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. Our company has been unable to secure financing and will run out of cash in the next four to six months. We may have to shut down and lay off all 200 workers. At what point do we have to notify employees of the possible closing? —R.Y., Maryland

Q. If a job applicant doesn't mention that he or she is subject to a confidentiality agreement, should we ask? —L.M., Maryland

Q. Our company wants to begin screening applicants for illegal drugs. Can we make job offers conditional on the results of a drug test? —K.P., Louisiana

Q. We have a “stinky employee” problem. How do I go about telling this person that she has a horrible smell and it's now affecting some of my other staff? —S.H., Washington

Q. Our company merged with another company. Are we required to complete a new I-9 form for each employee who worked for the other company, or are these employees "grandfathered" in? —J.M.

Q. Can you please clarify if and when we can offer comp time to our employees? I'm confused. —S.L., West Virginia

Executives from Michigan’s Big Three automakers met with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary Michael Leavitt in late January to sign HHS’s Value-Driven Health Care Initiative ...

Wal-Mart doubled its annual health savings account (HSA) contribution for employees who enroll in high-deductible health plans for 2007. The move might be one for other organizations to consider as they try to enroll employees into HSAs to achieve better health cost savings—for both employer and employee ...

When employees complain that they should be earning overtime, it’s smart to settle up quickly if it’s clear that they’re right. Reason: When you fail to properly pay overtime, the Fair Labor Standards Act allows employees to collect twice what they should have earned ...

The Fair Labor Standards Act is an unforgiving master—you’ll pay if you misclassify an employee without solid, good-faith reasons. Hourly employees that you incorrectly designate as exempt will collect more than time-and-a-half for the overtime they worked ...

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