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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Q. Can we open an employee’s personal things, like her locker, purse or desk drawer, if we suspect her of stealing? —A.G., Connecticut

If you require hourly employees to attend counseling or training workshops outside normal working hours as a condition of employment, you may need to pay employees for those hours. You may also need to pay the employees' travel time, too ...

The advent of MP3 players, satellite radio and Internet-based music makes it easy to rock and roll at work. Such distractions can reduce employee productivity and even create create legal risks. Establish a music/noise policy before it becomes a problem ...

Ringing cell phones can be annoying, but people responding to a new Randstad survey say their biggest workplace frustrations relate to the way that they're managed. Topping the list: being spoken to in condescending tones ...

Don't assume that just because you hire people as independent contractors, you can't be liable for wrongful termination if you don't renew their contracts. As a new court ruling shows, if an employee blows the whistle about some potentially illegal activity at your workplace, you could trigger a retaliation lawsuit by failing to renew his or her contract ...

The U.S. Supreme Court handed employers a major victory this week by clarifying that workers who claim pay discrimination must file their complaints within 180 days of the alleged offense. But this ruling could, in the short run, lead to a spike in pay-bias claims.

What happens if an employee tries to return to work after FMLA leave but isn't quite recovered? In that case, you can turn the employee away if he or she can't perform the job's essential functions. That scenario often plays out when the returning employee's job involves operating machinery or driving and the person must take medication ...

Don't think that an employee who quietly suffers name-calling for years can't sue. Courts and the EEOC won't be swayed by your argument that "he put up with it for 20 years, so how bad could it have been?" ...

Several important economic indicators released last month suggest that wage growth and a tighter labor market are just around the corner ...

Any tests you use to screen applicants should relate to the job, and you must be prepared to prove that they do. If you can't and a protected group of workers (e.g., women, minorities) tend to score poorly, you're just asking for a lawsuit ...

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