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Getting the Most out of Your EAP During these Most Challenging times

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In the United States, job-related stress is the leading workplace health problem. And, Covid-19 has only exacerbated the problem. Employers across the country have attempted to mitigate costs and decrease burnout for their employees by implementing Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). EAPs can help employees manage stress, find resources for financial struggles, or gain access to tools that can improve self-care or help with mental illness treatment. Studies show that effective use of an EAP can improve an employee’s productivity and decrease medical costs, saving organizations well over $1,000 per employee but employees do not seem to be using them. According…

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Gig Workers and the FLSA

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The American workforce has more freelance and “gig-workers” than ever. In fact, experts believe that they will make up almost 40% of the workforce in the next five years. Organizations are consistently finding themselves working with freelance employees and unsure whether they should be covered as a worker under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or if they are an independent contractor. On September 22nd, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that, if passed, would clarify the difference and how freelance workers should be treated. Here are a few things you need to know about that…

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Expense Reimbursement During COVID-19

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COVID-19 forced many American workers to go remote.  With offices closed, this created unanticipated business-related costs in order for employees to do their jobs effectively. Research shows that 56% of American workers were not able to bring items from work home and 37% were not reimbursed for purchases they made in order to work from home. While federal law has minimal requirements in this area, many states are addressing the issue with additional legislation, and employers across the country are asking themselves if they should be reimbursing remote workers for expenses, especially if they’re choosing to continue remote work. Experts…

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Should You Provide Hazard Pay During COVID-19?

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COVID-19 has shown our nation who the most essential workers are across the board. With that, hazard pay has come to the forefront of employee and employer minds. Essential workers are unable to quarantine and many continue to be public-facing during high-risk times. The question many are asking is whether or not these employees should in-fact be given hazard pay for that risk. While the Department of Labor (DOL) doesn’t require employers to pay hazard pay, it may be something you want to consider for those employees who remain public-facing. In some states, legislation has been introduced outside the Fair…

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Supporting our Black Employees

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In the United States, people of color, particularly black communities, have been more seriously impacted by COVID-19; both with higher levels of illness and by the economic downturn. Discrimination has been laid bare as unequal access to healthcare, increased pre-existing conditions, and a higher level of “essential workers” who have been exposed. While the unemployment rate across the country was 10.2% in July, it was 14.6% among black American workers. As these communities have struggled through the pandemic, the social upheaval surrounding long-standing racial discrimination and injustice has come to light. Across the country, employers are asking themselves what they…

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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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