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The Post-COVID Office: Still A Bit of a Mystery

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Many of us are eager to get out of the house and back to the office, and with many states entering the next phase of reopening, it looks like that may become a possibility. While we may be going back to work, without a vaccine, things are likely to be drastically different when we return. Employers are working hard to find solutions to keep the office space productive, happy, and safe. This goes beyond the now-expected health screenings and temperature checks to implementing social distancing in new ways and finding opportunities to promote hygiene around the office. So, what will…

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Recalling Employees After Furlough or Layoff

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COVID-19 put small businesses across the country between a rock and a hard place; many organizations were forced to lay off or furlough employees to keep their companies afloat through unprecedented times. Now, thanks to the Payroll Protection Program and others loan and grant programs, organizations can recall some, if not all, of their employees. This new terrain can be difficult to navigate, and having a clear plan in place for step-by-step recall of employees is important. Ideally, policies and procedures surrounding the recall of your employees exist as a part of your organization’s layoff and/or furloughing procedures. These policies…

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What Does Employment Look Like After COVID-19?

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COVID-19 has changed much about our world, creating unanticipated economic struggles and shifts in culture on a personal, social, and organizational level. While we are all eager to return to the way things were, the changes sparked by the global pandemic may be more permanent than we think. Businesses have been forced to evaluate the way that they run, from the division of labor to the necessity of being in the office. More than 83% of employers are reporting adjustments to the way their business operates and with many employees succeeding in remote work, some are re-evaluating whether employees need…

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Making Virtual Meetings Work for You

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COVID-19 has pushed the American workforce into a digital world; from in-person to entirely virtual interactions. While navigating this new environment can seem challenging, maintaining communication with your team is essential for keeping up productivity and employee satisfaction. Fortunately, there are a plethora of options out there for maintaining communication and holding virtual meetings. From Skype for Business to options like Zoom, there are options for every type of business, making it easy to find a solution that fits your needs and your company culture. No matter what solution you decide on, learning to navigate and manage virtual meetings can…

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Layoff or Furlough? Decreasing Costs During COVID-19

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COVID-19 has forced organizations to downsize across the United States. In the face of diminishing revenue, organizations from massive corporations to small businesses have been faced with the task of cutting costs. For many, this means making the decision to either furlough or lay off employees. No matter what decision you make, it has a substantial impact on both the organization and your employees. We can’t suggest one over the other, but we do stress the importance of understanding the difference and how each will impact you, your organization, and your employees. A layoff is a complete, though sometimes temporary,…

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What to Know: Rehiring a Former Employee

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In today’s world, the power dynamic between employers and employees has shifted. Employees hold more power than ever before, deciding their career trajectory by moving through organizations for the best options. More often in recent years, employees feel they need to leave their current positions in order to find new, better options for career development and progression. As employers, this can be challenging to handle. An especially challenging situation is when an employee leaves and chooses to come back to their organization. Hiring back a former employee could be the right move, but current social standards leave employers shying away…

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I-9 Certification During COVID-19

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Compliance with I-9 requirements can be frustrating and challenging for employers during the best of circumstances. Current employment laws require that employers verify identification and employment documents in the physical presence of the new employee within three days of starting employment. On a good day this can be difficult; with a global pandemic, organizations are facing the need for new employees and, with that, the need to certify new I-9 forms. Fortunately, the federal government has acknowledged some of the challenges employers are dealing with in the face of COVID-19 and social distancing. Because of this, they have relaxed requirements…

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When an Employee Quits Then Changes Their Mind

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Employees moving on to their next opportunity is normal, sometimes unfortunate, and part of business. We take their resignation in good faith, wish them well, and prepare for their departure on the agreed-upon date. Replacing a good employee can be challenging, but turnover, particularly when the employee is less than ideal for the position, can bring new talent, fresh ideas, and expand innovation in your organization. When an employee informs us of their plans to exit, we often begin processes such as off-boarding, recruiting, and preparing for the new hire almost immediately. So, what happens if an employee changes their…

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Cash Instead of Healthcare Benefits?

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Offering employees compensation in lieu of healthcare benefits is an option business and maybe the only option for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. This is called an opt-out agreement. In an opt-out agreement, employees choose to opt-out of employer-sponsored healthcare packages and receive pay as a substitute. This may be an option for your organization but be sure to look at the whole picture and what challenges could arise before making this decision. For small businesses, this would fall under the Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSE-HRA). Under the QSE-HRA, an employer with fewer than fifty employees can…

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Going Remote in the Face of COVID-19

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Remote work has become a norm for modern organizations; many businesses already take advantage of available technology to promote creativity and innovation outside a traditional office. In 2020, the ability for employees to work remotely has taken on a whole new level of importance. COVID-19 had caused many state and local governments to restrict gatherings and encourage employers to protect their employees and the community through office closure and the use of remote work. This precaution is meant to slow the spread of the disease and protect the most vulnerable in society. With organizations facing profit loss and decreased productivity…

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