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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 »

Recent Rulings by the National Labor Relations Board

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was created in response to the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (NLRA) to be “an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employees’ rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair … more »

Employer Considerations for Unexpected Workplace Closures Due to Inclement Weather

In bygone days, many workplaces held a policy, whether clearly articulated or unspoken, that business operations must never shut down. However, in recent years, as company branding and employee-friendly workplaces have become more popular, employers have begun to re-think their “always open” policies during inclement weather. Of course, when a blizzard strikes or a state … more »

What is an Employee Assistance Program?

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are employer-sponsored employee benefit programs created to help employees handle issues that may be negatively affecting their health and well-being and in turn, impacting their productivity at work. According to the 2018 SHRM Employee Benefits Research Report, 78 percent of surveyed employers offered an EAP. Those same employers found EAPs to … more »

New Rule: Defining the “Regular Rate” of Pay under FLSA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule that will take effect on January 15, 2020, with regards to what is considered the “regular rate” of pay for nonexempt employees with regards to the calculation of overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Currently, the FLSA states that the … more »