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.

Issue: Scheduling employees during the holidays can cause logistical and legal headaches.
Risk: At the least, hurt feelings and dampened morale. At the worst, a messy religious-discrimination lawsuit.
Action: ...
You may need to make new accommodations for disabled customers and employees if proposed regulations win approval. The Access Board, an independent agency ...
Issue: The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) makes it illegal to punish employees for discussing pay, benefits or working conditions.
Risk: Many employers believe that such NLRA restrictions apply only ...
Wrapping up a year in which natural disasters and ongoing war grabbed the headlines, look for corporate gifts, including those to employees, to focus more on charity and comfort than on ...
Issue: Safety-conscious companies look beyond the bottom line.
Benefit: In addition to reducing costs and boosting morale, safety can be promoted as a recruiting tool to applicants.
Action: Reduce ...

If you're the big cheese at your company, you can control your own tax destiny to a certain extent. For example, you can usually time year-end bonuses to your personal tax advantage.

There probably isn't one person in America whose life has not been touched by cancer, whether the individual has been diagnosed with some form of it or someone they love has been. Given this probability, employers across the country must be prepared for the day when cancer hits their workplace. Thus, the EEOC released a Q&A on cancer in the workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But the ADA is not the only law you must consider. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may also be a factor. It is up to you to determine which law applies and how to comply when they both do.

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.