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Halloween: A COVID-19 Appropriate Workplace Trick or Treat?

While Halloween is not an official holiday like Christmas or Thanksgiving, it is considered the second largest commercial holiday in the United States. According to CNN’s 2020 Halloween statistics based on the National Retail Federation predictions, “More than 148 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, with 53% percent of consumers planning to decorate their … more »

What Employers Need to Understand about an Employee’s Right for Time Off to Vote

With Election Day just around the corner, typically workplace scheduling may involve more adjustments than usual as employees seek to fulfill their civic duty by voting. This year, due to early voting capabilities and mail-in ballots, employees may or may not need time away from work. However, employers are encouraged to review their organizations policies … more »

The FMLA and the Availability of New Forms

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, and as amended, provides that an employee may be eligible for a period of job-protected unpaid leave if he or she meets the criteria set forth in the FMLA regulations (29 CFR Part 825 – https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=039f1af15a43df094376ea8502f56a93&mc=true&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title29/29cfr825_main_02.tpl).  According to the DOL, evidence suggests that adopting flexible … more »

Salary Increase Budgets Decline during the Pandemic

The global pandemic has impacted salary budget planning for the first time in 12-years.  The last time that U.S. employers saw a decline in salary budget increases was during the Great Recession of 2008-2009. WorldatWork’s 2020-2021 Salary Budget Survey, conducted from May through June 2020, with 4,754 responses found that salary increase budgets are still … more »

Recognizing and Managing Employee Burnout in 2020

In what seems like a never-ending effort, organizations continue to increase their throughput on a yearly basis and attempt to do so with the same number of employees from the previous year. In the case of 2020, many organizations are likely doing so with fewer employees due to lay-offs related to the current pandemic. This … more »

Contact Tracing for Employers

Contact tracing has been a controversial topic in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has increasingly drawn more attention from the media, especially as Apple and Google recently announced a partnership on COVID-19 contact tracing and Apple’s most recent iOS update has a “COVID Exposure Notification” feature. Multiple other technology companies are creating … more »

Workplace Claims Due to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have faced new federal, state, and local legislation and guidelines as well as an onslaught of information from media sources as they have tried to understand the implications for their workplaces, keep their businesses afloat, and remain in compliance with all laws. Despite this, the pandemic has created an emotional, … more »

Can Employers Make Employees Wear a Face Covering at Work?

The answer is “yes”.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released guidance that indicates that an employer may require employees to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a face covering, mask, gloves, or gowns in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … more »

Who is the EEOC and What Do They Do?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a bipartisan Commission comprised of five (there are currently two vacancy’s) presidential appointees, including the Chair, Vice Chair, and three Commissioners. In addition to the Commissioners, there is also a presidentially appointed General Counsel to support the Commission and provide direction, coordination, and supervision to the EEOC’s … more »




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