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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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