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 want to pay the absolute minimum to Uncle Sam, tax planning must be a year-round pursuit. With summer right around the corner, you can cash in on several key tax breaks by springing into action now. If you procrastinate until the end of the year, you'll miss out on valuable deductions and credits for yourself, your business and your family. This special report explains a dozen timely moves you should take before the leaves begin to fall.

If your employee handbook or job-offer letters say that new hires will face a 60- or 90-day "probation period," you should consider dropping that policy or, at the very least, referring to that period in some other way.

You may not realize it, but employees could be jumping ship because of the hassle and high cost of their commutes. And commuting pains aren't easing.

Be very leery about setting rules that ban one gender or another from certain positions. Such a policy may be legal if you can prove that gender is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) for a position. But courts will likely be skeptical if the job can be done by both sexes without violating any laws or with an easy accommodation.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry unveiled his plan this month to offer small business owners a mix of tax breaks and government help in exchange for lowering health insurance costs for employees.

Reason: The U.S. Transportation Department unveiled new rules last month that require employers to more closely review applicants' professional driving safety records and drug-testing history.

If your employees work long hours and odd shifts, expect more scrutiny into your efforts to keep those workers healthy and safe.

Disabled people find it difficult to tell prospective employers about their disability and any accommodations they need, according to the National Center for Disability Services (NCDS), www.ncds.org.

You don't want to play den mother to your employees, but a new trend gaining publicity may put you in that role. So-called "workplace bullying" is no longer something you can shrug off. If you see it, you'd better try to stop it.

Many employees forget—or don't realize—that employer-provided benefits make up a big portion of their compensation.