Human Resources

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Generally, employees fired for misconduct aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. That’s because payments are due to employees who are unemployed through no fault of their own. But not every mistake counts as misconduct.
The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury have published final rules to amend the definition of excepted benefits to include certain limited wraparound coverage for employees who buy health coverage in the private market, including through Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges.
Q. When an employee calls off sick for more than one day, is there a minimum amount of days off required before an employer can ask for a doctor’s note? Can we ask the specific reason for the absence?
Before rejecting a disabled employee’s request for additional time off as a reasonable accommodation, consider whether the time would allow the employee to return. If not, you probably won’t have to provide the additional leave.

Will my kid flourish by mastering the concrete details of math and science, or would she be better equipped in decades to come with well-honed intangibles, such as communication and teamwork? Or, more likely, will it be some combination of skills that proves most useful? That’s where respondents came down in a recent Pew Research Center survey.

If immediate termination isn’t wanted or warranted, use a last-chance agreement to retain a marginal worker who shows some promise. It will show a court that you acted in good faith before ultimately pulling the termination trigger.
There’s no consensus on the best way for employers to rein in health care costs, but consumer-directed health plans, such as high-deductible coverage paired with a health savings account, have the most support.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has affirmed a Philadelphia jury’s huge verdict against retail giant Walmart. In 2006, the jury concluded the company violated state and federal wage laws when it forced employees to work through unpaid breaks and perform other duties while off the clock.
A flurry of bills signed at the end of the 2014 legislative session attempted to clarify liability in cases of joint employment.
An employee terminated from the Fox TV affiliate in Texas drove to New York City in January and shot himself outside News Corporation’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters.
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