workplace

August 10, 2020

2021 Benefits Planning and COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wage on, its effects on benefits planning for next year are being felt—especially as open enrollment season approaches. According to Mercer’s Global Survey #5, 20% of employers surveyed said updating benefits programs to better meet employee needs was an HR area in which companies are seeing an increased need...

August 5, 2020

Testing Strategy for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in High-Density Critical Infrastructure Workplaces after a COVID-19 Case Is Identified

Workers in critical infrastructure sectors may be permitted to work if asymptomatic after potential exposure to a confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), provided that worker infection prevention recommendations and controls are implemented. Outbreaks of illness among workers in food-producing facilities and surrounding communities have raised unique questions that identified the need for testing for COVID-19 to supplement...

August 4, 2020

How Social Distancing is Impacting Workplace Culture

HOW SOCIAL DISTANCING IS IMPACTING WORKPLACE CULTURE As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, one guideline that is likely to last beyond this year is social distancing. Employers have a responsibility to keep employees healthy and safe, and that duty is informing their return-to-work strategies. For instance, some organizations are keeping employees at home to...

July 31, 2020

Here is What’s in the Senate GOP $1 Trillion ‘HEALS Act’ Package

HERE IS WHAT’S IN THE SENATE GOP $1 TRILLION ‘HEALS ACT’ PACKAGE WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans on Monday announced an approximately $1 trillion stimulus package that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said probably will represent lawmakers’ last major legislative response to the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Republicans’ legislation, titled the “HEALS Act,” is expected to...

July 21, 2020

DOL Releases More Q&As on Workplace Laws and Coronavirus

DOL RELEASES MORE Q&AS ON WORKPLACE LAWS AND CORONAVIRUS On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the agency’s publication of additional guidance on applying federal employment laws in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is in the form of questions and answers added to sets of Q&As the agency...

July 14, 2020

5 Ways COVID-19 Is Reshaping HR

5 WAYS COVID-19 IS RESHAPING HR The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has upended the entire world, it seems. With fluctuating infection rates and conflicting official guidance, organizations will need to adapt quickly if they want to succeed in the post-coronavirus landscape. HR teams stand at the forefront of these efforts. For years, HR departments have been...

June 25, 2020

Determining Whether a COVID-19 Case Is Workrelated

DETERMINING WHETHER A COVID-19 CASE IS WORK RELATED The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created massive change and concern for employers and employees across the world. Even as businesses reopen and employees return to their new normal, the risk of becoming exposed to and ill with COVID19 is still present. When an employee reports they have...

May 21, 2020

Dealing With COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety

  DEALING WITH COVID-19 STRESS AND ANXIETY      If you’re feeling stressed and anxious during these uncertain times, you’re not alone. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly 60% of Americans reported daily stress and worry due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  While experiencing stress or anxiety over the health and economic fears brought...