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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Issue: Employers often set new hires' wages, in part, based on salaries at previous jobs.
Risk: A new court ruling says you could run afoul of the Equal Pay Act ...
Should you allow workers to play music at their workstations? Should you have the radio on in the back­ground for the whole office? Should you let your people use their iPods to get through the day?
Here's a true story that should put a good scare in managers who think they're doing every­thing right and underestimate their chances of legal exposure:
It's hard, but necessary, to terminate employees who commit misdeeds or who just aren't performing, because they keep everyone else from perform­ing as well. But it's equally necessary to make sure that you approach each potential termination systematically and fairly, to stay out of legal danger.
When it comes to an applicant's background, what you don't know can hurt your company.  That's why instead of making excuses for your lack of background checking efforts, make the time to run background checks.  These employers certainly wish they had.
A great deal of confusion still swirls around one question: Which payments are covered by the new deferred-compensation rules described above.
The IRS can hit you with dozens of different penalties if you fail to follow the letter of the tax law. They’re often arcane and difficult to understand. And although many of the penalties are relatively small on their own, they can add up quickly. So, a single mistake could snowball into hundreds or thousands of dollars.
“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” It may be the punch line to an old joke, but it can also be a valuable message that small business owners overlook.
Ask the World Health Organization (WHO) about avian flu, and it will tell you an outbreak is inevitable.  Ask employers if they've taken steps to prepare for an outbreak, and they'll likely say they haven't and will want a good reason why they should.
The IRS tinkers with Form 1040 every year, and this year is no exception. In fact, your 2005 tax return reflects new tax-law definitions and rules, annual inflation adjustments to tax thresholds and various tax breaks for hurricane relief, just to name a few changes. Here’s the skinny on the biggest changes this year on a line-for-line basis.