HR Works Podcast

The mission of HR Works is to provide clear, relevant, actionable information on topics that matter to HR professionals through engaging and insightful interviews with experts and thought leaders.


Recent Episodes

HR Works COVID-19 Update: Immigrants in the Pandemic

Between general travel restrictions, anti-immigrant travel restrictions, massive unemployment, closed businesses, and now the recently announced ban on certain foreign national visas, immigrant workers in the U.S. are undergoing particularly challenging times. They are not the only ones feeling the pain; employers of foreign national workers are also struggling. In this episode, we are pleased […]


HR Works: The Return to Work?

In this episode, I speak with a highly respected authority on the psychology of change about the return to work. Many have adjusted to the new realities presented by the coronavirus, and yet states and workplaces alike are reopening their doors. What does that mean for those of us who stayed home? What if we […]

HR Works: COVID-19 Update on Avoiding COVID Related Employee Lawsuits

Now more than months into the pandemic, we are starting to see the first COVID-related employee lawsuits. Last week we began to discuss which employee policies need to be updated or created to handle new legal challenges surrounding the coronavirus. For example, we recently saw a wrongful death and survival action for the coronavirus related […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: What Should Be in Every Employee Handbook

COVID-19 has changed everything, but has your employee handbook been updated? In this episode of HR Works: COVID-19 Update, my guest discusses the critical policy updates that your organization needs to make in order to avoid an upcoming wave of coronavirus-related litigation. Now three months into the pandemic, we are starting to see the first […]

HR Works: Someone Moved My Cheese Again

Dr. Spencer’s Johnson’s insightful book “Who Moved My Cheese” sold 25 million copies and suggested how we can deal with change more effectively. We’ve since learned that adaptability is one of the most important thinking facets, and that emotional intelligence (“EQ”) can be directly linked with an individual’s capacity to adapt. COVID-19 has underscored the […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: Paycheck Protection Program Part 2

In the last episode, we began to explore some of HR’s responsibilities when it comes to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, or the PPP for short. In this episode, we’ll continue that conversation and learn about compliance obligations, the likelihood of audits, and when the loans stay a loan or become forgiven. We […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: Paycheck Protection Program

As companies struggle to stay in business, many have decided to take advantage of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, or the PPP for short. HR professionals should take into consideration the details surrounding this type of loan, like whether you have to hire back the same employees to take advantage of loan forgiveness, […]

HR Works: Behavioral Health Support Has Never Been More Important

The isolation of stay at home orders are accelerating behavioral health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, but even during the best of times, making sure you are aware of the mental health needs of your employees is very important. That means understanding risk factors and having a well-trained HR team to handle everything from benefits […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: Collective Action Part 2

In the last episode of HR Works: COVID-19 Update, we began speaking with employment attorney Jacob M. Monty, managing partner and founder of Monty & Ramirez LLP  about the potential for concerted activity during the pandemic. Today we dig a little deeper into how collective action happens and what you can do to avoid it. […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: Collective Action

Employers beware! The situation we find ourselves in provides unique leverage and incentives for collective action. Many low paid workers have been labelled essential and are obligated to work in hazardous conditions for the same low pay, or in some cases even with pay cuts. Workers in non-essential businesses have watched their companies cut pay, […]