Arizona News & Analysis

  • Back to work after George Floyd: Are workplaces next front line of race relations?

    As the phases of states' COVID-19 recoveries bring even more employees back to work, many people may show up still emotionally charged from recent racial tragedies across the nation as well as the protests and riots that followed. All of which means you're likely to see an increase in discussions about race relations on the job.

  • 8 common employer myths (and the facts) about dealing with COVID-19

    With guidance regularly changing and sometimes seemingly conflicting, some misperceptions about best practices for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic still exist. Here are eight common misunderstandings and the facts employers should know.

  • Increase in unemployment claims brings heightened risk of fraud

    As new unemployment claims rise, impostors seek to scam the unemployment system at the expense of the state, employees, and employers. Here's how to respond to ― and lower the risk of ― fraudulent unemployment claims.

  • Dan Majerle seeks severance, sues GCU for breach of contract

    Dan Majerle has been something of a household name in Arizona since being drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 1988 under the ownership and management of Jerry Colangelo. Majerle's career seemed to come full circle when Colangelo recommended him to be the head coach at Grand Canyon University (GCU). He and GCU celebrated several successful seasons without issue, but it all came to a sudden end on March 12, 2020, when a losing season seemingly resulted in his abrupt termination.

  • Safe Start Washington: Washington's phased approach to reopening businesses

    On May 4, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the state's plan for returning to a sense of normalcy as COVID-related business restrictions begin to be lifted. The bad news is that most Washington businesses are likely still months away from returning to full operation. The good news is that employers have time to make the necessary preparations to ensure a safe and compliant return to business under the governor's plan.

  • Public-sector employers can't avoid Oregon sick leave law

    Oregon's paid sick leave law doesn't require local governments to implement an "unfunded program" in violation of the state's constitution, the Oregon Supreme Court recently ruled.

  • Pandemic sparks unexpected question: What if workers unwilling to return?

    Restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic are beginning to ease in many parts of the country, and employers are starting to call back the millions of workers who joined the ranks of the unemployed a few months ago. Many workers are champing at the bit to get back to work, but others are hesitant. And that can put already-struggling employers in a bind.

  • Getting back to 'normal'? Here are some points to consider

    As employers look to a postpandemic recovery, they're shifting their attention toward getting back to "normal." But normal isn't what it used to be, and you now have to focus on keeping employees healthy ― and keeping your operations legally compliant. It's not going to be as simple as telling people to resume their work as they did before COVID-19 struck. Thoughts of personal protective equipment (PPE), engineering and administrative controls, discrimination risks, and more are now front and center.

  • Federal Watch

    OSHA reminds employers against retaliation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers that it is illegal to retaliate against workers because they report unsafe and unhealthful working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Retaliation can include terminations, demotions, denials of overtime or promotions, or reductions in pay or hours. The agency stresses that workers have a right to file whistleblower complaints if they believe their employer has retaliated against them for exercising their rights under whistleblower protection laws.

  • HR Technology

    New platform offers help navigating government relief programs. A company providing HR software announced a new platform in April aimed at helping employers navigate various COVID-19 government relief programs. Justworks launched the tax deferral feature and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) reporting functionality as part of its COVID-19 relief center built into its software. The relief center enables customers to opt into deferring their employer-paid Social Security taxes and granting businesses access to more working capital to pay their people as early as their next payroll cycle. Organizations also can navigate to reporting, where they can generate a specialized PPP report for their PPP loan application as well as access other recently launched tools to schedule COVID-19-related paid leave for their employees and claim the applicable tax credits through the feature.