Human Resources

From employment law to compensation and benefits, FMLA and hiring and firing and more, Business Management Daily provides comprehensive Human Resources updates.

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Q. Regarding the “learned professional” exemption, is it safe to say that a person with a four-year degree would be considered in that category, but a person with an associate's or two-year degree would not? —Marilyn, Pennsylvania

Q. Is it legal for our company to require employees to speak only English at work? —B.K., Idaho

Q. Some employees have complained anonymously that an employee is receiving preferential treatment because she's the wife of a manager. How can we defuse this situation? Should I transfer her to another warehouse? —B.B., New York

Q. I know that it's illegal to ask applicants certain questions, like whether they are married. Are there any questions I can't ask a previous employer or reference? —F.T., Maine

Good news for New Jersey employers: When the New Jersey Department of Labor reviews an employee's unpaid-overtime claim and orders back pay, the employee can't file a separate lawsuit in federal court asking for more money and attorneys' fees to boot. Labor's decision is final; case closed ...

Your organization may spring for pizza when everyone works late or buy a cake for employees’ birthdays. But employer-provided food can do more than fill the bellies of hungry staff ...

With all the talk about workplace privacy, remember that your organization, not the employee, owns the computers and the data in them. You needn’t fear a privacy lawsuit if you give permission for law enforcement to read e-mail, search hard drives or access phone numbers on company-owned cell phones ...

Q. I work for a nonprofit agency, and we plan to start using an agency credit card. But we also need a policy that covers who can use the card and when, plus some other things I haven’t thought of yet. What should the policy include? —M.M., Pennsylvania

Q. Can we give an exempt employee extra vacation days in addition to the standard accrued time off outlined in our employee handbook? —T. L., Maryland

Q. How can we handle an employee who routinely uses vacation and sick time on Mondays? —D.M., Ohio