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Dissecting CDC’s New, Shorter Quarantine Options

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 04:00

In late 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on quarantining: In certain circumstances, individuals potentially exposed to COVID-19 by being in “close contact” with a person who tested positive can take steps to reduce the length of the standard 14-day quarantine period. Source: GENETTICA /...

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Displaced Workers Present Opportunity for Recruiters

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 04:00

The U.S. economy has changed significantly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread business and economic changes the pandemic has ushered in. While in-person industries like dining and hospitality have suffered, along with many blue-collar jobs that can’t easily be performed remotely, white-collar workers have been less...

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Critical Skills Needed to Manage a Remote Team

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 04:00

One major change in the workplace as a result of COVID-19 has been the rapid shift to remote work. This has created a bit of a “sink or swim” situation in which employers and employees alike had to figure out how to ensure the remote workforce remained productive and efficient while reducing virus transmission risks. Source: Rawpixel.com...

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Managing New Cases of PTSD in the Workplace

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 04:00

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profoundly negative impact on behavioral health in the United States. Early evidence of this includes huge increases in the number of calls to the federal Disaster Distress Hotline and local suicide hotlines; large upturns in the number of prescriptions filled for anxiety, depression, and insomnia; increased alcohol...

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Why Healthcare Shopping Deserves the Spotlight Now

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 04:00

For many, January is a time for new beginnings, to create plans for new accomplishments, or to get back on track toward reaching existing goals. And one of the top five New Year’s resolutions—after losing weight, of course—is saving money. January is also the start of a new healthcare plan year for many employees, presenting a perfect...

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Employers Expected to Resume Diversity Training Plans as EO Fizzles

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 11:29

Employers are feeling free to resume their diversity training plans now that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reportedly suspended enforcement of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order (EO) restricting how certain employers can conduct training aimed at combating discrimination. Warchi / iStock / Getty Images Plus Reports that...

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4 Tips To Recruit Top Candidates and Widen Your Talent Pool During a Pandemic

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 04:00

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the global economy, the true U.S. unemployment rate sits at an incredible 26.1%. What had been an employee’s market at the start of 2020 now seemingly favors employers. Yet, hiring in the current economy hasn’t become easier: Top talent, reluctant to leave relatively secure positions, has become...

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Recruiters: This Year’s Projections

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 04:00

COVID-19 and all it brought in 2020 took a toll on the economy worldwide. While the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its expected world economic growth in 2021 from 5.4% to 5.2%, we still see hiring being a key area of focus for companies in the new year. Looking at the trends we’ve seen in 2020 and the projected growth...

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5 Tips to Ring in a Better New Year for Your Workplace

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 04:00

We can all agree 2020 was a dumpster fire difficult year for employees and employers alike. Now that we are freshly into 2021, it’s a good time to reexamine our workplaces and look for ways to make improvements for the business and our employees. Below are some tips for getting 2021 right. Source: Ebtikar / shutterstock 1. Check in with...

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The Top Skills Organizations Will Be Looking for in 2021

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 04:00

As we turn the corner from 2020 into 2021, there is widespread hope that the new year will be far better than the last. 2020 saw the emergence of a worldwide pandemic and an associated economic disaster, racial and social unrest, and a divisive presidential election. Source: Iurii Motov / Shutterstock While there is nothing magical about...

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How Managers Can Support Working Parents

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 04:00

Working parents have their hands full like never before. Parents of kids in K–12 schools or even college may need to overhaul their household in response to learning-method shifts that can happen at the drop of a hat. Those with younger children must secure child care in an environment where many daycare centers are closed, and...

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Bah Humbug to Happy New Year: 2021 Hiring Trends

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 04:00

It is an understatement that the 2020 holiday season was radically different from any others in recent history—and definitely in the years since the end of the Great Recession. Due to COVID-19, companies are grappling with hiring and retaining talent, particularly for positions across the essential supply chains, in support of the consumer buying...

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In Hopes of Finally Settling Cases, EEOC Revises Process

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 04:00

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently unveiled regulations to modify the presuit conciliation process in hopes of finally settling some employment disputes. Source: designer491 / iStock / Getty Images What Hasn’t Been Working Well Imagine the EEOC ruling against you in a discrimination charge and inviting you to...

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Bedside Manners Aren’t Limited to Healthcare Workers

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 04:00

2020 was a challenging year for many, and it’s brought forth the need for several difficult conversations in the workplace. Whether it was having to tell someone he or she had been laid off or telling your boss you didn’t complete that report because you had to help your child with virtual school, one thing has become vital in the workplace:...

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Employers Can Expect Pro-Union Agenda Under New DOL Chief

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 15:08

President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is a traditional Democrat likely to push a pro-union agenda and a leader who will be eager to put in place pandemic-related safety measures, according to attorneys who advise employers. On January 7, Biden announced that Marty Walsh, currently serving...

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Optimize Time, Maximize Potential: Let Your Team Lead

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 04:00

With organizations engaged in many competing actions and objectives, we’re often inundated with tasks and new initiatives that seem to go on forever. If you’ve ever been in three meetings at once, driven to your next appointment while responding to phone calls, or spent your weekend answering e-mails, you aren’t alone. Source: Jirsak /...

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Crafting a Job Offer That Won’t Get Rejected

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 04:00

Recruiting can be an intense process. It takes a lot of effort to get from needing to fill a vacancy to getting a great candidate actually into the role and up to full productivity. Time, money, and a lot of hard work go into the process. The last thing an employer wants is to make a job offer to a great candidate and get rejected. To...

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Is Training Time Paid? DOL Reiterates Standard Position

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 04:00

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently answered frequently asked questions about employee training. Chiefly, when is the time compensable? Information contained in a recent DOL opinion letter is particularly important for industries such as health care in which the need for continuing education credits is common. The letter involved...

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HR Must Be the Conscience of an Organization

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 04:00

Much of the energy toward improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the wake of the George Floyd murder has begun to dissipate. The shock and pain of that event have been replaced with other concerns, and many activists and DEI supporters have been disheartened to see that happen. Sometimes, frank discussions surrounding these topics are...

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Mindful Reflections Through Infertility and Pregnancy

Fri, 01/08/2021 - 04:00

As an employer, you’ll sometimes encounter employees who are struggling with infertility or pregnancy issues. The issue is stressful for everyone, but it can help to understand their perspective. Source: Natali_Mis / shutterstock Infertility is a stressful and isolating experience even in “normal” times, let alone in the midst...

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