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The pandemic pushed so many workers home at the same time that it introduced countless new sources of stress and anxiety. Keeping employees happy, or at least, not burnt out has never been more important as they work in isolation from their coworkers, and perhaps from everyone.How far can remote efforts to improve morale really go? Can any one appr…
 
It was just last Wednesday when an unprecedented attack on the Capitol building captured the attention of the world. I, for one, watched with disbelief as doors were breached, police were overrun, tear gas was used on both attackers and defenders, and when one woman died. It was a grim scene and one that reminds us that even those places that are s…
 
When it comes to hiring, veterans are often overlooked. Many organizations have worked very hard to bring their unemployment numbers closer to other groups with some success. However, there is one related group of candidates that is even more often overlooked: military spouses. This episode will examine why that is a mistake on the part of employer…
 
In the last episode of HR Works COVID-19 Update (https://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/podcast/hr-works-covid-19-update-conducting-remote-workplace-investigations/), we began to discuss conducting remote workplace investigations with an expert attorney. In this episode, we are going to continue that discussion, focusing specifically on how poorly conducte…
 
The pandemic has changed so much about how everyday HR tasks are completed. One of those tasks includes workplace investigations. A combination of remote work and additional health security measures have likely hampered workplace investigations.In this episode we have Andre Caldwell (https://ogletree.com/people/andre-b-caldwell/), a shareholder at …
 
In this episode we explore a simple question: can you mandate vaccinations at your workplace? We also discuss the latest guidance from the EEOC to some degree and take a stab at whether you should or not along with some other detailed considerations.We are pleased to have back with us today the illustrious Maggie Spell (https://www.joneswalker.com/…
 
It has been a few months since we have discussed workplace policies surrounding testing on this podcast. Since that time, testing has become much more widespread and available. In this episode, we will discuss what testing methods have been most effective, and what testing will look like next year.We are pleased to have back on the show today Dr. S…
 
Many analysts and experts weighed in around this time last year to give their hiring predictions for 2020. We’ll never know how those predictions would have played out had the pandemic not occurred. Now we once again ask ourselves “what will hiring look like next year?” I have expert Michael “Batman” Cohen on the show to find out.Batman is the Foun…
 
We all know that the move to remote work has many implications for the modern workforce. But does remote have to mean from home? Does it have to mean from your state? What about your country? Some countries have special packages that allow US employees to work abroad.In this episode we will explore this with Moe Vela, Chief Transparency Officer and…
 
The Biden administration will be taking over on January 20, 2021. The administration’s approach to employment law will likely be very different from the current administration’s. Additionally, Executive Orders have played a large role in how employment law is conducted in the United States. What changes can Biden make with his own orders? What dire…
 
It has been a few months since we have discussed workplace policies surrounding testing on this podcast. Since that time, testing has become much more widespread and available. Recent news has also offered us perhaps our first breath of fresh air in quite some time: two viable vaccines have been successfully developed. In this episode, we will disc…
 
In the last episode, we began to discuss the issue of online accessibility and an increase in general, especially since the pandemic hit in lawsuits surrounding this issue. Today we are going to continue that discussion, specifically focusing on a proposed piece of legislation called the Online Accessibility Act.We are pleased to have back with us …
 
This special episode is sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management, also known as SHRM. We are also excited to announce that this is our very first SHRM credit approved podcast episode. Stay tuned for information on how to get your credits later in the program.With large swaths of the workforce working remotely, some employers have grow…
 
With the mass migration toward working from home, more employees are depending on digital devices and the Internet for essential information for everything both in and out of work. Yet, many websites, services, and digital tools are not accessible to people with disabilities. That may mean your employees are having difficulty completing their work.…
 
In September, the DOL released a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding rules for employers to follow when classifying a worker as an independent contractor or an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In this episode, we unpack what these proposed rules would mean for employers with employment lawyer Jacob M. Monty.Jake is managing partner …
 
When the leader of a digital identity and access management company wanted to rapidly expand, he needed a configurable training management solution that could handle the pressure. Ultimately, he found more than just a solution, he found a business partner. Through that partnership, both organizations grew to great heights.This is our second episode…
 
Before the pandemic, awareness of the need for a well-crafted and -maintained company culture was high, and HR was making real strides toward taking charge of those efforts. That awareness has only been heightened, and being effective has simultaneously been challenged by the pandemic. How do HR professionals adapt? What tools do they discard, and …
 
The pandemic has changed so much about how we work together and how we interact. It has also redefined many social norms and etiquette. Layoffs, pay reductions, employee illness, and death have all increased over the last months, and with each comes a difficult conversation. HR has always been positioned to be the people who have to deliver difficu…
 
If you have a learning management system, you probably have access to a boatload of metrics. But what do they really tell you? Do they help you fine-tune your training regiments? One expert suggests that a swath of additional, less common metrics exist and they can help you unlock hidden and meaningful trends within your training process.You may al…
 
In the last episode of HR Works COVID-19 Update, I was joined by Neurologist and headache expert Dr. Charisse Litchman to discuss how the pandemic has lead to increased screen times and consequently increased headaches. In this episode, we continue our discussion with Dr. Litchman, which includes the topic of how HR can help their employees prevent…
 
Recent research has shown that the ordinary 11 hours a day of screentime that most employees are exposed to has increased by 3 hours every day since the pandemic began. That amount of screen time leads to more headaches and more serious headaches, an often misunderstood and underappreciated concern for employers and employees alike.In this episode,…
 
In this episode, we take a look at some of the DOL’s revisions and reaffirmations of the original FFCRA regulations. That includes clarifications around leave for medical professionals, intermittent leave, and more. You may also listen here: https://bit.ly/3hIREJ1And we have with us a familiar voice: attorney Maggie Spell (https://www.joneswalker.c…
 
The pandemic has put a lot of strain on everyday Americans in a host of ways from job losses, riskier work for the same or reduced pay, to financial hardship. You may also listen here: https://bit.ly/2ZPucnaToday’s guest believes that employers have a duty to be courageous about financial inclusion and to do whatever they can to help employees mana…
 
In this episode, we discuss substance abuse. While always an issue, substance abuse becomes much more widespread and serious during crises. This crisis in particular offers an especially troubling environment for abuse.You may also listen here: https://bit.ly/3cc2LccToday’s episode is brought to you by The Standard, a family of businesses united by…
 
In this episode, we go over the latest workplace COVID-19 testing strategies and capabilities. What types of tests exist and how available are they? What strategies are employers using, especially those that require workers on-site like mines and factories? What technologies are being developed and what will testing look like in the future?You may …
 
When I first took over this podcast, my very first guest was Ira Wolfe, and we talked about what HR might look like in 2025. By all accounts, we were well on track to realize that future. But then the pandemic hit and that future has largely been changed.You may also listen here: https://bit.ly/350BEzcIn this episode I am pleased to have Ira back w…
 
According to our guest this week, retaliation claims surrounding COVID-19 are outpacing many other types of lawsuits. Are your managers well trained when it comes to avoiding retaliation suits?You can also listen to this episode here: https://bit.ly/32V5dzvThis episode's guest is once again Maggie Spell (https://www.joneswalker.com/professionals/ma…
 
When the pandemic first hit the United States, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed to help protect American citizens. The FFCRA has been in effect for some time since then, and employment lawsuits have begun hitting the courts. You can also listen here: https://bit.ly/3gWirRBIn this episode, we are going to go over some o…
 
The early effects of the pandemic on the workforce saw many businesses close, and many others take extreme measures to survive, including downsizing, cutting pay, and reducing or eliminating benefits. Our guests today believe that getting a better handle on your people costs and benefits can help organizations be less draconian in their approach to…
 
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has invited a new wave of discrimination, particularly against pregnant women, employees over the age of 65, and those of Chinese or Asian heritage. There are other issues as well, including managing discrimination while employees are working remotely. As your organization meets the other challenges of COVID-19, make sure yo…
 
Last time on HR Works COVID-19 Update we began to explore the many new types of wage and hour lawsuits that might be coming your way in light of the pandemic. This week we'll hear from a lawyer that specializes in these types of cases to discuss where she is seeing new lawsuits, what they look like, and what might happen going forward.We are please…
 
This episode strives to answer one important question: can COVID-19 testing play an effective role in bringing workers back to the workplace? New information and data about the disease are available every day and with it comes changes in best practices for keeping everyone safe. Meanwhile, many employers are bringing workers back to the workplace a…
 
Imagine this: your employees have been working with a wage cut for the last few months. But there is good news! Your business has recovered enough for you to restore their pay. Not only that, but you also want to make them whole, so you pay everyone a bonus on top of restoring their pay. Did you know that you may have just committed at least three …
 
Last week we began to explore employer liability when it comes to COVID-19-related issues. Today we are going to dive in a little deeper, and answer some very important questions like can you force employees to take a COVID-19 test? What about antibody tests? Can you measure their temperatures? Can you make them wear a mask? What happens if they do…
 
While the pandemic has influenced every worker in the united states, it has not done so evenly. Already there are serious differences between essential workers who stay on the front lines and those who were lucky enough to work from home. In short, the country is in total chaos. Some states are closing down for the first time, some are opening back…
 
As the landscape of work changes, so will the landscape of employment law. Across our nation, some states are closing down while others are opening up. That creates a lot of variability in how employers approach keeping everyone safe and the return to work. What are the liabilities? How can they keep up when best practices change constantly? Will d…
 
The major win for DACA recipients a few weeks ago made the news for how unexpected it was. However, the issue is far from solved. In this episode, we discuss what you need to know about supporting your DACA workers right now before things change.We are pleased to have back with us today, Jonathan Petts, Co-Founder of a non-profit organization calle…
 
In this special episode of HR Works Podcast, my colleague Justin Scace from the EHS On Tap Podcast (https://ehsdailyadvisor.blr.com/podcasts/) joins me to interview an EHS and an HR professional from one of the largest private companies in the United States: Koch Industries, Incorporated (https://www.kochind.com/).Our collective goal is to better u…
 
Between general travel restrictions, anti-immigrant travel restrictions, massive unemployment, closed businesses, and now the recently announced ban on certain foreign national visas, immigrant workers in the U.S. are undergoing particularly challenging times. They are not the only ones feeling the pain; employers of foreign national workers are al…
 
In this episode I speak with a highly respected authority on the psychology of change about the return to work. Many have adjusted to the new realities presented by the coronavirus, and yet states and workplaces alike are reopening their doors. What does that mean for those of us who stayed home? What if we don’t want to go back? What if we can’t? …
 
Now more than months into the pandemic, we are starting to see the first COVID-related employee lawsuits. Last week we began to discuss which employee policies need to be updated or created to handle new legal challenges surrounding the coronavirus. For example, we recently saw a wrongful death and survival action for the coronavirus related fatali…
 
COVID-19 has changed everything, but has your employee handbook been updated? In this episode of HR Works COVID-19 Update, my guest discusses the critical policy updates that your organization needs to make in order to avoid an upcoming wave of coronavirus-related litigation.Now three months into the pandemic, we are starting to see the first COVID…
 
In today's episode, emotional intelligence expert Don Everett, CEO of Workforce Interactive (https://www.workforceinteractive.com/) joins us with another guest to explore how EQ can be successfully measured and implemented to help HR solve a number of problems. We are also hosting a webinar called Someone Moved My Cheese Again; and It's Okay This T…
 
In the last episode we began to explore some of HR's responsibilities when it comes to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, or the PPP for short. Today we'll continue that conversation and learn about compliance obligations, the likelihoods of audits, and when the loans stay a loan or become forgiven.We are again are joi…
 
As companies struggle to stay in business, many have decided to take advantage of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, or the PPP for short. The details surrounding this type of loan has some HR considerations, like whether you have to hire back the same employees to take advantage of loan forgiveness, whether you can pa…
 
The isolation of stay at home orders are accelerating behavioral health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, but even during the best of times, making sure you are aware of the mental health needs of your employees is very important. That means understanding risk factors, having a well trained HR team to handle everything from benefits to interacti…
 
In the last episode of HR Works: COVID-19 Update we began speaking with employment attorney Jacob M. Monty (https://montyramirezlaw.com/attorneys/jacob-m-monty-managing-partner), managing partner and founder of Monty & Ramirez LLP (https://montyramirezlaw.com) about the potential for concerted activity during the pandemic. Today we dig a little dee…
 
Employers beware! The situation we find ourselves in provides unique leverage and incentives for collective action. Many low paid workers have been labelled essential and are obligated to work in hazardous conditions for the same low pay, or in some cases even with pay cuts. Workers in non-essential businesses have watched their companies cut pay, …
 
Note: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.orgThe topic of this episode is a difficult one, but one that is very important in the context of employee mental health: suicide. What does HR do when an employee threatens suicide? What if they attempt it? What if they succeed? These troubling cir…
 
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