While most employers are in various stages of return-to-work plans, OSHA has just issued a 24-page guide for employers that includes recommendations on workplace accommodations, as well as social distancing and face masks. 3-phase approach OSHA’s Guidance on Returning to Work recommends a three-phase approach: • Phase 1: Make remote work available if possible. To […]
You work hard to make all of your benefits communications as good as they can be. But where does all that work end up? It can be tough for you to know how effective your communications have been. You’re not alone. Studies have shown that as many as 40% of companies can’t effectively measure internal […]
As employers direct their remote or furloughed employees back to the workplace, many are trying to accommodate the individual needs of some of their employees. However, they shouldn’t exclude pregnant or older workers, or those with children, in their return-to-work plans, according to new EEOC guidance. “Even if motivated by benevolent concern, an employer isn’t permitted […]
For many benefits pros, intermittent FMLA leave can be burdensome, but now it’s even more complex as to when to allow employees to take the incremental time off under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). During the pandemic, the DOL is encouraging firms to be flexible in allowing employees who have children at […]
Every workplace has negative people who erode morale. They’re not always easy to pick out of a crowd, but they can do an amazing amount of damage over time.
Human Resources is at the front lines of employers’ response to the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis is forcing almost every business to immediately develop, adapt or improve remote work policies and procedures. As HR pros struggle to keep employees safe and informed, it helps to think about what changes will be more permanent and how […]
The COVID-19 pandemic is the ultimate game-changer that has turned many things, especially business, on its head. In response, most companies are implementing work-from-home-arrangements for employees so they can keep things running. Along with all the cautions about online scams and email phishing, another pitfall awaits: It’s possible that without a legally sound remote work […]
Flex plans and telecommuting have become essential to maintaining operations. And it’s important to remember that, while a necessity in many cases, these work options carry some thorny legal issues.
It’s almost intern season – when college students are out for the summer and look to build their resume. You’ll recall that last year, the DOL dropped its strict “six-factor test” for determining whether an intern qualifies as an employee entitled to at least minimum wage and overtime pay, under the FLSA. Under this test, […]