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Employers wrestling with covid safety, return to work

Employers face a host of issues as they negotiate returning to on-site work amid a historically tight labor market, according to a Littler Mendelson survey conducted in March.

Yes, you need a code of conduct. What should it say?

Most companies have anti-harassment policies. Far fewer include behaviors that fall outside of illegal protected-class workplace harassment. The time has come for all employers to adopt a code of conduct in addition to their harassment policy—and let all employees, customers and vendors know that any mistreatment of employees or others will not be tolerated.

OK, the mask mandate is toast. What do you do now?

Masks may not be required on public transportation anymore, but that doesn’t mean you must scrap your own covid-safety policies.

Positive cannabis tests broke record in 2021

The number of U.S. employees testing positive for drugs broke records in 2021, a result that has some questioning the value of routinely testing applicants and employees for marijuana.

Is it time to drop your vaccine mandate?

Is it time for employers to rethink their covid-19 policies, including requiring employees to be vaccinated and boosted as a condition of employment? The answer depends on a number of factors. Before making a decision on internal vaccine mandates, weigh these issues.

Follow 3-part plan for returning to work

New CDC guidance maps the way from pandemic to endemic, like influenza. Coronavirus may become something that’s always there—hovering in the background—that we learn to work around. For employers, making that transition will require following a three-part strategy.

Snapshot: Return-to-work vax status

Roughly one in five employees who work on-site say their employer required them to get a covid-19 vaccine.

Lure workers back by welcoming dogs, too

While 67% of employees polled by pet-product company Honest Paws said they would consider looking for a new job if they were no longer allowed to work remotely, 78% said they would stay if they could bring their pets to work.

Consider updating workplace romance rules

It will soon be five years since the viral #MeToo social media movement raised awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace. A series of high-profile investigations and firings prompted many employers to amend their policies governing romantic relationships among co-workers and between bosses and subordinates.

Provide lactation privacy for new mothers

For more than a decade, federal law has required employers with 50 or more employees to provide reasonable break time for workers to express breast milk for up to one year after the child’s birth. The other key part: Employers must also offer a private location (not a bathroom) that is shielded from view and free from interruptions.