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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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If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard an executive complain about HR. Why the bad rap? Is it deserved? What’s more, how does HR change it? HR professionals can build positive relationships with the C-Suite and management by following these five steps.

The wage gap between men and women is established early in workers’ careers and increases “considerably” in the first 20 years of their working lives, according to new research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The National Ski Areas Association recently wrote to Secretary of Home-land Security John Kelly asking him to more than double the number of H-2B visas granted next winter, from 33,000 to 70,000.

Q. We try to be a flexible workplace and sometimes get requests from employees to work from home for a day or two during school breaks and so on. I don’t have a problem with this for exempt employees, but what about hourly ones? How do we track that time?
Seeing less than desirable performance levels from your new employees? Your onboarding process—or the lack of one—may be to blame.
If you fail to keep tabs and the worker sues, it’s generally his word against yours as to how many hours per day and per week the employee worked. That can result in a big back-pay bill, especially if the court doubles the damages as permitted under both federal and state law.
Does your company offer a supplemental unemployment compensation plan to employees? If that plan pays the equivalent of regular weekly wages, then the employee can’t collect additional unemployment compensation payments from the state system.
Q. The FLSA requires that we pay the full salary for any week in which the exempt employee performs any work. We have a sick leave plan for all employees included in our paid time off—or PTO—plan. If an exempt employee calls off sick, we dock her PTO available, which includes sick or vacation. In other words, our PTO isn’t split into sick and vacation pay. Can we dock this bank until it’s gone before we pay her for nonwork days?
Most employers have a policy that lets employees either roll over unused vacation or cash it out after a certain amount of time has passed.
Here's your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.
A  Pennsylvania woman is suing her former employer claiming she was discriminated against because of her transgender status. The case is making news not just because it involves transgender rights, but because of the unique legal arguments it raises.
Quitting isn’t the way to resolve harassment ... Staffing agency in trouble for sexism ... Moving an office isn’t retaliation
Q. We have searched in the U.S. for a worker to fit a very specialized position at our company to no avail. We are considering using the H-1B program next year. How does the “lottery” process work?
The 2nd and 7th Circuits have recently issued conflicting rulings, with the 2nd Circuit holding that sexual orientation discrimination is not sex discrimination within the meaning of Title VII, and the 7th Circuit holding the opposite.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has remanded a case involving pregnancy discrimination. The trial court will have to decide whether an employer revoked a job offer due to pregnancy.
Americans took an average of 16.8 days of vacation in 2016, up from 16.2 days in 2015. Those extra five hours provide “reason to be cautiously optimistic,” says the enthusiastically pro-vacation advocacy group Project: Time Off.
The EEOC receives over 30,000 harassment complaints each year, and that may just be the tip of the iceberg. One EEOC-com­­missioned survey found that three out of four employees who experience harassment never complain through their employer’s established channels.
New research by ADP has found that a 13% raise is the salary-increase tipping point at which employees will jump to a new job.
The Employee Rights Act would let union members withhold the portion of union dues used to support political activities, require annual union recertification elections and make it illegal for union officials to call for a strike before rank-and-file members vote to walk out.
Q. Can I schedule employees to work every day of the week during our accounting firm’s busy season, or must I give them Sundays off?
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