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Back-to-School Tips for Working Parents During COVID-19

Posted by Angie Garcia on Sep 3, 2020 3:15:00 PM

Schools across the United States are opening their doors – virtually and many physically, too – to students this fall. The logistics of teaching and school openings, like many businesses, vary. This has left many working parents to try and figure out how to juggle work and their children’s school.

Whether you’re sending your children back into the classroom or enrolling them in virtual learning from home, schedules may still be far from normal. Regardless, the key to success for working parents during this time is to stay safe and organized.

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Topics: Human Resources, remote work, stress management, work from home, COVID-19, Back-to-school

FMLA Updates

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Sep 2, 2020 11:05:00 AM

What is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that became effective in 1993. It allows eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job protected leave for specified family and medical reasons.

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Topics: Human Resources, human capital

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives for HR

Posted by Haley Crum on Aug 18, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Studies show that businesses that hire diverse candidates and emphasize inclusion have a leading edge in innovation, global perspective, and revenue. However, the benefits of developing a diverse and inclusive workplace far exceed helping an organization take the lead competitively – they'll also foster an environment of respect, equity, and empowerment among employees.

Read on to learn why you should focus on diversity and inclusion for HR and how to implement a program that makes an impact.

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Topics: Human Resources, Diverse and inclusive workplace, Business strategy

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

U.S. Supreme Court Ruled Federal Anti-Bias Law Protects LGBTQ Workers

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Jun 23, 2020 11:21:32 AM

In a 6 to 3 vote on Monday, June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that workplace discrimination because of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity is unlawful discrimination “because of Sex” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is the federal employment law that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, and sex. The law applies to employers with 15 or more employees who worked for the employer for at least 20 weeks of the current or preceding calendar year. Employers may not refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against "any individual" with respect to his or her pay and terms and conditions of employment based on the individual's sex, according to the statute.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR policies

3 Steps for Employee Records Retention

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on May 19, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, employee medical information and confidentiality has become an especially important topic. During the crisis, employers may see employee medical information such as a doctor’s note advising an accommodation for a high-risk employee; an employee request for FFCRA sick leave due to COVID-19 symptoms; or results from an employee’s medical test such as a temperature check before the employee re-enters the workplace.

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Topics: Human Resources, employee record retention, personnel records, i-9 form

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