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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Both federal and New Jersey state statutes hold perpetrators criminally liable for the possession or viewing of child pornography. But a recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision opens the door for employers to be held civilly liable for failing to prevent these acts ...

Q. The duties test under the Labor Department's overtime regulations talks about determining the employee's “primary duty.” How do we determine that? —Marie, Pennsylvania

Q. Can a business require employees to use direct deposit of paychecks? —N.C., Kansas

Q. An employer asked us for job verification on an employee we fired. It has a written consent form from the worker allowing the query. Can I release any and all information regarding the ex-employee's history with us? —R.F., Colorado

Q. Under our written company policy, an employee who fails to give 20 working days' notice before resigning forfeits any earned vacation days. Is this policy lawful? —C.R., Wisconsin

Q. When we are figuring employees' base pay for overtime calculations, can we exclude their vacation pay? —R.J.D., South Dakota

Q. We have an apparent conflict between our union agreement and our responsibility to maintain a harassment-free workplace. The agreement says we must give the shop steward 48 hours' notice before dismissing a regular employee. But we have proof positive that two employees have been harassing—and continue to harass—African-American and gay employees. The two harassers have just caused us to lose a good employee who couldn't take it any longer. What trumps what? —J.V., Louisiana

Q. Due to recent snowstorms, some employees have not been able to get to work. Can we dock the pay and/or accrued leave of employees who do not come to work? Can we do so even if the office is closed? Our attorney told us that the Fair Labor Standards Act does not apply to us because, among other things, our gross sales are under $500,000. —A.I., Maryland

Gov. Perry announced $3 million in grants to five programs aimed at building a skilled work force to meet the needs of Texas' growing biotech and life science industry. The grants are the first awarded under the Meeting Industries' Critical Workforce Needs grant program ...

Employers report that they'll be dishing out average pay raises of 3.5 percent for exempt and nonexempt employees in 2007, the same level that they're currently paying in 2006, according to a new Conference Board survey of 441 companies ...

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