Category: HR Management & Compliance

There are dozens of details to take care of in the day-to-day operation of your department and your company. We give you case studies, news updates, best practices and training tips that keep your organization fully in compliance with ever-changing employment law, and you fully aware of emerging HR trends.

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Are We Missing Out Without Our Commutes?

The shift to remote work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that more people than ever before are working from home offices. Depending on whom you ask, this is a blessing, a curse, or some mixture of both.

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COVID-19 Layoffs Can Cause Partial Retirement Plan Termination

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to “shelter-at-home” proclamations from state and local governments, causing many nonessential businesses to shut down temporarily. Employers have handled the crisis in varying ways, some by temporarily paying employees to stay home, others by laying off or furloughing workers. In such instances, employers need to be aware of the qualified […]

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Using Zoom Improperly Can Leave Trade Secret Protections at Risk

With many employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have depended on Zoom or other web-based video conferencing tools to conduct meetings online. Users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another’s screens. Unfortunately, the process also can open the possibility of trade secret theft if […]

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Large Employers Extending Remote Work

Some of the nation’s largest employers are signaling a potential long-term—even permanent—continuation of remote work. To what extent will this impact the decisions and plans of other organizations?

Baby, It’s COVID Outside: Tips for Returning After Holidays

It’s just after the holiday season, when the kids came home from college, the Griswolds took vacation, and Santa Claus came to town. But for many, the most wonderful time of the year will have become a cause for concern. With COVID-19 cases on the rise and family gatherings inevitable, you may be worried the […]

Don’t Expect DOL to Let Up on Investigations in 2021

Aside from the personal and professional challenges 2020 presented (the COVID-19 pandemic, government shutdown orders, concerns about keeping employees safe, layoffs, remote working, homeschooling, and navigating the unknown), what stands out most to me in my practice—and had the biggest impact on my clients—was the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) continued uncompromising pursuit of investigations […]

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3 Ways HR Departments and Public Health Officers Can Join Forces

If the pandemic has taught businesses one thing, it is the importance of adaptability and community. Our ability to change and respond to new challenges has been put to the test nearly monthly, as new business protocols and safety measures become the new normal. Most importantly, this pandemic has also taught us—as individuals, businesses, organizations, […]

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How to Replicate Watercooler Conversations in the Age of COVID

In a typical workday, it’s almost certain that employees aren’t engaged in their specific job duties for a full 8 hours. Instead, employees frequently spend time tending to biological needs; scanning the Internet; and, of course, chatting with coworkers. Often, this chatting occurs around a literal or metaphorical watercooler—hence the term “watercooler conversations.”