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.

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Sometimes, the tension between sympathy for a disabled worker and a need for productivity leads to frustration and perhaps even ill-­chosen words. Luckily, one or two such incidents aren’t likely to end in a big jury award.
Employees only have 300 days to get their EEOC complaints in after being fired or otherwise being hit with an adverse employment action.
Here is some good advice for managers on the lookout for sexual harassment: Don’t just keep the jocular guys on your radar. The sleazy and unwelcome conduct can come from anyone in the workplace, as Wells Fargo Bank recently learned.

The threat of an Ebola outbreak has dominated the news for months. With the possible exceptions of health care-related organizations, it’s unlikely that most employers will ever have to deal with the disease. However, it’s a timely reminder that even relatively common maladies (such as the flu) can wreak havoc on business operations.

Here’s some disturbing news, courtesy of the Minnesota Supreme Court: When a supervisor threatens an employee with punishment or discharge for filing a workers’ compensation claim, that threat alone is grounds for a lawsuit.
Do you type two spaces after a period? If so, your résumé may be destined for the wastebasket. According to career counselor Marc Miller, adding that extra space is a résumé mistake that brands an applicant as Too Old.
The Court of Appeal of California has held that an employer cannot compel arbitration of a wage claim when the language in the parties’ arbitration agreement excluded wage-and-hour claims.
Ohio-based shoe retailer DSW has agreed to pay $900,000 to seven former managers who were let go during the recession. The settlement covers DSW activities at its home office and throughout its Midwest region, which includes Minnesota.

“You have been sued.” When employers first read these words and realize the lawsuit launched against them is in a state court, most Texas employers—indeed, most employers—make it their first order of business to get the case moved to a federal court. Why? Defense attorneys cite various advantages to be gained from such a change, which is known as removal.

Are you facing the prospect of terminating an employee who happens to be the only member of a particular protected class? Don’t let the fear of a lawsuit stop you from making a legitimate business decision. Just make sure you can document exactly why you have chosen this employee for termination.
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