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.

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

The IRS just released a new CD titled "Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) Resource Guide for Small Business Owners and Individuals."

Long hours...unrealistic deadlines...frequent interruptions. Does this sound familiar? It should, since it most likely describes your average workday. Now add "stressed out" to the list, and it just about sums up America's overwhelmed workforce.
Employers can be liable for harassment of workers not only by other workers, but also by customers. But often, managers who'd have no qualms about investigating—or firing—a harassing co-worker are nervous about jeopardizing a customer relationship.
Fear of sexual-harassment suits have forced many American leaders to stop touching people. Yet, some top executives, including Jack Welch, still include a pat on the shoulder or a warmer-than-usual handshake among their leadership tools. Here's how to use the power of touch:
Strive to see your actions through the eyes of the other people in your organization.
Issue: To assist in planning, organizations often post employee vacation schedules, especially during summer.
Risk: Some employees may protest, saying it's an invasion of privacy that makes their house more ...
Issue: How to stop employees from disclosing confidential data, or jumping to a competitor and stealing your employees.
Benefit: You can stop defectors from raiding your business, but only if ...
Many employers offer severance to soften the blow of terminations and to buy a little insurance against lawsuits. But for those agreements to be enforceable, it's important that you define the ...