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: Minor squabbles between employees and supervisors escalating into illegal "discipline." Risk: If left unchecked, they can escalate, resulting in discrimination or retaliation claims. Action: Use the following case ...
While vacation time is a mainstay of basic benefit packages, employers are not legally required to offer paid vacation to employees. But if you do offer vacation time, don't be afraid ...
Issue: Survivors of recent layoffs are asking about severance plans before signing on. Benefit: More than ever, a good severance plan can help lure the best candidates. Action: Trumpet ...
Don't make the mistake of assuming that your obligation to investigate a harassment complaint ends when the victimized employee quits.
Reason: The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled that employees who ...

Medical costs continue to skyrocket. What's a small business owner to do?

 

In most cases, fringe benefits provided to company bigwigs are exempt from tax only if they are offered to everyone.

 

If you run a small company, it's hard to squeeze in enough exercise time during the week.

Q: My employees sometimes ask my advice about their personal financial affairs. That got me thinking about offering financial counseling from an outside firm as an employee benefit. Can this be offered as a tax-free fringe benefit? C.O., Detroit, Mich.

Severance plan documents sometimes stipulate that employees who are fired "for cause" are disqualified from benefits. That places a burden on plan administrators to fairly review the facts before making a benefits determination. This includes checking out the employer's policies, procedures, and enforcement. If an employer was lax in any of these areas, and benefits were denied, they may be called on the courtroom carpet for violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act  (ERISA).

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued final notice rules under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), which contain changes to notice requirements that have been slightly altered from the proposed rules.

Now that tax-filing season is over, ask yourself one simple question: How satisfied are you with your tax adviser?

The federal government published final rules in April redefining which employees are eligible for overtime pay (see our May 17 issue). Research Recommendations hosted a telephone conference that answered questions on the new rules. Following are excerpts from the audioconference.