As many businesses start to reopen, they are creating guidelines to keep their employees safe. New protocols include requiring workers to stay six feet apart from each other (and from customers, if appropriate), wear face masks and keep their hands clean at all times. While some employees may be able to adhere to these conditions,…

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From leading video chats to helping reports deal with distractions, HR can relay a number of lessons to company leaders. Remote work, for years an emerging trend in American workplaces, has become an undeniable reality during the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health officials promoted social distancing as a means of mitigating COVID-19 when it began to…

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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted organizations and caused human resources managers to think differently about their role as they adjust to social distancing practices and a new work environment that they may never have imagined. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, companies have switched to a remote work model at a rate and scale…

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The pandemic brought an abrupt end to many spring internships. Employers are evaluating how the virus will change next season’s programs. When the novel coronavirus arrived in the U.S., it upended work for many. Among those whose jobs disappeared were interns. Walt Disney Co. closed its U.S. theme parks in March, ending the internships of…

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Employers with fewer than 50 employees may claim an exemption from the emergency paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and the exemption applies specifically to leave taken for reasons of child care and school closures related to COVID-19, according to a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidance updated March 28.…

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