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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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