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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.

Avoid the temptation to lure star applicants by painting an overly rosy financial picture about your company or making misleading statements about job security.

Never rework compensation packages behind employees' backs. Provide advance notice when making changes that affect their compensation or benefits.

Last year, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) required companies that sponsor large health care plans (more than $5 million in premiums or claims) to start complying with new privacy rules.

This year, it's your turn. Starting April 14, smaller businesses that fall below the $5 million threshold must comply.

If you're renewing your business insurance or changing carriers soon, do some smart, advance planning to earn a good inspection rating. Don't fear such an inspection; it can reduce your premiums 5 to 10 percent.

President Bush this month put forth an ambitious plan to allow undocumented immigrants holding jobs in the United States to earn "temporary worker" status for up to six years.

President Bush signed legislation last month that expands to all 50 states a program that allows employers to go online to verify new hires' Social Security numbers or alien ID numbers for I-9 purposes.

After 12 years with the same company, I am losing my job due to a merger. I have no other job lined up. Should I elect COBRA health and dental coverage? Are there any tax benefits?

Free checklists and reports allow you to identify potential legal problems with compensation, discrimination, disability and more.

The IRS turns a skeptical eye toward what it deems "unreasonable compensation" paid to C corp owner-executives. The taxman can decide your salary is too large and label part of it as a nondeductible dividend.

The federal government is cranking up its workplace safety inspections, especially targeting repeat offenders and companies with unusually high reports of workplace injuries and illnesses.