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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You can look forward to smaller increases in health-plan costs for 2007, even though medical and prescription drug-plan costs are still expected to run at more than twice the rate of general inflation, according to the 2007 Segal Health Plan Cost Trend Survey ...

Like most organizations, your organization probably needs to squeeze more productivity out of fewer employees these days. That may mean requiring some hourly employees to work overtime, even if they don't want to. But, if handled incorrectly, mandatory overtime can smother morale, create management-employee tensions and spark legal disputes ... 

Want employees to take less sick leave? Consider letting them volunteer on company time ...

If your organization writes employment contracts for key employees, it may be making one costly mistake: unconditionally guaranteeing salary and benefits to employees, even if they commit misconduct that would warrant firing ...

Everything is done by e-mail these days, but the American worker still isn't ready yet to be fired that way ...

More often than not, employees believe that their pay levels are pulled out of a hat. And when employees do raise questions about their compensation, they typically go first to their front-line supervisor: the person with the greatest impact on their morale but the least-trained person to offer a good answer ...

When your organization faces an employment lawsuit, you may end up in a room with an attorney and a tape recorder, explaining what you know. Depositions can be nerve-rattling and the employee's lawyers will try anything to discredit and challenge your testimony ...

Beyond its obvious emotional impact, an employee's death almost always leaves unfinished business for HR and payroll. Follow these steps to help smooth the process when you're notified of an employee's death ...

If you're not doing so already, take steps to discourage employees and dependents from holding duplicate health coverage. Example: Ford Motor Co. now requires employees to pay extra toward their health premiums if their covered spouses have duplicate health coverage ...

Asking employees to perform even a minimal amount of work while they're out on an FMLA absence could spark a lawsuit. And firing someone for refusing to pirtch in while out on leave almost surely will ...

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