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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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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is aggressively going after employers that don’t take seriously their responsibility to provide a safe workplace—especially those that don’t have a specific violence prevention program in place.

Here’s a decision that may complicate matters for employers that use arbitration agreements to keep employment disagreements out of federal courts.

Over the last 40 years, the average amount of vacation time American workers take has declined by almost four days.

A federal judge in California has issued a ruling that should delight gig economy businesses.

Now that some of the largest companies have transitioned up to 50% of their workforce to contract employees, according to the Wall Street Journal, managers are faced with a unique challenge.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has signaled it will continue to give lots of leeway to employees who act as their own attorneys. 

Some employers like to keep résumés and applications on hand just in case they need to fill a position on short notice. But running frequent ads to generate up-to-date résumés can backfire if you end up terminating someone, even for good cause. He might try to argue that your ad proves you were planning to fire him even before the supposed triggering event occurred.

A federal trial court hearing a Texas case has concluded that employers can’t use expert testimony to tell a jury that a discharge was justifiable based on a review of a worker’s employment records. That’s for a jury to decide.

Former employees who sue over their discharge sometimes try to use their employers’ shifting explanations for the termination as evidence that they were fired for discriminatory reasons.

The number of workers killed on the job reached 5,190 in 2016, the third straight year of increases and the highest number since 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Attracting and retaining top-notch employees ranks as the foremost concern not only among CEOs but also the rest of the C-Suite, including chief financial officers, according to a new report by the Conference Board business group.

If you are certain you can justify your action, don’t be afraid to discipline a worker who has filed a discrimination charge or otherwise opposed alleged discriminatory actions. Generally, courts give employers leeway to discipline as long as they believe they acted in good faith.

The Minneapolis ordinance requires large employers (those with $500,000 or more in gross annual revenue) to pay $15 per hour by July 1, 2022.

The Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General is investigating allegations that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta ordered DOL staffers to quash internal research showing that a proposed rule allowing tip pooling in the hospitality industry would cost employees $5.8 billion per year.

Assertiveness is a key component to being an effective manager, and is particularly important when dealing with difficult employees who thrive on testing your boundaries.

When a worker complains about being underpaid, that may be protected activity and punishing the worker for complaining may be retaliation. Advice: Take all compensation complaints seriously. Make sure supervisors don’t retaliate.

What you designate as essential functions in a job description can make all the difference when faced with an employee who is demanding reasonable accommodations for a disability.

Employees or applicants who want to sue an employer for discrimination generally have to file a complaint with the EEOC or the equivalent state administrative agency within 300 days of the alleged discrimination. Otherwise, they lose the right to do so.

Employees with disabilities who are also eligible for FMLA leave have limited protection from discharge if they miss work because of complications related to their disabilities. However, employers also have a legitimate right to expect workers to show up for work most of the time.

According to CareerBuilder’s Annual Valentine’s Day survey conducted by The Harris Poll, office romance is at a 10-year low, with 36% of workers reporting dating a co-worker, down from 41% last year and 40% in 2008.

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