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COVID-19 E-FMLA Parental Leave Under the FFCRA

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As the school year gets into full swing, working parents are learning new and creative ways to juggle home and work life. Whether your employees’ children are learning and working from home or spending their days in-person learning, the challenges faced by all are new. For employers, we not only want to do our best to support those who are working and learning from home but also to prepare a support system for parents with children in school, in case of an emergency. The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided additional guidance on how to best support families and when…

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Supporting Your Employees During Return to School

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Return to school this year will look a lot different for your employees and their children.  For some, it may mean a return to the classroom; for others, it will mean juggling e-learning and while working; and for many, it may be a little bit of both. Employers will grapple with how they can best support their employees in a way that is supportive, efficient, and still allows for proper work-life balance. The best advice is for employers to remain flexible. Throughout COVID-19 we have all had to adapt, and intentional, empathetic employers have created a more flexible, family-friendly culture….

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Helping Your Employees Quit: Developing a Smoking Cessation Program

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In the United States, more than 480,000 deaths per year are caused by cigarette smoking, and more than $300 billion is spent annually on treatment and loss of productivity due to cigarette-related illnesses. Despite all the information out there, quitting smoking can be incredibly challenging. Often, people aren’t sure how to start, what resources exist, or how they can gain access. But we know quitting smoking can save lives – and save employers money. Setting up a smoking cessation plan for your organization could have some big long-term benefits. For every employee that successfully quits smoking, experts estimate an organization…

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Five Ways to Nurture Organizational Culture when Working Remote

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Company culture is essential to the comfort and efficiency of any team. It can make employees feel connected, safe, and productive (or it can do the opposite). COVID-19 forced many employers to institute remote working policies; while it can be a challenge to cultivate culture while working remotely, it is no less important than when in-person. Here are some ways that you can work to create, cultivate, and nurture company culture with remote teams. 1. Understand the importance and value of virtual work.  Studies show that remote work, when managed effectively can create a space that encourages creativity, innovation, and…

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Bullying: A Menace in the Workplace

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One-third of American workers say they have experienced bullying in the workplace and while effects may not be immediate, workplace bullying can have serious consequences for your employees and your business. Mental Health America states that over half those experiencing workplace bullying suffer from stress-related health issues, creating a higher rate of absenteeism and ultimately increased turnover. Workplace bullying can sometimes be difficult to recognize and pinpoint once an accusation has been made. Bullying can look like gossip, back-handed compliments, dismissing coworkers in meetings, belittling peers, or setting others up for failure. While bullying can wear many faces, the consequences…

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Employee Incentive Compensation Programs Amid COVID-19

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COVID-19 has thrown everyone for a loop this year, upending existing structures and creating a need to reassess policies and procedures that do not fit our new reality. Companies across the country have risen to the occasion, approaching unexpected issues with compassion, generosity, and empathy. It’s important to look at ways to support employee interests while ensuring organizational success both now and in the long-term. With that, companies across the country are reporting the need to reassess their employee incentive programs and decide where bonuses and commissions are realistic, financially feasible, and an adequate way of showing appreciation for employees….

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Employee Wage Access: Supporting Your Workforce

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When an employee is struggling at home, it can affect their ability to concentrate at work, decreasing productivity and job satisfaction. In 2019, a study reported that four out of ten American workers could not cover unexpected expenses. And, in a COVID world, these numbers are undeniabley much worse. Employees report that the inability to maintain financial stability during a personal crisis affects their ability to perform well at work and pushes them to consider leaving positions in order to seek out new, potentially better paying, opportunities. For business leaders, the struggle to maintain employee loyalty and satisfaction is a…

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COVID Lawsuits: How to Limit Your Exposure

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COVID-19 has brought a myriad of unexpected challenges to small businesses across the world. As our local economies reopen, more challenges are likely to come. One such challenge is the possibility of COVID-related lawsuits. While we do our best to ensure the safety, success, and health of our employees, it is important to be prepared for the possibility of lawsuits and to protect your organization wherever you can. Lawsuits may arise concerning unsafe working conditions, too early recall of employees, discrimination, unlawful layoffs, and potentially unpaid wages. While this can seem like an overwhelming list of items to protect against,…

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Make Virtual Internships Work for You

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Internships can change the trajectory of an individual’s career, empower a potential employee, and create a talent pipeline for organizations that contributes greatly to their success. This year, bringing interns on board looks a little different. In the face of COVID-19 organizations have been forced to decide whether they will go virtual or eliminate internship opportunities. While elimination can feel necessary, there are benefits to keeping internships in a virtual space. 83% of American organizations have altered internships, making them shorter (turning to ‘micro-internships), virtual, or both. Through doing this, they hope to mitigate risk to interns and employees while…

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Is A Thermal Scanner Right for Your Business?

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Organizations across the country are eager to get back to work and looking for ways to make the workplace safe for their employees. As health screenings gain popularity, so are thermal scanners. Ideally thermal scanners, which measure heat on someone’s skill, would offer a way to check employee and client temperatures without close person to person contact. Some sound alarms if reading a temperature over a certain level or alert a staff member who can quietly address the situation. While these may sound ideal, experts strongly suggest that employers do their research before making safety purchases – and that they…

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