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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 California Division of Occupational Safety and Health—known as Cal/OSHA—is issuing more citations to employers that violate a General Industry Safety Order requiring employers’ first-aid materials to be approved by a consulting physician.

More than three quarters (76%) of workers say they lack trust in supervisors who can’t tear themselves away from their smartphones during a conversation or meeting.

Supervisors must be careful about how they handle discussions about employee disabilities. Comments the boss considers innocuous might feel very different to a disabled worker, and that can lead to needless litigation.

California law AB-450, which went into effect Jan. 1, makes it unlawful for employers to consent to give access to “any nonpublic area of a place of labor” to an immigration enforcement agent without a search warrant signed by a judge, or to give access to employee records without a subpoena or a search warrant.

The big tax bill signed into law around Christmas includes a welcome new federal tax credit for employers that offer paid family and medical leave to their employees. But pay attention to the fine print—not every employer can take advantage.

The stock market is soaring. The unemployment rate continues to shrink. Consumer confidence just registered a 17-year high. Yet a new survey just revealed that U.S. employees feel more financially vulnerable than they have in several years.

Confidential sexual harassment settlements will cost more under tax reform legislation enacted at the end of December.

Smart employers always make employment decisions based on solid, business-related reasons. Then they document the decision-making process.

Do you offer an extended training period for newly hired workers who will be performing high-skill, exempt administrative jobs? If so, you may have to treat them as hourly workers during the training period when they are not actually performing work, but learning how to do their new jobs.

Citing rules against discussing personnel matters, Rochester, Minn. city officials are remaining silent concerning a $1 million payout to a 25-year veteran of the city’s police force who was disciplined after making controversial online comments about current events.

Forty-four percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the New Year and 51% will hire temporary employees, according to a new Harris Poll sponsored by CareerBuilder.

Workers who are fired for breaking a workplace rule generally aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation. That’s because rule-breaking may constitute willful misconduct, which bars benefits.

In order to get past the first stage of a discrimination lawsuit, a worker has to present at least a prima facie case showing that something discriminatory may have occurred.

This year’s flu season is suddenly shaping up to be worse than public health officials expected. To keep your employees healthy and keep your business running smoothly despite the influenza outbreak, it pays to launch an impromptu flu awareness campaign.

In news that may spell trouble in 2018 for Minnesota employers, it appears that the state’s unemployment rate is steadily declining to lows not seen in decades.

Sometimes, a long-term and apparently successful employee may not adjust well to a new supervisor—especially if that supervisor brings new or different performance expectations about the employee’s job.

Some workers may feel that being given a difficult assignment is discriminatory, especially if others outside the worker’s protected class don’t have to do similar work. Having a business-related reason for the assignment will persuade a judge that discrimination wasn’t a factor.

Employees sometimes think telling their boss they’re eager to advance is the same as applying for a promotion. It’s not. They will have a hard time winning a failure-to-hire lawsuit if the employer has a formal application process.

Former “Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor alleges his firing from Minnesota Public Radio was completed without a proper investigation of sexual harassment allegations made against him.

The top 10 settlements in employment-related categories totaled a record high of $2.72 billion—nearly $1 billion more than 2016.

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