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. We have an employee with an increasing body odor problem. The problem is so bad that co-workers are complaining about having to interact with her. We need to discuss the problem with the employee. Are there any legal issues that we need to be concerned about? —T.M., Texas

Q. We gave eligible employees a “floating holiday” in lieu of having Dec. 31, 1999, as a paid holiday. We generally pay employees for all unused vacation, sick and personal time upon termination, but we have no policy regarding an unused floating holiday. Do we have to pay workers for any unused floating holidays upon termination? Does it make any difference if the employee requested the day off but the supervisor denied the request? —C.R., Illinois

Ninety-one percent of employers that provide coverage for fertility treatment haven't experienced a related increase in their medical costs, according to a new survey of 900 employers by Mercer Health and Benefits ...

If you think you don't have to start paying hourly employees until they arrive at the official job site, think again. While it's true that you don't normally need to compensate employees for their home-to-work commute, you might have to pay for the travel time if you impose restrictions on that commute or require them to stop along the way ...

Q. One of our employees normally reports to a facility. But he's out on workers' comp and is doing light duty in the office, which is an extra hour of commuting time. I know we don't have to pay for his commuting time, but what about his travel expenses? —M.T., Massachusetts

Like employees of most universities, people who work for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) can earn a substantial subsidy to help their own kids enroll as students at the school. But the Baltimore-based university takes that perk a step further: It helps with tuition even if a JHU child decides to attend a different university ...

A senior chemist with nearly 20 years of experience in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has filed a whistle-blower complaint ...

We saw much hand-wringing among business groups on Capitol Hill last month after the U.S. House of Representatives voted 241-185 to grease the skids for union organizers ...

A police sergeant who sued the borough of Haledon for discrimination recently won a $450,000 settlement ...

Q. We have several employees out on workers' comp claims. Our policy is to pay for the employee but not dependents. How can we terminate the group insurance for employees who are out on workers' comp for more than three months? —M.O., Washington

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