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Holiday scheduling: How to keep the peace

Federal law says you must make a reasonable effort to accommodate employees’ “sincere” religious beliefs, including trying to give them time off for religious observances. The best way to minimize scheduling disputes, especially around religious holidays, and avoid legal trouble is through a few smart preventative measures.

Counter ‘Big Quit’ with counteroffer strategy

Surprisingly, more than 90% of organizations don’t have a policy or strategy on how (or whether) to propose counteroffers, according to Tom McMullen, senior partner at consulting firm Korn Ferry.

Merit increases, bonuses got big bumps last year

Faced with a persistently competitive labor market, 52% of organizations participating in Salary.com’s Annual Pay Practices and Compensation Strategy Survey said they increased funding for merit increases in 2021. This is a significant jump from the 19% of organizations that did so in 2020.

Education perks become a key retention tool

Employers aren’t just struggling to attract new workers; they’re scrambling to retain current employees, too. Enter the education benefit wars. Large employers are betting that paying employee tuition will be a key retention tool.

Beware choosing wrong vaccine incentive

Forcing all employees to be vaccinated presents significant legal risks, and most employment law attorneys recommend against it. A popular work-around has been to encourage vaccinations by offering incentives to employees. That can help. But the incentive offered matters. Here’s what works and what can get you in trouble.

EEOC: OK to require employees to be vaccinated against covid-19

Federal equal employment opportunity laws do not prevent an employer from requiring all employees physically entering the workplace to be vaccinated for covid-19, according to new guidance issued by the EEOC on May 28. However, employers must comply with the reasonable accommodation provisions of the ADA and Title VII.

Labor crunch: Lure applicants with higher pay

The post-pandemic economy is showing signs of a solid recovery. Businesses that sell goods and services are gearing up to satisfy pent-up demand. But first they need to hire staff, and that is proving to be a challenge, even as the unemployment rate continued to hover around 6.1% in April.

Your vaccination decisions: 5 key issues to consider

You should absolutely formalize your decisions in a written vaccination policy that you provide to each employee, so that everyone is on the same page as to your requirements and expectations. Here are the five key considerations that should be front of mind.

Vaccine incentives: Maybe legal, maybe not

Some employers have begun offering incentives for employees to get the covid-19 vaccination. At first glance, that sounds like a great idea. However, there are legal complications that may not be obvious.

EEOC withdraws proposed rule on wellness program incentives

Remember back in January when the EEOC issued a proposed rule that would have strictly limited the kinds of incentives employers could offer to encourage employees to participate in wellness programs? Never mind.