Human Resources

From employment law to compensation and benefits, FMLA and hiring and firing and more, Business Management Daily provides comprehensive Human Resources updates.

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Issue: Some utilities and government groups offer businesses free energy audits. Benefit: By suggesting such audits, you position yourself as a strategic thinker looking out for the organization's bottom line. ...

C corporations offer better tax treatment for fringe benefits than S corporations. But don't avoid an S corporation election simply because of fringe benefits.

If parking space is at a premium near your building, you may pay for employees to park their cars in a nearby garage or lot.

If you set up a qualified fringe benefit plan, your company can deduct those parking costs, and the benefit is tax-free to the employees. Unfortunately, your company may pay a pretty penny for its local parking privileges.

Office betting pools are like that five-mile-per-hour buffer above the speed limit—technically illegal but rarely enforced.

But while you probably won't face legal trouble for tolerating betting pools at your workplace, you could face other problems, including declining productivity and potential theft from a desperate, compulsive gambler.

Avoid the temptation to lure star applicants by painting an overly rosy financial picture about your company or making misleading statements about job security.

Never rework compensation packages behind employees' backs. Provide advance notice when making changes that affect their compensation or benefits.

Last year, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) required companies that sponsor large health care plans (more than $5 million in premiums or claims) to start complying with new privacy rules.

This year, it's your turn. Starting April 14, smaller businesses that fall below the $5 million threshold must comply.

If you're renewing your business insurance or changing carriers soon, do some smart, advance planning to earn a good inspection rating. Don't fear such an inspection; it can reduce your premiums 5 to 10 percent.

President Bush this month put forth an ambitious plan to allow undocumented immigrants holding jobs in the United States to earn "temporary worker" status for up to six years.

President Bush signed legislation last month that expands to all 50 states a program that allows employers to go online to verify new hires' Social Security numbers or alien ID numbers for I-9 purposes.