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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.

After layoffs, address employees’ survivor’s guilt

U.S. employers announced nearly 1.6 million permanent job cuts in the first half of 2020, according to tracking by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. It’s a staggering number, and those who are left working almost certainly feel the strain of survivor’s guilt.

Vaccines: Prepare for flu season—and beyond

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown our usual work scenarios into chaos, and now another, more familiar, health risk is looming: the fall influenza season. If you don’t usually encourage employees to get flu shots, consider starting now.

The HR I.Q. Test: September ’20

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

5 dangerous omissions from your employee handbook

How many of the following aspects of an effective employee handbook are unfortunately on your list of “to-dos,” and represent dangerous omissions that could catch you off guard?