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.

Issue: Requiring a medical test before hiring an applicant is smart, but it carries legal risks.
Risk: A wrong step can trigger Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or privacy lawsuits ...
A person's religion is not like his sex or race, something obvious from a glance. That's why Title VII imposes a duty on workers to provide fair warning of any employment ...
Issue: Invoices from outside attorneys can include expensive mistakes.
Risk: Lost money for the company, and lost credibility for you if someone else discovers the error ...

THE LAW. Maintaining personnel files can be a chore, but it's the most important element in defending against claims from employees, ex-employees and regulators ...

Issue: Requiring employees to speak English can be legally risky.
Risk: Overly broad or misguided policies can trigger a national-origin discrimination complaint ...
If your company has fewer than 50 workers, yet is somehow linked to another employer or location, you may incorrectly believe that you don't need to comply with ...
Formal orientations make new employees productive more quickly, and they make it easier on you to bring that person up to speed. But don't overwhelm new hires right away. Create a ...
Issue: A new ruling lowers the bar on what courts consider sexual harassment.
Risk: Allowing "boys to be boys", even if they don't target anyone for abuse, can now cost ...
Issue: Paying nonexempt workers for travel time can be tricky, especially if it involves several work sites or overnight travel.
Risk: Thousands of dollars, or more, in back pay ...
If you perform pre-employment medical tests on applicants, take your cues from the following case to avoid running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Three lessons to remember:
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