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DHS Ending Temporary Policy for Accepting Expired Form I-9 Documents   

Due to COVID-19 and the issues that it presented to employees obtaining new, unexpired documentation in a timely manner, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented a temporary policy starting on May 1, 2020, that allowed employees to present expired List B documents to satisfy the Form I-9 documentation requirements. Now that document issuing authorities … more »

The Benefits of Stay Interviews in Re-Recruiting

Most employers have heard of the concept of exit interviews where a representative of the organization meets with an employee who is leaving the organization to talk through issues such as employee benefits, conversion privileges, repayment of any debts, and to listen as the employee voices suggestions and complaints. In a way, exit interviews that … more »

Employee Burnout in the Workplace

Employee burnout in the workplace is real.  So, what is it and how are employers able to assist employees to get through it? There are many things that employers may do to assist employees who suffer from burnout, but first let’s define what it means. According to Ask and Expert author Ashley Janssen, employee burnout … more »

May Employers Ask Applicants and Employees About Their Vaccination Status?

When asked some employers state that they are allowed to ask applicants and employees about their vaccination status. Others state that they are not allowed to do so as it violates the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOCs) laws.  While under normal circumstances the latter would be true, the EEOC did release COVID-19 guidelines which states … more »

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the Workplace

Preface: The author of this article has suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) since she was a young girl growing up in Michigan and as she continued her career in Indiana.  It not only impacted her ability to concentrate in high school and college, but also impacted her actions in the work environment during her … more »

Will Salary Budgets Increase in 2022?

Organizations generally set their salary increase budgets in the fourth quarter, or earlier, of each year for the following year, e.g., 2021 for 2022. In 2021, salary increase budgets were projected to be between 3% and 3.2%. However, with the rising rates of inflation, employers are currently rethinking their 2022 salary increase budgets. What we … more »

Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans: Which One is a Good Fit for Your Organization?

In the midst of the Great Resignation, many employers are looking at benefit offerings that may be attractive to current and future employees.  As financial well-being is a high priority for those looking for jobs, a retirement savings plan could put employers in a place of advantage in hiring and retaining good employees. Employer-sponsored retirement … more »

Employer Health Plans Must Pay for COVID At-Home Tests and Other Information Employers Should Know

In the ongoing COVID-19 world, employers continue to face daily changes in lengths of quarantine, expectations of vaccinations and boosters, and availability and requirements for testing. In the midst of this, those employers who have over 100 employees have spent the last several months watching the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Emergency Temporary Standard … more »

COVID-19 Vaccination Card Fraud on the Rise

As organizations implement COVID-19 vaccine mandates either requiring employees to be vaccinated, or creating a weekly testing regimen for those employees who are not vaccinated, COVID-19 vaccinations cards are being collected from employees as proof that they have received one of the COVID-19 vaccinations. This follows the November 5, 2021, and as upheld by the … more »

6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Lifts Stay on Vaccine-or-Testing Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS), which was published in The Federal Register on November 5, 2021. (https://federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2021-23643/covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-emergency-temporary-standard) The rule requires businesses with at least 100 employees countrywide to mandate that their employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, or wear a mask and test for COVID-19 at a minimum, … more »

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