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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The FMLA is supposed to protect employees from losing their jobs when they can’t work due to a serious health condition. Minor maladies such as colds, headaches and body aches usually aren’t enough to merit protected leave. That’s true even if the employee goes to a doctor and gets a prescription, unless the health care provider also tells the worker to return within 30 days for a follow up or otherwise actively monitors the illness.
There’s a strong correlation between employees’ perceptions of their total compensation package and their degree of engagement at work, and employers can strengthen that connection by communicating exactly how much employees’ pay and benefits are really worth.
Speaking at HR Specialist’s 11th annual Labor & Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium in Las Vegas earlier this month, EEOC General Counsel David Lopez said many employers seem to have an unusual workplace discrimination blind-spot.

Employers that opt out the Texas workers’ compensation system may be liable for negligence and face potentially lengthy and complex litigation when an employee is hurt on the job. The best defense may be to follow all OSHA and state workplace safety rules.

If you don’t have a plan in place to respond to a union organizing campaign, now’s a time to draft one. On April 14, controversial new National Labor Relations Board rules took effect, dramatically speeding up the time between initial filing of a union election petition and actual balloting.

When it comes to their at-work dining habits, nearly half of chief executives bring lunch from home, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder.com and Harris Interactive.

Employers with a robust anti-harassment policy can sometimes escape liability if employees unreasonably fail to take advantage of the policy to report alleged harassment. The idea is that employers should have a chance to fix the problem. But if your process is somehow stacked against alleged victims, don’t expect a court to let you off the hook.

Would-be government workers are again taking part in a ritual that had virtually disappeared for 43 years: taking a civil service exam to qualify for jobs with federal agencies.
Employees who feel so harassed that they have no choice but to quit can still sue. Cut your liability for what’s known as constructive discharge by transferring the employee.
Here’s a warning for new supervisors who want to replace long-term employees with individuals of their own choosing: They could be courting a discrimination lawsuit if the replacements belong to a different protected class and aren’t as qualified as those being replaced.
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