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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Even a single comment can be enough to keep a sex discrimination case going—especially if the commentator happens to be a supervisor with firing authority.
Employees facing the end of FMLA or other medical leave are sometimes entitled to additional time off as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. But they have to ask.
Happy receptionists make a good first impression on clients, say execs at Ruby Receptionists in Portland, Ore., who are trying their best to keep their staff of virtual receptionists smiling.
In most cases, employees seeking a promotion or applicants seeking a new job have to actually apply and then be rejected in order to sue over alleged discrimination. Except in very rare cases—when it is obvious that applying would be futile or when the application process is hidden or informal—an application is a prerequisite for a lawsuit.

Do you have a time clock system that employees use to record the hours they work? Make sure it allows hourly employees to record the overtime they work. Otherwise, they may later argue that they worked overtime hours and your time-keeping system was designed to discourage them from tracking those extra hours and getting paid overtime.

Salt Lake City-based Grand America Hotels and Resorts will pay nearly $2 million for hiring undocumented immigrants following a settlement agreement signed in September between the company, federal prosecutors and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
OSHA has issued a final rule that goes into effect Jan. 1. Now is the time to train for it.

If your workplace seems as politically divided as the country, and the atmosphere is getting nasty, it’s time for you to step in. But will you be trampling on employees’ First Amendment rights if you ban all political talk?

If your company is classified as a motor carrier, don’t expect the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (FAAAA) to protect you from misclassification claims. That’s the lesson learned by one motor carrier after a recent Cali­­for­­nia Supreme Court decision.
Should Texas employers be so in­­clined, they may pay employees in Bit­­coins as long as both parties agree to the arrangement.
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