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What Happens When Employers Violate Shelter-in-Place Orders?

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

In many states, only essential businesses can stay open to the public and only critical staff can remain at the worksite during the coronavirus pandemic. So what happens when employers ignore the rules? In some jurisdictions, employers can face civil or criminal penalties.

Structuring Expatriate Assignments and the Value of Secondment

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Multinational employers needing to post staff overseas can struggle to structure an expatriate assignment to meet business needs and legal mandates. A "secondment" is one option.

The Importance of Financial Literacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Help American workers—now and in the future—by improving their financial literacy. April is National Financial Literacy Month. To observe this during the current pandemic and thousands of layoffs may seem absurd or insensitive, but it is an opportune time to focus on the importance of employee financial education.

Stay Home and Read Some Winning Poems

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

​The editors of SHRM Certification Update are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 SHRM HR Haiku Contest, celebrating National Poetry Month. During the current crisis, when people are in need of beauty, humor, hope and diversion, poetry is more important than ever.

Organizational Culture: The HR Profession's Performance Review

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

We spend too much time talking about culture and not enough time doing something to change the culture in our own organizations. How an organization's culture evolves is our profession's performance review.

Requirement Change for PDC-Qualifying Work Projects

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

​The COVID-19 crisis, during which HR professionals are tackling unprecedented challenges on short notice, has prompted SHRM to change the time frame requirement for work projects that qualify for professional development credits (PDCs) toward recertification. The revised requirement now focuses only on the number of hours dedicated to a PDC-qualifying work project in the "Advance Your Organization" credit category and eliminates the stipulation of a minimum duration for the project.

Some California Cities and Counties Mandate Face Coverings

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended the use of nonmedical masks or cloth face coverings to help stem the spread of COVID-19, and some locations in California—such as Los Angeles and San Diego—are mandating their use in certain situations.

HR Is at the Frontline of India’s Lockdown

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

How does a company bring essential employees to the workplace when a country is locked down? That’s been the biggest challenge for CHROs of employers in India that provide essential services.

Michigan Extends Retaliation Protections Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

On April 3, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order prohibiting employers from discharging, disciplining or otherwise retaliating against an employee for staying home from work because the employee tests positive for COVID-19, displays principal symptoms of COVID-19, or has had close contact with an individual who has tested positive or has symptoms.

Collaboration Software Vendors Amplify Their Platforms with New Features

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

As demand grows for technologies that allow workers to collaborate and communicate from home, technology providers have responded by adding new features and functions to their platforms to better accommodate both casual and power users.

Predictive-Scheduling Rules Are Unpredictable Due to Coronavirus

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

The deadly coronavirus crisis has upended employment and many employment laws, including rules that govern predictive scheduling. Here's what employers need to know.

Lawmakers Discuss Next Coronavirus Relief Bill as Demand Rises

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Congress is working out the details for the next coronavirus relief bill as banks struggle to meet the demand for payroll-protection loans and a record number of people apply for unemployment benefits.

Employment Screening Challenges Intensify Due to COVID-19

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Employment background screening has been disrupted as employers adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, screenings have been put on hold because courthouses and schools are closed, blocking access to records. In addition, uncertainty about deteriorating business conditions has caused some employers to pull back on hiring.

LTD Benefits May Be Offset by Veteran’s Disability Benefits

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

An insurer did not violate the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act when it deducted an employee’s veteran’s disability benefits from an employer’s long-term disability (LTD) plan benefits.

Former Employee Wasn’t ‘Retired’ Under Company Policy

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

A recent decision of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals highlights the importance of using clear, defined terms in benefits and compensation plans.

Hospitals Face Staffing Shortages, Reduced Budgets in Coronavirus Pandemic

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

​Along with scarcities of masks, beds and ventilators, U.S. hospitals also worry about having enough specialized nurses, doctors and other medical staff as they confront the coronavirus pandemic. The shortages may get worse as care providers get sick themselves or leave their jobs to deal with homebound children or sick family members.

Virtual Happy Hours Help Co-Workers, Industry Peers Stay Connected

Monday, April 06, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is reshaping all aspects of work, including the time-honored tradition of the afterwork happy hour. Employees working remotely—and sometimes their employers and professional resource groups—have gotten creative in adapting to the restrictions on gathering in bars and restaurants by moving happy hour meetups to a virtual format, using video-communication technology like Zoom and Google Hangouts.

Justices Side with Federal Employee in Age-Bias Case but Limit Remedies

Monday, April 06, 2020

A federal employee claiming age discrimination has to show only that age was a factor—rather than the key reason—that the employer made an adverse employment decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled. But the available remedies may be limited.

Pandemic Takes a Toll on Employees’ Emotional Well-Being

Monday, April 06, 2020

With the COVID-19 crisis, the emotional challenges employees are confronting have spiked. Anyone could experience crippling levels of stress and anxiety now, so it's important for HR professionals and people managers to be alert to signs that may indicate employees are struggling to cope.

Employers’ Health Care Costs Expected to Rise Due to Coronavirus

Monday, April 06, 2020

Self-funded health plans could see their claims costs jump 7 percent this year as a result of the pandemic. Both self-funded and fully insured employer plans may see higher premiums in 2021, analysts predict.