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► Administering COBRA Notices in a COVID-19 World

August 26, 2020

Recent federal agency guidance includes important information and extensions of various deadlines affecting employee benefit plans to include extensions of continuation coverage notice and election periods under COBRA. This article focuses solely on the COBRA-related rules, including a summary ...

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► New EEOC Guidance Clarifies ADA Protections Related to Opioids

August 24, 2020

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is taking steps to clarify how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affects opioid use among employees. While employers generally dread the thought of opioid use since it can pose safety risks, trigger absenteeism, hamper productivity, ...

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► Impact of Supreme Court's Two Rulings for Religious Employers

August 20, 2020

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two cases , both by 7-2 votes, involving religion’s impact on employment. First, the Court clarified the applicability of the ministerial exemption for religious schools and organizations from the federal antidiscrimination laws. Second, the ...

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► 5 Ways to Help Struggling Remote Employees Adjust

August 17, 2020

While employees in many countries have been working virtually for some time, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us almost overnight to change how we live and work. Additional turmoil in American society related to civil rights and the economic recession is making an already difficult situation that ...

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► EEOC: You Can't Require Employees to Undergo Antibody Testing

August 11, 2020

Earlier in June, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance concerning the use of COVID-19 antibody testing. Relying on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) interim guidelines, the EEOC affirmatively stated employers cannot require COVID-19 ...

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► Federal Court Expands FFCRA Paid Leave But Will it Hold?

August 7, 2020

The number of people entitled to paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be expanded if a ruling from a New York federal judge holds. A judge in the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York ruled August 3 that the U.S. Department of Labor’s ...

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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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