Human Resources

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In severance agreements, employers typically require employees to sign promises not to file employment-related lawsuits. But don't try to include FMLA rights in that
waiver.
Why? A new ruling ...

To focus on the best applicants, many employers turn to personality tests. Twenty years of research seem to support their decision. After all, research has established definitive links between specific personality traits and various aspects of job performance. Take note, though, that for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that personality tests that screen for mental illness are likened to medical exams, and therefore, are illegal to administer to employees/applicants.

All work and no play can make Jack (or Jill) a disgruntled employee or client. So, you may decide to treat some of your top customers or valued employees to an outing as the summer draws to a close. By knowing the tax-law rules for entertainment costs, you can double your pleasure with top-dollar write-offs.

Q: We're a midsize company and plan to introduce a SIMPLE plan for our employees. But we're close to the 100-employee maximum. Do we have to count part-timers even if they won't be eligible for the SIMPLE plan? E.M., Corpus Christi, Texas

The election requirements of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) stipulate that a qualified beneficiary must have a minimum of 60 days to elect COBRA coverage, and the election period can end no sooner than 60 days of the later of the date coverage is lost or the date that notice to the qualified beneficiary is sent.

It seems that more and more companies are taking advantage of their right to monitor their employees' e-mail. In one survey, 55% of companies monitored workplace e-mail. Another survey of companies with 1,000 or more workers revealed that 63% either employ or plan to employ staff to read or otherwise analyze outbound e-mail.

Chase your fears out into the open and pick them off, one by one.
HR professionals assume that employees, on average, waste 56 minutes per day at work. But the truth is that U.S. employees admit to squandering more than two hours a day, says ...
THE LAW. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) makes it illegal to discriminate in the work-place against people over age 40 on the basis of their age. The law ...
If your job-screening process includes personality testing, review that test now to see if it includes any questions that could be considered "medical inquiries" revealing a person's mental disability. And check ...