The solution is difficult to implement in some settings, however, which raises questions about access and equity. When schools, day cares and other institutions shuttered in response to the coronavirus, workers’ caregiving duties exploded. Spring passed. Summer is almost over. And now, with the school year beginning, many workers are seeing their care conundrum go…

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Employees shouldn’t have to choose between work and children and it’s up to employers to make sure parents succeed on both fronts. The school situation this fall is anything but normal. Parents are anxious, many facing months of full-time or partial at-home learning. How will they juggle remote work with their children’s need for help…

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Employees come to work to perform a job, but they also bring their social, political and personal ideologies, which they may choose to express in conversations with co-workers, on their clothing or in other ways. Thousands of Americans are actively engaging in social justice movements and standing up for causes such as Black Lives Matter.…

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Employers are charting paths to reopening workplaces in spite of the turbulence caused by the pandemic, and compliance frameworks are beginning to emerge, speakers said Aug. 5 at the 2020 Disability Management Employer Coalition Virtual Annual Conference. As HR departments for essential businesses or customer-facing industries reopen, some questions are easier to answer than others at…

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Workers must be able to de-escalate situations before they become heated and possibly violent, a recent client told us. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are requiring customers and employees alike to wear face masks. Walmart announced July 15 that face masks would be mandatory for customers, signaling the start of a widespread requirement…

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Although the 2020 EEO-1 deadline was extended due to the pandemic, contractors and subcontractors who have a current contract covered by the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) or had a contract as of January 1, 2020, must file a VETS-4212 report by September 30, 2020. The filing database is now open. Contractors should file as early as…

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Par Ventures, Inc., a North Carolina corporation that operates seven McDonald’s restaurants, has agreed to pay $12,500 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit alleging that a teenage worker was subjected a sexually hostile work environment. EEOC alleged in a statement announcing the agreement that a “people manager” at one of the…

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As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued more guidance for workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities under federal leave and wage and hour laws. On July 20, the DOL added new questions and answers to pandemic-related issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and…

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