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. I recently discharged some of my employees. How long must I retain their employment records? Are there different rules for electronic records versus paper ones?

Employees who report what they perceive as offensive sexual conduct to their employer may think they are engaged in so-called protected activity. That’s rarely the case. While the sexual activity they observe may indeed be offensive in the workplace, reporting it doesn’t mean the employee suddenly has protection from retaliation.

On July 22, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that amends the New York Human Rights Law by adding a new Section 296-c titled, “Unlawful discriminatory practices relating to interns.”
Q. Our small business sometimes gets calls from loan providers or collection agencies about our em­ployees. What information are we required to give?
A New Jersey woman is suing her former employer, contending she was fired after requesting different hours so she could avoid rush-hour traffic.
The restaurant industry gets four stars from the American public. It achieved the highest positive ratings in a Gallup poll that asked consumers to rank 24 business sectors on a scale ranging from “very positive” to “very negative.” What else got positive reviews?
The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas faces an EEOC age dis­crimination lawsuit after it dismissed a 70-year-old employee.
It’s crucial to keep good records of the hiring process, including tracking applicant experience levels. After all, you never know which applicant will sue, alleging that he was passed over for a discriminatory reason.
Answering reference calls? Don’t think all responses are protected by “free speech” rights.
Faced with declining revenues and staff shortages that mean more overtime hours, managers may be tempted to adjust time records to reflect fewer hours worked. But this is a dangerous tactic.
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