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.

Office betting pools are like that five-mile-per-hour buffer above the speed limit—technically illegal but rarely enforced.

But while you probably won't face legal trouble for tolerating betting pools at your workplace, you could face other problems, including declining productivity and potential theft from a desperate, compulsive gambler.

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.

Reminder: New federal safety rules kicked in Jan. 3 for truckers.

Short-term disabilities don't last as long at companies where employees report their disability claims quickly, according to a report by CIGNA Group Insurance.

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.

As the Internet flourishes, scores of Internet profiteers and disgruntled ex-employees are rushing to claim Web site addresses ("domain names") of companies and then turning around and attempting to sell the addresses back to the companies.