The pandemic-induced recession has forced many to access their long-term savings to combat short-term financial pressures, according to numerous sources. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, retirement preparedness and financial health were common concerns for U.S. workers. Now, a recession has forced many to dig into their long-term savings for short-term needs. Federal lawmakers recognized that…

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The post-pandemic landscape may be a very different one, especially with respect to leave and accommodations, experts are saying. It’s a familiar scene for anyone who has spent time in an office: Leadership calls an all-hands meeting and droves of employees pile into the main conference room, dragging in chairs and getting cozy. But COVID-19…

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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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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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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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From government guidance to social distancing mandates, sources recommended such plans rely on strong principles but make room for flexibility. As workplaces reopen, employers will need to devise plans that follow strong principles. Such plans must also preserve flexibility, allowing employers to pivot when necessary. But what are those principles? And how can employers enact…

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Employers can consider a multitude of tactics, sources say, from selecting returnees fairly to communicating transparently. As more states and industries begin reopening, employers are also beginning to rehire employees who were involuntarily separated via pandemic-driven workforce reductions. In this situation, employment experts say employers need to consider a number of tactical, legal and talent…

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