Accelerated by the new normal surrounding remote work, businesses must find a comprehensive platform that enables collaboration from anywhere.
Archives for November 2020
Here’s How Managers Can Help Women Stay in the Workforce
One in 4 women are contemplating downshifting their career or leaving the workforce, according to this year’s McKinsey and LeanIn.org annual Women in the Workplace study.
Pennsylvania Court Affirms Unemployment Benefits for Medical Marijuana User
A Pennsylvania Appeals Court affirmed an order granting unemployment benefits to a medical marijuana user who was terminated by his employer for a positive drug test. The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Auth. v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Review, Case No. 228 C.D. 2020 (Commw. Ct. Pa. Nov. 18, 2020).
OSHA’s ‘absurd reinterpretation’ of a regulation regarding workers and Covid-19
Workplace exposures continue to be a major driver of the coronavirus pandemic, something that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) should be on top of. But a reinterpretation of a reporting rule is making that all but impossible.
What Organized Labor Wants From Biden
The pandemic has been brutal for the nation’s food and hotel workers, thousands of whom have lost their jobs.
I bashed my manager in an email to a co-worker… and my boss found out: Ask HR
Question: In a moment of frustration, I wrote an email to my colleague venting about my manager.
Answer Man: Do presidents have to abide by anti-discrimination labor laws?
Question: My husband and I enjoy discussing your column over a cold beer in the evening (which I think you would approve of).
Nashville leaders share steps for a diverse and inclusive workplace
Jen Robinson urges employers to start a dialogue and take action.
Nashville Business Journal
California Employers Now Have an Emergency Temporary Standard To Contend With
On November 19, 2020, California’s Department of Industrial Relations Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (“Board”) adopted a general safety order that, in effect, creates an emergency temporary standard specific to potential workplace coronavirus (“COVID-19”) exposures (“COVID-19 Prevention Rule” or “Rule”). While not the first state to adopt an emergency
COVID-19 Vaccinations Arriving For the Holidays: What Employers Need to Know and Can Do
As we discussed in a previous post, employers have already been planning for the arrival of a vaccine—and for good reason given the array of issues to consider when implementing vaccination-related policies. Although mandatory vaccination policies are legal (possibly subject to two limited categories of exemptions and variations in state
FMCSA Issues Order Preempting Washington’s Meal and Rest Break Rules as Applied to Commercial Truck Drivers
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an order this week that Washington State’s meal and rest break rules are preempted as applied to property-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers subject to its hours of service rules.
ICE Extends Form I-9 Verification Flexibility Policy Through December 31, 2020
On November 18, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of its policy allowing flexibility in performing in-person verification of documents presented for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
Governor Walz ‘Dials Back’ Minnesota’s Phased Reopening Due to Resurgence of COVID-19
On November 18, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz dialed back Minnesota’s phased reopening and ongoing loosening of COVID-19–related restrictions by issuing Emergency Executive Order (EO) 20-99, “Implementing a Four Week Dial Back on Certain Activities to Slow the Spread of COVID-19.”
Washington State Issues Advisory Urging Travelers to Quarantine for Two Weeks
On November 13, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory for Washington State recommending a 14-day quarantine for all persons entering the state and encouraging residents to stay close to home.
Washington State Is Developing Wildfire Smoke Worker-Safety Rules
Smoke from Western wildfires caused Washington state to experience some of the worst air quality in the world this year, which increased health risks to outdoor workers. In response, the state’s Department of Labor & Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“L&I” or “Division”) announced that it is developing