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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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► Debunking 8 Common Employer Myths About COVID-19

June 22, 2020

With guidance regularly changing and sometimes seemingly conflicting, some misperceptions about best practices for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic still exist. Here are 8 common misunder-standings and the facts employers should know. By Amanda M. Jones. Ms. Jones is a partner at the ...

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► DACA Ruling Called Win for Recipients and Employers

June 19, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision blocking the Trump administration’s efforts to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provides certainty for both employees benefiting from the program and for their employers. But the decision leaves the door open for a president to ...

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► Supreme Court Bans Discrimination Against LGBT Individuals

June 15, 2020

An employer that fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an opinion issued on June 15, 2020. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the 6-3 opinion and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and ...

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► Best Strategies for Return-to-Workplace Preparation

June 12, 2020

In mid-May, we surveyed 142 companies, and on average, scores were at a 5 out of 10, with a wide range between 0 and 8. This range is not surprising. Developing a return-to-work (RTW) plan is an “adaptive challenge.” Companies haven’t handled it before, so there are no proven ...

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