How to Replicate Watercooler Conversations in the Age of COVID

EntertainHR - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 04:00

In a typical workday, it’s almost certain that employees aren’t engaged in their specific job duties for a full 8 hours. Instead, employees frequently spend time tending to biological needs; scanning the Internet; and, of course, chatting with coworkers. Often, this chatting occurs around a literal or metaphorical watercooler—hence the term...

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How to Replicate Watercooler Conversations in the Age of COVID

The Oswald Letter - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 04:00

In a typical workday, it’s almost certain that employees aren’t engaged in their specific job duties for a full 8 hours. Instead, employees frequently spend time tending to biological needs; scanning the Internet; and, of course, chatting with coworkers. Often, this chatting occurs around a literal or metaphorical watercooler—hence the term...

Categories: Blogs

How to Replicate Watercooler Conversations in the Age of COVID

Resources for Humans: - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 04:00

In a typical workday, it’s almost certain that employees aren’t engaged in their specific job duties for a full 8 hours. Instead, employees frequently spend time tending to biological needs; scanning the Internet; and, of course, chatting with coworkers. Often, this chatting occurs around a literal or metaphorical watercooler—hence the term...

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5th Circuit Rejects Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment Claims

EntertainHR - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 04:00

A former employee failed to establish she was subjected to a hostile work environment and discriminated and retaliated against by her former employer, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (which covers Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi employers) recently ruled, affirming the district court’s decision. The appellate court’s opinion...

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Why the Post-COVID Office Return Is a Great Time to Shake Things Up

EntertainHR - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 04:00

Companies eventually returning to the office after COVID-triggered remote work will already have a lot on their plates, but they should also consider taking advantage of the opportunity to make some major changes they may have been putting off. While some companies are looking to make their remote work stints permanent and others’ expected return...

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5th Circuit Rejects Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment Claims

The Oswald Letter - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 04:00

A former employee failed to establish she was subjected to a hostile work environment and discriminated and retaliated against by her former employer, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (which covers Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi employers) recently ruled, affirming the district court’s decision. The appellate court’s opinion...

Categories: Blogs

Why the Post-COVID Office Return Is a Great Time to Shake Things Up

The Oswald Letter - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 04:00

Companies eventually returning to the office after COVID-triggered remote work will already have a lot on their plates, but they should also consider taking advantage of the opportunity to make some major changes they may have been putting off. Source: paikong / Shutterstock While some companies are looking to make their remote work...

Categories: Blogs

5th Circuit Rejects Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment Claims

Resources for Humans: - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 04:00

A former employee failed to establish she was subjected to a hostile work environment and discriminated and retaliated against by her former employer, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit (which covers Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi employers) recently ruled, affirming the district court’s decision. The appellate court’s opinion...

Categories: Blogs

Why the Post-COVID Office Return Is a Great Time to Shake Things Up

Resources for Humans: - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 04:00

Companies eventually returning to the office after COVID-triggered remote work will already have a lot on their plates, but they should also consider taking advantage of the opportunity to make some major changes they may have been putting off. Source: paikong / Shutterstock While some companies are looking to make their remote work...

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2020 from New England Viewpoint: It Was ‘Wicked Awful!’

EntertainHR - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 04:00

Brighter days are ahead, but looking back helps us to appreciate the future so much more. So How Bad Was 2020? Yes, COVID-19 was, and continues to be, a devastating disease affecting individuals, first responders, healthcare providers, businesses, and communities. Once thought to be no more serious than the seasonal flu, it was quickly found...

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2020 from New England Viewpoint: It Was ‘Wicked Awful!’

The Oswald Letter - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 04:00

Brighter days are ahead, but looking back helps us to appreciate the future so much more. Source: ro9drigo / Shutterstock So How Bad Was 2020? Yes, COVID-19 was, and continues to be, a devastating disease affecting individuals, first responders, healthcare providers, businesses, and communities. Once thought to be no more serious than...

Categories: Blogs

2020 from New England Viewpoint: It Was ‘Wicked Awful!’

Resources for Humans: - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 04:00

Brighter days are ahead, but looking back helps us to appreciate the future so much more. Source: ro9drigo / Shutterstock So How Bad Was 2020? Yes, COVID-19 was, and continues to be, a devastating disease affecting individuals, first responders, healthcare providers, businesses, and communities. Once thought to be no more serious than...

Categories: Blogs

Diversity and Inclusion: Driving Business Success Through a Strong Culture

EntertainHR - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 04:00

For years, diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts were nonexistent in most companies. Even after D&I gained more widespread focus, corporate efforts to promote D&I were largely symbolic and vague or focused purely on the numbers—i.e., seeking to fill X% of positions with women or people of color. These efforts only paid lip service to...

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Diversity and Inclusion: Driving Business Success Through a Strong Culture

The Oswald Letter - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 04:00

For years, diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts were nonexistent in most companies. Even after D&I gained more widespread focus, corporate efforts to promote D&I were largely symbolic and vague or focused purely on the numbers—i.e., seeking to fill X% of positions with women or people of color. These efforts only paid lip...

Categories: Blogs

Diversity and Inclusion: Driving Business Success Through a Strong Culture

Resources for Humans: - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 04:00

For years, diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts were nonexistent in most companies. Even after D&I gained more widespread focus, corporate efforts to promote D&I were largely symbolic and vague or focused purely on the numbers—i.e., seeking to fill X% of positions with women or people of color. These efforts only paid lip...

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Princeton Pays 1M in Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Settlement

EntertainHR - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 04:00

Princeton University recently agreed to pay nearly $1 million in cumulative back wages to 106 female professors whom the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found to be victims of gender-based pay discrimination. The OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246, which makes it unlawful for employers...

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Princeton Pays 1M in Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Settlement

The Oswald Letter - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 04:00

Princeton University recently agreed to pay nearly $1 million in cumulative back wages to 106 female professors whom the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found to be victims of gender-based pay discrimination. The OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246, which makes it unlawful for...

Categories: Blogs

Princeton Pays 1M in Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Settlement

Resources for Humans: - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 04:00

Princeton University recently agreed to pay nearly $1 million in cumulative back wages to 106 female professors whom the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) found to be victims of gender-based pay discrimination. The OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246, which makes it unlawful for...

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IRS Seeking Comments on Paperwork Burden of COBRA’s Notice Rules

EntertainHR - Tue, 12/29/2020 - 04:00

Have you noticed how much notice issues regarding federal continuation coverage seem to be cropping up everywhere—such as in the news, the courts, and the administrative agencies? Well, the latest matter involves part of the regular evaluation of paperwork requirements conducted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In a December 7, 2020 notice...

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IRS Seeking Comments on Paperwork Burden of COBRA’s Notice Rules

The Oswald Letter - Tue, 12/29/2020 - 04:00

Have you noticed how much notice issues regarding federal continuation coverage seem to be cropping up everywhere—such as in the news, the courts, and the administrative agencies? Well, the latest matter involves part of the regular evaluation of paperwork requirements conducted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In a December 7,...

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