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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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Back when Congress was debating the initial passage of the FMLA, there was considerable discussion about what kinds of illnesses would entitle an employee to FMLA protection. If in doubt, ask for a medical certification. Decide whether to approve or deny FMLA leave based on what the certification says.
The EEOC has sued Worthington-based Davis Typewriter after a manager streamed video from a company surveillance tape on his computer—allegedly so he could ogle a female subordinate’s breasts.
The nonprofit HR organization WorldatWork has urged the Securities and Exchange Commission to reject proposed regulations that would require corporations to report the ratio of CEO pay to that of median employee pay.
"Head shunting" defined: Secretly hiring a head hunter to woo an ineffective employee and shepherd him or her through a job search culminating in placement elsewhere.
New federal subpoena rules that took effect Dec. 1 mean that employers may not have to travel so far to give depositions in civil lawsuits or testify in out-of-state trial courts.
The EEOC claims managers at a Farmers Insurance Exchange office in Fresno scapegoated two Asian-American adjusters after an improper coding scandal came to light. It also asserts a white adjuster was fired in retaliation for cooperating with the EEOC’s investigation.
The Minnesota Senate has finally settled with former legislative aide Michael Brodkorb, who sued after he was fired in the wake of a romantic affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch.
Offering a public employee the option to retire rather than face a disciplinary hearing that could result in discharge isn’t an adverse employment action. Therefore, it can’t be the basis of an employee’s discrimination lawsuit.

President Obama on Dec. 4 voiced his support for a Senate bill that would increase the national minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. House Republicans oppose it, so the measure is unlikely to pass between now and the 2014 elections. However, half of Americans already live in states and locales with higher minimum wages than the federal rate of $7.25.

Here’s a good reason to check with your insurance agent on your vehicle accident coverage. A California appellate court has ruled that when an employer requires an employee to use her personal vehicle to visit clients or conduct other company business, the employer may be liable for injuries if she causes an accident.
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