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How Employers Can Help Working Parents During the New School Year

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Aug 13, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Back in March, when we were scrambling to react to COVID-19, many were faced with challenges related to childcare schools began switching to remote learning and places of care were shutting down. Many working parents remained hopeful that these difficulties would subside if they just made it to summertime.

Now, summer is coming to an end, and we’re headed into yet another school year, but not how we expected to. With coronavirus cases still present, and schools remaining uncertain about openings and the logistics of teaching, many employees are facing the continued challenges of juggling work and childcare during this pandemic.

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Topics: families first coronavirus response act, coronavirus, Back-to-school

New York Ruling Creates Uncertainty over Parts of the FFCRA

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Aug 10, 2020 7:45:00 AM

In response to COVID-19, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on March 18, 2020, and became effective on April 1, 2020. The U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations to assist employers and employees with compliance on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA. Shortly after the DOL issued its FFCRA regulations, the state of New York filed a lawsuit.

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Topics: families first coronavirus response act, coronavirus

How to Manage Workplace Fatigue During COVID-19

Posted by Greg Andress on Aug 4, 2020 1:30:00 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has created a world of concerns, impacting almost every aspect of work and life. For many individuals, stress is at an all-time high with emerging worries about our physical health, concerns for our loved ones’ safety, and for some, longer work hours and added responsibilities. The strenuous demands of work, added to the stress brought on by COVID-19, is a recipe for mental and physical burnout leading to worksite mishaps.

Read on to learn ways you can help your employees manage workplace fatigue.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation, workplace safety, coronavirus

Rising COVID-19 Employment Claims and Lawsuits

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Jul 17, 2020 9:35:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread disruption in the United States, with governments at all levels grappling between the health and safety of their citizens and the need to keep the economy running. Business owners are eager to keep their companies operational and are contending with complying with all types of federal, state, and local regulations. In addition to facing the pandemic’s impact on the economy and their employees’ safety, businesses are now taking yet another hit: claims and lawsuits.

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Topics: Human Resources, coronavirus

Best Practices for Reopening Your Business

Posted by Greg Andress on Jul 1, 2020 9:37:00 AM

States across the country have begun moving through reopening phases amid the coronavirus pandemic, and many businesses that were previously closed, or had employees working off-site, are transitioning back to somewhat normal business operations.

Guidance on reopening businesses has been issued by government-level health and safety organizations, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Even cities and counties nationwide are issuing ordinances and enforcement policies of their own to keep their communities safe.

In an effort to get employees back on track efficiently and safely, company policies and practices related to reopening should keep both the physical and mental health and wellbeing of their employees and customers at the forefront of their strategy.

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Topics: coronavirus, reopening business, COVID-19

FAQs: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Mar 27, 2020 11:16:11 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) are effective on April 1, 2020. President Trump signed the order on March 18, 2020, and it stated that leave provisions would take effect not later than 15 days after the enactment, leading many to assume the DOL would implement the law on April 2, 2020. We now know it will be a day sooner.

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Topics: families first coronavirus response act, coronavirus, FFCRA

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