Two of the biggest companies in the world dominate what have traditionally been very different segments of the retail market. Walmart is the archetypal big box retailer with thousands of stores covering tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of square feet. On the other side of the retail coin is Amazon, the archetypal […]
In the face of uncertain economic outlooks, many large corporations begin quickly looking for ways to slash budgets and save money internally. One of the most common ways they try to accomplish this? By trimming their workforce. Layoffs save companies money quickly and in large sums, but cutting back on employees is often a shortsighted […]
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Texas employers) has determined that the COVID-19 pandemic is not considered a natural disaster, thus it is not an exception to the federal law that requires businesses to give employees advance notice of mass layoffs. Employers could find themselves liable for mass layoffs […]
HR pros wear many hats. Since March 2020, they have been at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to their many other tasks, they have needed to coordinate furloughs and layoffs, stay up to date with the latest health guidance, understand and implement coronavirus-related federal and state laws and regulations, introduce COVID-19 screening […]
Back in the spring when businesses across the country first fell victim to COVID-19, many employers chose to furlough workers temporarily rather than lay them off permanently. But now, with the pandemic dragging on, some furloughs are extending much longer than originally expected, triggering employer obligations under federal and state laws.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, which extended federal statutory protections to the LGBTQ community, many have wondered how the decision might affect other employment litigation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
As much as the coronavirus has conspired to keep us apart, it’s also brought us together. Lockdowns and social distancing cannot suppress the humanity and spirit shining through in what has become a global fight—a battle we all have a stake in—to conquer this invisible enemy we call COVID-19.
What a difference a few months make! At the beginning of 2020, all we could talk about was the candidate-driven market and how jobseekers held the upper hand in deciding who they worked for. Now, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it seems employers are back in control, but they aren’t hiring.
There is a lot of talk about the upcoming recession. That and other factors have made a lot of employees afraid that they might soon be laid off. The term for this fear is “layoff anxiety.” I recently had a chance to speak with an HR executive with relevant expertise about research into layoff anxiety.
The economy is strong. Unemployment continues to hover around 4%, the lowest it has been in decades. Yet there are growing concerns that a recession is coming.