performed at an IRS office).

Favoritism has a long history of not being deemed an illegal workplace act. But under certain circumstances, favoritism that results from an office romance may amount to sexual discrimination or harassment. And since over half of the employees in a national workforce survey have admitted to having dated co-workers, you definitely want to pay attention to what the EEOC and the California supreme court had to say about favoritism and office romances.

The first piece of our audit series explained how you can breeze through an IRS "correspondence audit" conducted through the mail. But the stakes are considerably higher—as is the stress level—if you're tapped for an IRS "office audit."

An experienced tax adviser can provide a security blanket if you're intimidated by the process. And he or she won't likely take the "bait" if the auditor goes on a fishing trip.

In 1820, about 70 percent of the U.S. population lived and worked on farms. Then came Cyrus McCormick, inventor of the mechanical reaper and modern agriculture. So, how did McCormick change the face of agriculture in America?
Two researchers have studied some of the “largest, messiest and most intractable change problems on the planet,” and their “positive deviance” approach has penetrated business. Here are the basic steps:
Close relationships between your organization and its vendors or partners probably are thought of as a good thing. But here are a couple of pitfalls you should know about:
Issue: Many employers are baffled about how to pay nonexempt employees when they travel locally or on overnight trips.
Risk: Mistakes could spark anything from mild complaints to class-action lawsuits, ...
Some problems will eventually go away if you wait long enough. But that's not the attitude to take when employees request workplace accommodations for their physical or mental conditions.
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