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► Vote Count Nears in Closely Watched Amazon Union Campaign

March 19, 2021

The spotlight is shining on thousands of workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in Alabama as they vote in a closely watched election where the stakes are high for both union and employer interests. More than 5,000 employees of the facility in Bessemer, a Birmingham suburb, are mailing in ...

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► Preparing for a Return to the Office

March 15, 2021

How prepared is your company for the post-COVID-19 world? We don’t want to convey false optimism, but we argue in this feature that it’s time to start thinking about a return to “normal” for your business. For a year now, the nation and the world have been in the throes ...

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► Trump administration's independent contractor rule delayed

March 9, 2021

The Biden administration’s U.S. Depart-ment of Labor (DOL) has announced the independent contractor rule devised by the Trump administration’s DOL won’t go into effect as originally scheduled. The rule, which was seen as making it easier for businesses to justify classifying ...

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► House Revives Equality Act: What Employers Need to Know

March 2, 2021

The Equality Ac t, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, is back before Congress, but regardless of its chances at passage, employers are advised to review their policies and practices to guard against discrimination, attorneys who advise employers ...

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► EEOC Announces 2021 Schedule for EEO Data Collection

February 26, 2021

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commis-sion (EEOC) recently announced the upcoming opening of four EEO data collections. The agency collects workplace data from public and private employers meeting certain thresholds annually but had previously delayed collection of the 2019 and 2020 data ...

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► Voluntary or Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations? You Decide

February 24, 2021

Employers are weighing whether to require or simply encourage employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes more readily available. Here are some pros and cons, legal concerns, and practical issues to consider. Making shots mandatory: Employers may want to implement a ...

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► Tips For Tackling Income Tax Issues Triggered by Remote Employees

February 22, 2021

The COVID-19 crisis has brought major changes to the U.S. workforce. Many employers have transitioned their workforces to remote work. Now, employees can work from anywhere with an Internet connection. Many employees have taken advantage of the flexibility by in-vesting in home office spaces, ...

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► OSHA Guidance Touches on More Than Masks, Distancing

February 21, 2021

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new guidance for employers to help protect workers from COVID-19. Importantly, the guide-lines touch on more than just best mask and social distancing practices. They cover complicated COVID-related employment issues, such as ...

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► Calling an Employee a Temp Doesn't Make It So

February 18, 2021

Staffing and hiring during the pandemic are especially chaotic. Many employers that do not traditionally use temporary staff are seeking to fill short-term gaps in the workforce or simply want employees for a short time because it’s unclear what the business structure will look like once ...

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► Employers Likely to Seek Exceptions in $15 Minimum Wage Bill

February 8, 2021

Employers are getting a look at a bill that would set a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage by 2025. The bill, which is in line with President Joe Biden’s call for an increase in the federal minimum, which has stood at $7.25 since 2009, is likely to spur calls for relief from certain ...

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