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Should California COVID safeguards be permanent?

Many employers spoke of the burdens of the protections, especially the requirement to continue contact tracing and the failure to consider the decline in COVID-19 cases. The standard is also vague, they argue.

The future of work: 70% of employees are not prepared

According to a study of 3,000 people conducted by Amazon and Workplace Intelligence, almost 80% of employees are concerned they lack the skills to advance their careers, 70% of employees lack the education to do so and 58% believe their skills have gone stale since the pandemic.

Change your passwords—again

’Tis hacking season, but it’s always hacking season now. You can repeat password mantras until you’re blue in the face—don’t use the same ones, change them regularly—but employees will use the same ones and won’t change them regularly, because they’re human. Allow employees to choose their passwords, with clear guidance.

Are you missing the best candidates? Defeat the robots

Given the ease of online portals, posting a job opening online is easy and inexpensive. But a survey by Preptel, a job search firm, revealed that well over half of résumés submitted through a portal like Indeed or ZipRecruiter never make it to your desk.

EEOC commissioner targets abortion travel benefits

An EEOC commissioner launched probes of companies offering abortion travel subsidies to employees. The commissioner alleges discrimination against pregnant workers who are not offered equivalent benefits.

What the elections mean for employers

The mid-term elections are now over. What do the results mean for employers nationally and in specific states? Here are a few possibilities.

What’s in a name? Are you happy with “HR department”?

A growing number of companies are using terms like “talent management” instead of “human resources.”

Your handbook could get you sued

Common handbook rules require honesty on a job application and prior approval before taking on a second job, as well as proof that any second job wouldn’t interfere with the first one. That way, you may assume you can fire a worker who lied on their application or whose moonlighting would conflict with the day job. Unfortunately, each of these handbook rules could backfire if used to justify a demotion or termination.

Draft your executive contingency plan

We live in a culture where easy access to social media networks means a single indiscretion can become common knowledge in a few hours or even minutes. For employers, this can mean being forced to react to bad publicity almost immediately. That’s one reason every employer should have a contingency plan for not just responding but also for instant, pre-authorized action.

Court orders rehiring of unvaxxed workers

Some employers are bracing for a rough flu/covid season. But should you insist that your employees vaccinate against them? That depends.