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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Q: “If an employee has requested lifelong, intermittent FMLA leave (worked one year, and worked over 1,250 hours in preceding 12 months), can an employer make a request for updated medical certification once per year? The employee continues to work at least 1,250 hours in a rolling calendar period.” – Anne, Minnesota
Spending on health care benefits was up in 50% of organizations surveyed this year. In contrast, only about a quarter of employers reported spending more on wellness programs and career development.
Binge drinking and the resulting hangovers cost U.S. employers $77 million in lost productivity at work, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When an employee is fired for failing to follow call-off procedures when sick, he may lose unemployment benefits. That’s because violating the rules constitutes willful misconduct.
After the NLRB’s recent decision regarding its new, broader standard for “joint employer” status, it’s time to brush up on the consequences of the joint employer doctrine when engaging third-party contractors.

What you call an employee doesn’t determine whether she’s properly classified as exempt. What matters are her duties. If they are routine and menial in nature, she’s not exempt, even if she holds a lofty title within the organization.

Courts don’t want to micromanage businesses; they are happy to leave specific task assignments to the employer’s discretion. Just be sure to give each employee enough high-level responsibilities so that there isn’t an appearance that a supervisor is a supervisor in name only.

Employee groups have recently raised questions about a new employer tactic to gather names and contact information for potential job prospects.
Eighty percent employers of surveyed offer flexible work arrangements to employees, according to new research by the nonprofit WorldatWork and online career site FlexJobs.
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is looking at regulating schedule-setting in general for all employees across all industries.