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. Occasionally, we offer in-house training and development programs for our employees. These programs are strictly voluntary and are not conducted during normal working hours. Our company has never paid employees for the time spent attending such training. Is this legal?

 

A former executive vice president of Roscom Inc., a Croydon-based manufacturer and distributor of polyvinyl chloride products, alleges he was fired for refusing to smoke marijuana with CEO Nick Lynch ...

Last October, the Texas Supreme Court ruled employers may require new and existing employees to sign covenants not to compete, even if they are “at will” employees. As long as the employees get something in return for agreeing to the restrictions their employers want, the agreements are legal ...

A federal jury awarded $250,000 to an orthopedic surgeon who claimed Wyoming Valley Health Care System in Wilkes-Barre discriminated against him because he suffered a psychiatric episode while performing a total knee replacement ...

A woman who worked for the Philadelphia Water Department lost her FMLA claim because she did not meet the basic employment qualifications ...

Q. Must I give employees copies of their reviews, terminations or disciplinary items? They are in their personnel files, but I don’t want them running to an attorney. We are not terminating or disciplining employees with any illegal intent, but these days you can never be too careful. –A.D.

Thanks to a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling, employers may now attend unemployment compensation appeals hearings without an attorney. The court overturned a 2005 Commonwealth Court ruling ...

A lost laptop containing the Social Security numbers of more than 50,000 people ... A misplaced disk that contains account information for an entire state ... Your company’s greatest security threat probably comes not from outside sources but from your own employees. To protect against such internal threats and loss of information, you need to take specific measures to reduce potential risks ...

Q. I have to admit I am not a fan of smokers, but what really concerns me is the cost they are adding to our benefits programs. I don’t think it is fair to the nonsmokers that their costs should keep going up year after year when it's likely smokers are fueling a part of that cost. Can I make smokers pay more in premiums?—S.S.

Women in Pennsylvania earn 73 cents for every dollar earned by men in similar positions, compared to the national average of 77 cents on the dollar ...

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