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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Billions of e-mail messages are sent each day, but one study estimates that the average employee wastes more than 40 minutes a day on worthless e-mail. That doesn't even include the jokes your friends and family forward and the unnecessary messages your colleagues copy to everyone in the office. Here's how you can trim the time you spend on e-mail.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled last year that an employer's policy prohibiting off-duty fraternization was lawful. (See PLA, February 6, 2006.) An appeals court recently overturned the Board's decision, sending a clear message that broad bans on employee relationships may cause legal trouble for employers.

The IRS has announced it will renew its approval process for companies wanting to switch from traditional pension plans to cash-balance plans.

The Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has declared that it is "dramatically enhancing its enforcement efforts against employers that knowingly employ illegal aliens." They aren't kidding.

Conduct exit interviews personally to obtain firsthand knowledge about your organization.
Ranjana Clark moved her family so she could oversee a new and bigger division after her bank grew through a merger. She traveled a lot and worked insane hours.
Bernie Marcus came out swinging when a home-improvement company fired him as CEO.
Americans have been preoccupied with their weight for a long time, but the current focus in popular culture on the "obesity epidemic" is itself reaching epidemic proportions.
We've all heard and made jokes for years about taking off for "mental health days," but a recent report by the United Health Foundation highlights just how real this issue is.
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