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.

If you hire 16- or 17-year-olds this summer, don't overlook a tax credit worth up to $1,200 per eligible employee. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) allows you to secure the credit if those new employees live in an "empowerment zone, enterprise community or renewal community," as designated by the federal government.

While employees are off enjoying themselves on vacation, you might be stressing over how to cover their absence. One option: Use workers provided by professional leasing agencies.  If you're lucky, the workers fit in so well with your company that you might be inclined to hire them permanently as regular employees (not to replace the vacationing employee, of course, but rather in another department or in another position).

Heads up: The IRS plans to ratchet up the audit pressure on small businesses in the coming months.

Uncle Sam wants your tax money ... now. So, if you aren't sending the IRS enough money in your quarterly tax installments, you may need to pay an extra interest-rate penalty.

After he’d started a fast-growing publishing company in the late 1980s, Kirk Cheyfitz griped to his board chairman one day about a manager who wasn’t exactly a self-starter. Without missing a beat, the chairman urged Cheyfitz to fire the guy right away.
Issue: How to structure break schedules to maximize productivity and safety.
Benefit: Allowing more frequent, but shorter, breaks are smarter than giving longer infrequent ones, new research shows.
Action: ...
For most managers—particularly those in larger enterprises—it's far easier to fill openings by hiring from within than by interviewing the population at large, one by one. But there are basically two situations when an internal hire might not be the most effective option.
Organizations that use the Internet to recruit employees should pay attention to these two developments:
Job-search search engines. Rather than bouncing around to several different job boards, applicants now have ...
Issue: Gaining more value from your exit interviews.
Risk: Intelligence gathered often falls into a "black hole," so mistakes are repeated and legal land mines are overlooked.
Action: Ask ...
HR professionals are well aware that many résumés and applications are full of exaggerations or flat-out lies. But while you review those documents with a healthy dose of skepticism, your newest ...