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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This finally may be the year Congress authorizes association health plans, which would allow small businesses to participate in health insurance plans through trade associations that span state lines. The House ...
The EEOC published a Q&A document last month explaining when cancer is a "disability" under the ADA and how you should accommodate employees with cancer.
More than 1 million Americans ...
Issue: A recent court ruling says certain employment personality tests may violate the ADA.
Risk: If your test screens out people with mental disorders, it could be deemed an illegal ...
Several government agencies are alerting business owners that they don't need to pay for most forms and posters they're required to use and post in
their workplaces. Those documents are ...
Issue: How to handle employees who claim disability benefits but also want ADA-related job accommodations.
Risk: Sometimes, you must offer those accommodations, sometimes you don't. One mistake can trigger an ...
To file a legal workplace discrimination claim with the EEOC, employees must show that the alleged discrimination occurred within a certain time frame or filing "threshold." Now, the EEOC has revised ...
Issue: Many states require organizations to allow public access to their restrooms.
Risk: You, like many employers, may be unaware of this code. One complaint can trigger a fine and ...

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