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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Bad managers are the main reason many employees quit. An online survey at KeepEm.com details which bad-boss behaviors would make them quit. The top 10 worst offenses, in order: belittles people ...
In severance agreements, employers typically require employees to sign promises not to file employment-related lawsuits. But don't try to include FMLA rights in that
waiver.
Why? A new ruling ...
Issue: Many employers run new hires through an orientation process, then instantly start treating them like every other employee.
Risk: Some of these new hires won't assimilate so quickly. Without ...
Workplace dress codes, whether formal or informal, seem to cause a lot of headaches for managers, and I'm sure lots of people secretly wish they could just make all their employees wear uniforms. That's what's happening in Benson, Ariz.
If a male employee complains about sexually harassing comments by a female co-worker, how would your supervisors respond?
Too often, bosses (and some HR professionals) laugh off such "reverse" harassment ...
Issue: Recruiting "passive" job candidates requires a different strategy than ones used to attract active job-seekers.
Benefit: Choose the right words in that initial contact to prevent quick rejections and ...

To focus on the best applicants, many employers turn to personality tests. Twenty years of research seem to support their decision. After all, research has established definitive links between specific personality traits and various aspects of job performance. Take note, though, that for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that personality tests that screen for mental illness are likened to medical exams, and therefore, are illegal to administer to employees/applicants.

All work and no play can make Jack (or Jill) a disgruntled employee or client. So, you may decide to treat some of your top customers or valued employees to an outing as the summer draws to a close. By knowing the tax-law rules for entertainment costs, you can double your pleasure with top-dollar write-offs.

Q: We're a midsize company and plan to introduce a SIMPLE plan for our employees. But we're close to the 100-employee maximum. Do we have to count part-timers even if they won't be eligible for the SIMPLE plan? E.M., Corpus Christi, Texas

The election requirements of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) stipulate that a qualified beneficiary must have a minimum of 60 days to elect COBRA coverage, and the election period can end no sooner than 60 days of the later of the date coverage is lost or the date that notice to the qualified beneficiary is sent.