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The HR I.Q. Test: October ’20

Here’s your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

Agreement elusive in debate over politics at work

With less than a month to go before Election Day, Americans are predictably divided on a basic question: Is it acceptable to discuss politics at work?

Survey: Q1 2021 return for most furloughed workers

A majority of North American employers expect most of their furloughed workers will return to work by the first quarter of 2021. However, relatively few employers expect to rehire laid-off employees.

Survey: Workers blame managers for job stress

A new survey affirms the workplace adage that employees leave managers, not companies.

Your workplace posters: Beware 3 common legal pitfalls

Employers are often surprised to learn about their lesser-known legal obligations surrounding labor law postings. Here are the top three missteps that result in noncompliance.

When vaccine is out, can you (should you) require it?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EEOC issued guidance that addressed this question.

California rules offer return-to-work model

One key question vexing employers: When can employees who have had covid-19 safely return to work? If your state doesn’t offer clear rules, consider following the best practices spelled out in California’s new return-to-work rules.

Defeat bias lawsuits with well-crafted policies

One of the best ways to beat employee allegations that they were disciplined or fired because of discrimination: Show the court you have comprehensive policies on discipline that you enforce consistently.

Ensure diagnostic apps protect worker privacy

An attempt by New York City to keep municipal employees from spreading the coronavirus has prompted a union local to file an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

Women bear brunt of pandemic job crash

During the Great Recession of 2007-2009, men lost far more jobs than women did. Not so in the wake of the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.