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NLRB clarifies obligations during pandemic

Several recent cases before the National Labor Relations Board show that the National Labor Relations Act most definitely affects employer obligations during the coronavirus pandemic. Remember, the NLRA covers all employers, not just those that employ union members.

3 questions, 3 answers on parental leave for kids’ schooling during coronavirus

In her recent webinar, FMLA Master Class: The Evolution of Paid Leave, attorney Anniken Davenport fielded questions regarding the emergency paid leave law that went into effect nationwide as a response to the coronavirus pandemic–and specifically, what the law means for employees with school-age children.

Unconscious bias: What is it & how do you manage it?

While the concept of unconscious bias isn’t new, its impact on workplace culture is in the spotlight as HR leaders focus on initiatives to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion. Unconscious bias training is one of the proactive ways HR can raise awareness of the issue and minimize its influence on behaviors, policies and processes.

Avoid the high cost of not posting promotions

Failing to post job announcements where employees will see them may trigger an expensive lawsuit. That’s a very real problem now. With more employees working remotely, there are fewer chances to spot a promotion opportunity on the breakroom bulletin board or learn about an opening during a casual chat with a co-worker.

Minority employees under-represented at every organizational level

According to the Mercer consulting firm’s new Let’s Get Real About Equality 2020 report, 66% of organizations say senior executives are actively engaged in efforts to foster diversity, equity and inclusion. There is plenty of room for improvement.

I can’t work in the office … and you can’t make me!

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that many employees are just as productive when they’re working from home as they are in the office. Which raises the question: Can you make employees come back to the office?

Does ‘religious freedom’ give OK for job bias?

In recent years, many corporations have made an effort to show their inclusive nature to certain groups, including the LGBT community. But what should your company do if an employee cites “religious freedom” as a reason to reject those company efforts?

Leave & accommodation are top reasons for COVID suits

A new analysis of all COVID-based employment lawsuits found the most popular claims are related to employee leave and disability accommodations, followed by retaliation/whistleblower suits.

Discover harassment by boss? Act ASAP

There is almost no way for an employer to defend against an employee’s claim that she was the victim of quid pro quo sexual harassment by a supervisor. The threat of discipline or termination unless a subordinate agrees to have sex with the boss is usually a slam-dunk win for an employee who sues.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act could pass

The PWFA is modeled after the ADA. It would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for all pregnant workers who need them.