Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This topic provides the latest news articles and resources related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Check back here to keep informed.

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Conferences: Is it Time to Get Back on the Road?

One of the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the widespread abandonment of professional conferences and work-related networking and learning events. Such events have understandably been seen as unnecessary large, in-person gatherings that could further spread the COVID-19 virus. The health and safety risks of such events did not justify the risks for […]

Back in Office or Not? That Question Looms as Pandemic Subsides

As COVID-19 levels continue dropping across the country, employers are trying to plan out what the office environment will look like for the rest of the year. While many people have returned to school, restaurants, and sporting venues, many businesses and offices are still vacant or underutilized. Many employers that allowed or required employees to […]

Two Years into COVID-19

On March 12, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The past two years felt both long and short as the world changed at a breathtaking pace. Between mask mandates, vaccines, and remote work, almost every aspect of our lives was affected. The world of work, in particular, has changed. We teamed up […]

Biden Calls on Workers to Come Back to the Office

The annual State of the Union address, given by the U.S. president to Congress and televised around the world, is an opportunity for the president to celebrate his achievements and pitch his priorities to the nation. Those who tuned in to President Joe Biden’s March 2 State of the Union speech may have been surprised […]

Circumstantial Evidence Can Prove Retaliatory Anti-Whistleblower Motive

Wrongful termination suits often rely on proof of motive—did the employer terminate the employee for an unlawful reason? But employers that act for illegal motives aren’t likely to admit it, so the law has established ways to prove unlawful motives through circumstantial evidence. But there is more than one formula for that proof, depending on […]

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Why COVID-19 Should Continue to Shape Long-Term HR Policies

For more than 2 years, challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic have continued to make their presence known—not to mention the “Great Resignation” that has required HR policies to adapt quickly and continuously. At the beginning of the pandemic, when each day was “unprecedented,” employees woke up to initial responses that provided short-term solutions. But now […]

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The Impact of COVID-19 and Remote Work on DEI

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended every aspect of work life around the globe, including the burgeoning world of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). While there’s never an ideal time for a pandemic to emerge and hinder progress toward any goal, the timing of the pandemic could hardly have been worse for DEI initiatives. DEI was […]

COVID-19 Continues to Pose Challenges for Travel—Is Technology the Answer?

In-person interviews, corporate retreats, and customer visits have all declined precipitously since the beginning of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic led to government bans on a significant proportion of international and even domestic travel. Even now that vaccines have been made widely available throughout the United States, recent events demonstrate how extensively the pandemic continues […]

OSHA Withdraws Vax Mandate ETS, Moves Toward Permanent Regulatory Solution

Effective Wednesday, January 26, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is withdrawing its COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS), which would have mandated vaccination or weekly testing/masking requirements for employers with 100 or more employees. After the U.S. Supreme Court last week found the ETS to be an unconstitutional exercise of power and stayed the […]