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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 »

Evaluating the Performance of Remote Employees

Many organizations are now faced with the task of managing and evaluating remote employees more than ever before. One may argue that managing and evaluating employees are the two most crucial pieces of operating a successful business. After all, employees are the essential ingredient to the operations of any business and without them, there may … more »

Return-to-Work Considerations Following COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders

As many organizations and their leaders wade through the many requirements of employees returning to work safely following arguably one of the biggest business challenges they have faced so far, their employees are going to have questions and concerns. Employees are going to expect that their employers will have the answers to their questions. It … more »

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT) Overview

While global pandemics and more-localized epidemics have occurred over the years, they have not affected the workplace in the United States on a magnitude quite like the COVID-19 pandemic. Many employers have prepared for weather-related emergency closures but, until recently, far fewer have considered contingency planning for illness-related closures or government “stay-at-home” orders. Consequently, many … more »

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Employers

Over the last several weeks the media, professional organizations, federal agencies, legal firms, you name it, have been commenting on the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), much is unknown about how the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads. However, in all … more »

Flexible Work Arrangements and Your Workforce

Are employers looking to increase productivity in their workplace?  Flexible work arrangements may be one of the “keys” to the success of increased productivity.  However, which one is “right’ for your organization?  This is a question that must be asked as baby boomers (individuals born between 1946 and 1964), leave the workforce and Gen X … more »

Potential Nationwide Ban on Most Employment Credit Checks

In the past, hiring managers, human resources departments, and business owners in all states have utilized employment credit checks on applicants and it has proved to be relatively controversial, even when used appropriately. Fast forward to 2020 and a growing number of states and local governments have passed laws limiting the use of employment credit … more »

Marijuana in the Workplace in 2020

For years, the landscape surrounding marijuana and its uses, whether it be for medical use or recreational use, has been ever-changing. Since Colorado became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use in 2000, and ultimately leading the charge in legalizing marijuana for recreational use in 2012, a total of 33 states and Washington … more »




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