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4 steps to reinvent recruiting in the age of COVID

With COVID-19 keeping many campuses closed and air travel remaining at a near standstill, employers are uncertain about what will happen this fall recruiting season. If things don’t quite go back to normal—which is looking increasingly likely—operating in the new landscape will require employers, students, and schools to explore unfamiliar options to prepare for any barriers. Fall 2020 is going to be the most atypical fall...

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Firms need to review PTO policies, as days pile up

An increasing number (42%) of employers are making changes to their PTO, vacation and sick day policies, as employees are reluctant to take days off during the unstable times of the pandemic.  As unused vacation days pile up, some employers (16%) are requiring employees to take time off to reduce the year-end build-up, according to a Willis Towers Watson survey. ‘Use it or lose it’ policies The Insurance Market in Laurel, DE, is...

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SCOTUS rules Title VII protects LGBTQ workers

After years of district and circuit courts debating whether sexual orientation is a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Supreme Court finally ruled it is. In a 6-3 landmark decision, SCOTUS decided that employees can’t be fired due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Defining ‘sex discrimination’ Since 1964, the Civil Rights Act has prohibited employers from firing employees due to their sex...

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EEOC updates guidance as return-to-work accelerates

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on June 11 released updates to its document “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.” The guidance, presented in a Q&A format, is especially critical as more businesses prepare to re-open facilities for the first time since state governments issued stay-at-home orders in March and April. The June 11 guidance updates address Return...

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EEOC resolution mourns, decries recent black deaths

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an emotional and politically charged statement on racial discrimination on June 9, marking the deaths of three African Americans. The Resolution of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission In Mourning for the Deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery notes that the Commission, which was created as part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, “enforces federal laws that...

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Workplace investigations in a work-from-home world

Many of the old ways of completing basic human resources tasks have been changed by new remote workforces and the need for physical distancing. One of the areas most impacted is internal workplace investigations.  Although gathering information and conducting interviews in person is preferable in almost every context, current conditions make face-to-face interactions impossible or, at the very least, ill-advised. In a recent...

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Return to Work challenges after COVID

As states ease restrictions put in place by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, employers are grappling with multi-faceted risk analysis and questions regarding the best way to recall employees to work: When should we reopen? Should all employees come back at once, or should we recall employees in waves?If we don’t call all employees back at the same time, who should we recall first?What safety and social distancing protocols should be in...

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Business post-pandemic: 3 strategies to thrive

With companies slowly starting to reopen their doors, many business owners aren’t sure what to expect. How long will it take for sales to return to normal? Will remote work become a permanent measure? The fact of the matter is, most businesses won’t be able to return to work as normal, and leaders will have to rethink the old ways of doing things. Out with the old But instead of stressing out about all the necessary changes, Bill...

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Conducting virtual interviews? 6 easy body language tips

In the age of telecommuting and virtual interviews, it can be difficult to effectively get your message across or get to know someone through a computer screen. And thanks to the pandemic, many companies are being forced to woo talent they can’t meet in person. This can be a tricky task to accomplish over a Zoom meeting. Communicating nonverbally However, there are some easy ways to impress candidates just through your body language...

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Avoiding COVID-19 lawsuits and reputational damage as employees return to work

As organizations of all kinds prepare to reopen facilities and bring employees back onsite as the COVID-19 crisis eases, HR pros need to be ready to advise leadership of both potential legal risks and how to protect against long-term damage to their reputation. And there is one risk factor that many executives, and even legal counsel, are not yet thinking about – states and local governments are taking a larger role in protecting...