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► DOL Releases New FMLA Model Forms

August 3, 2020

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released new model forms that employers can use to coordinate employee leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Released on July 16, 2020, the revised medical certification and notices forms were immediately effective and available for ...

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► High Court Rulings Boost Employer Religious-based Decisions

July 27, 2020

A pair of decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court on July 8 handed a win to employers that desire to rely on religious convictions in their employment decisions. One ruling affirms the “ministerial exception,” and the other allows private employers with moral or religious objections ...

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► Successfully Reintroducing Employees to the Workplace After the Pandemic

July 24, 2020

Given the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, Human Resources professionals and recruiters may be left wondering how to reintroduce employees to the workplace once the dust has settled. This can seem like a challenging endeavor, given the upheaval and generalized anxiety caused by the global ...

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► NLRB Changes Course on Profanity in the Workplace

July 21, 2020

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a ruling making it easier to discipline or fire employees for offensive speech. In the July 21 decision, the NRLB moved to resolve a conflict that sometimes arises between two worker protection laws: The National Labor Relations Act ...

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► DOL Issues Additional Guidance on COVID-19 Testing Coverage

July 17, 2020

The exact scope of the health coverage mandate for COVID-testing was clarified in a new round of regulatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The frequently asked questions (FAQs) also address notice requirements, telehealth coverage, and the interaction of COVID-19 emergency ...

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► Family Leave Policy Considerations During, After COVID-19

July 14, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to change the face of the world, U.S. employers and their HR teams have been confronted with a variety of new personnel challenges. One of the many issues the pandemic has highlighted is the changing landscape of family leave protections and policies in the United States. ...

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► DOL Offers New COVID Guidance on FLSA, FMLA, FFCRA

July 8, 2020

As employers continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released new guidance that attempts to answer questions related to employee pay and leave time. The guidance addresses protections and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the ...

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► Tips for Directly Hiring Remote Employees

July 6, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has forced some organizations to try out remote work arrangements whenever possible, whether they were ready to do so or not. Some organizations had been doing this for years, and the transition was pretty simple. Others had been resistant to the idea but came around ...

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► FAQ: What Is Hazard Pay?

June 24, 2020

Recently, an employer asked the following question: What exactly is hazard pay and do we have to provide it to workers during the pandemic? Hazard pay, as the name implies, is extra pay compensating for some form of danger or hazard employees face. Essentially, this extra pay serves as an ...

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► New Restrictions on Work Visas Further Limit Employer Options

June 23, 2020

New restrictions on work visas going into effect on June 24 are aimed at easing the nation’s unemployment problem sparked by COVID-19, according to a proclamation from President Trump, but critics of his actions on immigration fear it won’t help and will send the wrong signal. ...

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