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As summer swelters, keep staff safe from heat

This summer has set heat records even in states that typically do not see many extremely hot days. Because excessive heat can severely sicken workers—and sometimes kill them—more states are issuing emergency heat requirements employers must follow. In the last month, both Oregon and Washington have established heat-safety standards you should consider applying to your worksites.

Delta dawn: Remasking is coming (and if you’re in L.A., it’s already here)

Remasking seems inevitable now, even if it’s just for a brief period of time. Which again brings up these two questions—how does this affect your workplace and what do you do about employees who won’t get a shot and won’t mask?

5 skills every future HR leader must possess—and pass along

Only 35% of current executives surveyed believe that future chief people officers are getting the development they will need in an era in which most jobs have not yet been created. Here’s a look at five attributes current HR executives say tomorrow’s leaders will need.

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.

Anti-harassment training in the post-COVID era: HR’s new role

The dramatic return of sexual harassment cases to the forefront of pop culture and employment litigation the past couple years should serve as a wake-up call to human resource professionals to reconsider whether they are relying on outdated and awkward harassment training videos or other boilerplate programs.

Prepare your policy for a proliferation of pandemic puppies

During the past year, lots of your employees got new pets. As people return to the workplace, expect more “Can I bring my dog to work?” questions. Now’s a good time to clarify (or draft) your policy as a perk or recruitment tool.

Requiring COVID shots? Beware fake vax cards

Fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine cards are so readily available online that the FBI is now warning people that making or buying such cards is a federal crime.

Employees get vaccinated if employers encourage them to

About three-quarters of workers whose employers encouraged getting a vaccine or offered paid time off to do so say they have gotten at least one shot, significantly more than the shares whose employers didn’t encourage vaccination or offer paid time off.

Developing female talent is most critical leadership issue

As the country recovers from both the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic downturn, an overwhelming majority of business leaders say developing women is their most important leadership challenge.

Snapshot: Most under-recognized legal risks

In addition to the usual legal issues employers face, senior leaders say they’re worried about these risks.