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San Francisco Issues Back-to-Work Emergency Ordinance

Monday, July 13, 2020

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance creating a right of reemployment for certain employees laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

California Places More COVID-19 Related Restrictions on Businesses

Monday, July 13, 2020

On July 1, as a result of rapid increases in the number of COVID-19 cases throughout California, Gov. Gavin Newsom instructed businesses in 19 counties across the state to roll back their reopenings for at least three weeks.

Employers Embrace 'Resilience Through Rewards' Strategies

Monday, July 13, 2020

During a time of crisis, businesses can use their rewards programs to enhance employee and organizational resiliency—the ability to bounce back from personal and companywide setbacks.

DOL Scales Back on Double Damages in Prelitigation Settlements

Monday, July 13, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has stopped seeking double damages—referred to as liquidated damages—in many cases that it settles before suing. 

Viewpoint: How to Be a Better Ally to Your Black Colleagues

Sunday, July 12, 2020

In this article, professor Stephanie Creary brings together more than a decade's worth of insights on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, Black employees' experiences and a framework she developed to propose how company leaders—particularly people managers—who are well-positioned to support Black employees might all leap to become better allies in DEI work.

How to Confront Intellectual Property Theft by Employees

Sunday, July 12, 2020

The United States and China signed a historic trade agreement in January 2020, which included provisions on respecting intellectual property rights and enforcement against misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential business information. But many experts are skeptical about the agreement will be honored. The FBI has more than 1,000 intellectual property theft cases open involving individuals associated with China. Those thefts have cost the United States nearly $500 billion a year, experts say.

Stressful but ‘Amazing Time’ to Be an HR Professional

Friday, July 10, 2020

​For many HR professionals at small businesses, the past few months have been like trudging through a hurricane with a leaky umbrella. Out of that madness, many HR professionals have emerged as essential members of the executive team, working on the top questions of the day.

What Are the Signs of Burnout and How Can Supervisors Help Employees?

Friday, July 10, 2020

What are the signs of employee burnout, and how can managers help employees deal with the stress they're feeling?

Final Rule Makes It Easier for Federal Workers to Stop Paying Union Dues

Friday, July 10, 2020

Federal workers can revoke their union membership and stop paying dues any time after the first year under a Federal Labor Relations Authority final rule.

Ask HR: Can Companies Require Masks?

Friday, July 10, 2020

Employers may absolutely require workers to wear masks. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states employers can require employees to wear masks or other protective clothing, such as gloves and gowns, during a pandemic.

Empowering Employees Before, During and After the Pandemic

Friday, July 10, 2020

​Employee empowerment is a management philosophy that emphasizes the importance of giving employees the autonomy, resources and support they need to act independently and be held accountable for the decisions they make.

Hospital Nurse Cannot Go Forward with Meal and Rest Period Claims

Thursday, July 09, 2020

A registered nurse who sued the hospital where she had worked for failure to provide meal and rest periods, among other claims, could not go forward with her lawsuit, a California appellate court ruled.

City Failed to Reasonably Accommodate Police Officer with Dyslexia and ADHD

Thursday, July 09, 2020

A California appeals court upheld a lower court's award of almost $3 million to a city police officer who had dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

IRS Issues Further Guidance on 401(k) Withdrawals, While Participants Hold Steady

Thursday, July 09, 2020

The IRS recently issued additional guidance on the eased rules for hardship withdrawals that 401(k) and similar defined contribution retirement plans can put in place under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted in March. New data show, however, that an expected surge in plan withdrawals hasn't happened.

Ontario Government Issues COVID-19-Related Job-Protected Leave

Thursday, July 09, 2020

The Ontario government has temporarily changed its employment standards legislation to help employers avoid laying off employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1.3 Million Workers File for New Unemployment Benefits

Thursday, July 09, 2020

States reported that 1.3 million U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending July 4. First-time claims have fallen for 14 straight weeks since hitting a record 6.8 million in late March. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits dropped to 18 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 14 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment.

Taking Care of Your Employees and Yourself During the Pandemic

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Across the world, managers and HR professionals are trying to figure out how to balance the needs of the organization with the needs of the staff against the backdrop of changing coronavirus data and related rules and regulations. Often, they regard their self-care as secondary to the help they provide the people they serve. Take some time to take care of yourself, too.

How to Prosper When HR Is Understaffed

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Don't panic when the HR department is understaffed, whether due to summer vacations, unfilled positions or team members working fewer hours as they wrestle with child care or illness during the COVID‑19 pandemic. Here are some tips to lead your team through the strain.

It's Time to Talk About Race

Thursday, July 09, 2020

It's better for people of different races to talk about their different experiences than to avoid difficult discussions, says columnist Jathan Janove. By sharing our stories and backgrounds, we build trust and understanding. A bond forms that would not otherwise exist.

Facial Analysis Technology in the Workplace Brings Risks

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Facial recognition technology has been under the microscope as organizations and lawmakers re-evaluate its use in the wake of global protests about racial injustice. Technology giants Amazon, IBM and Microsoft all recently announced that they would stop selling facial recognition technology to police departments in the United States, citing the technology’s potential for violating human rights and concerns about racial profiling.