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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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On Dec. 4, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced the creation of Texas Workforce Solutions, a partnership between the TWC and 28 local work force development boards designed to assist Texans returning to civilian life from military service ...

When it comes to hiring good employees, you know that experience and education aren’t everything. There's nothing wrong with considering such “soft” factors as loyalty and reliability when making hiring decisions. Just make sure you don’t consider things such as disability, FMLA absences or other protected characteristics ...

The Texas Supreme Court has weighed in for the first time on an important interpretation of the Texas Whistleblower Act. Until now, a key term in the act was largely undefined: Exactly what is an “adverse employment action"? ...

It takes more than a trip to the family doctor, a diagnosis and a prescription to establish a disability and qualify for protection under the ADA. Employees who say they are disabled must be able to show that they are substantially impaired in a major life function. And taking medication may mean an employee is not disabled because it can reduce the effects of even serious illnesses ...

When an employee takes leave to deal with a serious health condition, be sure to inform her that you plan to charge the time against her allotment of unpaid FMLA leave. If you fail to do so and the employee later runs out of leave and loses a benefit, it will be relatively easy for her to sue and show she was somehow harmed by the lack of notice ...

It’s important to carefully track each and every step of the promotion process, including the relative qualifications of those vying for open spots on the corporate ladder. Here’s why: Employees who claim they were unfairly passed over have to show that they were “clearly better qualified” than the chosen candidate ...

Texas law says that employees owe a duty of loyalty to their employers, but can still plan to enter into competition with that employer while still employed. That’s why it’s important to protect your trade secrets and business plans by developing a clear, comprehensive and binding noncompete agreement for employees to sign—one that prohibits the poaching of staff and clients and enforces confidentiality ...

Do you have an employee who works under an employment contract? Does the contract provide you with enough flexibility? For example, have you tied your hands when it comes to work assignments or to whom the employee reports? Is there a mechanism for early termination for cause or other economic reasons? Don’t let the complexities of contract law trip you up ...

The IRS has issued a long string of regulations and rulings on “cafeteria plans” over the past 20 years. Even expert tax practitioners have trouble keeping up with all the stops and starts. But a new comprehensive set of proposed regulations look like the real deal. (NPRM REG-142696-05)

In the fall of 2007, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission’s proposed revisions to the rules governing pregnancy discrimination became a hot political topic. Due to some unusual political wrangling, the future of the proposed rule revision is very much in question ...

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