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NLRB OKs limited bans on cell phones at work

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld an employer policy requiring employees to stow personal cell phones in lockers because safety concerns on the factory floor outweigh the “relatively slight risk” that the policy would interfere with employees’ right to engage in activity protected by the National Labor Relations Act.

CDC’s office guidelines mark rocky road back to work

On May 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly dropped a bombshell for employers trying to figure out how to safely reopen their office buildings as the coronavirus pandemic wanes. The CDC’s new guidance calls for major changes that will be difficult for many employers to make.

What if you open and employees won’t return?

Many workers currently sidelined because of the coronavirus pandemic are reluctant to return to work. Each group presents unique challenges for employers that want to get back to business.

Employers worried about PPE cost and access

More than three-quarters (77%) of employers say they’re concerned about their ability to acquire enough personal protective equipment (face masks, etc.) and disinfectants to open and run their offices safely this summer, according to a new survey by outsourcing firm OperationsInc.

CDC guidance on reopening goes back to basics

As coronavirus cases diminish and state governments gradually allow businesses to reopen, employers may face different challenges depending on their industry and location. Almost all, however, will benefit from following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance issued in late May.

As employees return to work, consider alternative schedules

Alternative scheduling discards the usual nine-to-five, Monday-through-Friday in favor of arrangements that add time and space between employees. This expanded way of deploying your workforce creates a wealth of potential scenarios.

Coronavirus resources for multinational employers

Employers with overseas operations have a free, comprehensive source of country-specific coronavirus information and resources.

Coming to a court near you: covid-19 lawsuits

In just a few weeks, dozens of federal lawsuits have been filed alleging some workplace wrong related to the coronavirus or covid-19.

Back-to-work checklist: Steps to consider in emerging from shutdown

As workplaces reopen after the coronavirus shutdown, here is a checklist from The Conference Board to help your HR department plan these important safety, operational and legal decisions.

FBI warns of employees faking COVID diagnosis

The FBI last month warned U.S. businesses that some employees may be using phony doctors’ notes to fake a positive coronavirus diagnosis. The reason: a paid vacation, of course.