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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.

The U.S. Equal Employment Oppor-tunity Commission (EEOC) is taking a fresh look at age discrimination in retiree health benefit plans. The commission rescinded its policy that had said employer plans ...
To protect employee exemptions from overtime, make sure your sick leave policy defines which classifications would not be subject to pay deductions. In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court said employees ...
Lisa Russell was rated "excellent" and received a bonus of $807. So what's her gripe? An African-American co-worker received a higher rating of "outstanding" and a bonus of $1,355. Russell, who ...
When Congress reconvenes, one of the hottest issues will be whether to add new teeth to a five-year-old federal mental-health parity law. Under the law, companies offering mental health coverage ...
Corrections officers in Pima County, Ariz., couldn't run out to Burger King at lunch. During their half-hour lunch break, they were relieved of their duties but still had to stay on ...
Imagine that an employee posts confidential information about your company on an Internet message board. What do you do? One company sued the message-board site to learn the identity of the ...
Before you pile extra work on employees without paying overtime, make sure you've correctly classified your workers. A California jury recently ordered Farmers Insurance Exchange to pay overtime to 2,400 ...
More lawyers are offering services a la carte to attract small businesses. Example: An attorney charges separate fees for negotiating a settlement, drafting a legal document, moving paperwork through the legal ...
Shirley Hoffman was a whiz at her indexing job at Caterpillar Inc. She moved faster than almost anyone, even though she was born without a left arm below the elbow. Several ...
Interstate Brands Corp. had an unwritten policy that required a doctor's note to confirm all absences caused by a work-related injury. When Cynthia Bausman didn't produce ...
When Larry Skerski began working as a cable technician, about half his job involved climbing ladders, poles and towers. But a decade into his job, he developed a panic disorder when ...
Job descriptions at Northern States Power Co. make it an "essential function" for customer service reps to handle emergency calls like gas leaks and downed power lines. Loretta Emerson handled ...
Cathy Collings wanted to fire one of her employees, a state social worker, because he refused to license homosexuals as foster parents. The worker said that his religious beliefs prevented it. ...
All patients at Topeka State Hospital posed a danger to themselves or others. Staff members knew that, and the hospital regularly required workers to sign job description documents that mentioned the ...
The male workers at an Azteca restaurant constantly mocked Antonio Sanchez for his effeminate ways. They swore at him and referred to the waiter as "she" and "her." Sanchez finally ...
Rhode Island recently became the second state to protect transsexuals from employment bias, adding "gender identity or expression" to its anti-discrimination law. The law also covers "gender-related expression," which gives protection ...
Look into turning your back-office duties over to a professional employer organization (PEO). New trends and fresh players have heightened competition among PEOs, which serve as a "co-employer" and handle recruiting, ...
Look for the U.S. Supreme Court to tackle several important business issues this fall, including what constitutes a disability and when a claim is officially filed. The court will open its ...
I declined a promotion to a newly created HR position. It wasn’t a good fit for me. Since the hiring of the HR person, I get a sense my work no longer is valued.
I supervise a moody employee. At least twice a week, I stop by her office to say hi and she’s glum.