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