Sunday July 12, 2020

Coronavirus compliance: Sick leave guidance for employers

Firms are updating paid sick leave policies as the House introduced a bill that would mandate employers offer paid sick leave to their employees, both in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The push for federal paid sick leave legislation is getting stronger, as the quickly-spreading coronavirus has been designated a pandemic, causing concerns that […]

Post-pandemic, back-to-work compliance: New regs, policies

Now that some states are beginning to bring employees back to work after the coronavirus lockdown, employers need to be on top of their game with employee safety concerns and compliance with new regs. Asking employees to return to work and providing a safe workplace for them will be challenging. Amidst layoffs, furloughs and emergency […]

COVID-19: EEOC issues new guidelines

What can employers ask workers and disclose to them about the coronavirus? The EEOC recently hosted a webinar offering much-needed guidelines to employers on a host of topics that are upending businesses as they navigate through the pandemic. Making inquiries In line with the EEOC’s online guidance, which was issued in March, the agency emphasized […]

Coronavirus: Staying safe, compliant with federal regs

Employers have been quick to take preventive measures – imposing sharp restrictions on travel, canceling conferences and instructing employees to work at home – during the coronavirus outbreak. But it’s critical for employers to stay compliant with the CDC, ADA, EEOC, HIPAA and FMLA in the face of the new illness, especially when it comes […]

Avoiding COVID-19 lawsuits and reputational damage as employees return to work

As organizations of all kinds prepare to reopen facilities and bring employees back onsite as the COVID-19 crisis eases, HR pros need to be ready to advise leadership of both potential legal risks and how to protect against long-term damage to their reputation. And there is one risk factor that many executives, and even legal […]

5 keys to caring personally while challenging directly

Balancing between caring personally and challenging colleagues directly during the pandemic is more important than ever, as many employees find themselves being informal coaches/mentors for one another. We’re listening to “ZOOMed” stories that can be hard to hear and responding to emotions that are hard to witness. To keep your workplace resilient, it’s important to […]

Survey Monkey: Employee satisfaction is up – a smidge

CNBC and SurveyMonkey together polled over 9,000 workers in the U.S. to measure the impacts of COVID-19 on employee satisfaction. Nearly half of all respondents (48%) noted they are currently doing their jobs remotely. Among all workers—working at home or not—the latest results show an uptick in employee happiness: the survey’s Workforce Happiness Index is […]

Connecticut Return to Work Guidelines

For weeks, many states issued mandatory stay-at-home orders to help combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The road to reopening Connecticut’s economy will likely require a phased-in approach that will consider hospitalization numbers, widespread COVID-19 testing and detailed tracking of infections in different regions, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has announced. When Connecticut employers reopen and employees […]

Maryland Return to Work Guidelines

For weeks, many states issued mandatory stay-at-home orders to help combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan is designed to get Maryland moving again as quickly as possible in a safe, gradual and effective way. No firm dates have been set. Hogan has released a […]

New Jersey Return to Work Guidelines

For weeks, many states issued mandatory stay-at-home orders to help combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home Executive Order, which has been in effect since March 21st, will remain in effect in its entirety until further notice.  When New Jersey employers do reopen and employees return to work, they are under […]