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: Supervisors must be responsive to employees' disabilities, but they shouldn't overaccommodate them.
Risk: If supervisors voice their own assumptions about the disabilities' impact, they could spark an ADA lawsuit. ...
When terminating employees, it's smart to ask them to sign agreements that waive their rights to sue your organization for discrimination or wrongful discharge. Typically, employers wrap such waivers into severance ...
Issue: Who qualifies for protection under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)?
Risk: Many supervisors mistakenly believe that women must be pregnant to be covered under PDA. Not true.
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Issue: More states are placing restrictions on when drivers (and which drivers) can use wireless devices while driving.
Risk: Your organization may be liable when distracted employees on cell phones ...
Employees who ask for and receive disability benefits may sometimes also ask for workplace accommodations for their disabilities. In some cases, they may be entitled to both; in other cases, not. ...
Issue: New government rules will let older employees work part time while receiving some of their pension benefits.
Benefit/risk: That could help you retain older employees but may heap large ...

Do you own rental property that's been producing a marginal profit or a loss the past few years? Short of raising the rent again, you're fighting an uphill battle as your expenses continue to grow.

If you're among the millions of self-employed Americans who opted for an automatic filing extension, enjoy the summer while you can. Just remember that the due date for filing your 2004 tax return isn't far off. It's Aug. 15, 2005.

Big tax cuts aren't coming in 2005; neither the money nor the political willpower is there. But look for Congress, at the very least, to extend several tax breaks that are scheduled to go off the books at the end of the year

Q: Your recent article on hiring your spouse got me thinking (see 4/18/05 issue). If the spouse is the owner's wife and is a highly compensated employee, can she defer the maximum amount of salary to a 401(k) account? P.T., via e-mail