In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, we are featuring a recent subscriber question that was sent into HR Hero®‘s HR Hotline, looking for advice how to proceed when an employee refuses to sign an updated handbook acknowledgement. Q: We have an employee who does not want to sign the new Employee Handbook acknowledgment form. What […]
With more workers being invited back into the workplace as the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be subsiding, you can expect an uptick in requests for disability accommodations to continue working remotely in some capacity, even when the asserted disability isn’t coronavirus-related. If the past is any indication of the future (and in this case, I […]
Ready or not, COVID-19 has pushed employers into allowing remote work for any suitable role. As we near closer to bringing employees back to their workplaces en masse, many employers are considering implementing some sort of hybrid model.
A record number of women have left the workforce since the pandemic began. More than 860,000 women dropped out of the workforce as of September 2020 compared with just over 200,000 men. The current unemployment rate for women has more than doubled the pre-pandemic rates, and economists predict the workforce exodus could set women back […]
It seems like every 5 seconds; our phones send barrages of notifications our way. It’s a familiar feeling, wading through the mire of home screens or inboxes for important information. The world is speeding up at an exponential rate, and our devices deliver the information 24/7, 365, with breakneck efficiency.
As a follow-up to its May 2020 enforcement guidelines on recording workplace COVID-19 cases, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued additional guidance to employers for reporting coronavirus-related hospitalizations and fatalities.
The word “paradox” probably conjures up notions of logical puzzles and brain-straining impossibilities—the types of concepts most would want to keep far away from a business and its leaders. But paradoxes do exist, and some suggest that learning to understand and embrace them may be beneficial for developing leadership skills and creativity.
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.”
Q. If we are hiring a new, full-time employee who is also salaried at another company, are there any labor laws we need to be aware of that could be compromised if the new hire works over a certain number of hours or something like that?
Trust is a key part of any relationship, and the employee-employer relationship is no exception. Employees need to be able to trust their colleagues and managers and that their organization has their best interest at heart and will follow through on its promises. Without this trust, employees will feel less secure in their jobs and […]