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When Top Candidates Have Another Offer

While some recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers recommend expediting the hiring process while asking the candidate to hold off on accepting the other offer, others take a less reactive approach. All acknowledge that the situation is quite common—and becoming more so.

Company Finds Virtual Dog Show Breeds Employee Engagement

​Artificial intelligence company Interactions is going to the dogs … in a good way. The Franklin, Mass.-based company conducted a one-hour virtual dog show recently, complete with judges and an American Kennel Club background, as 16 canines of all shapes, sizes and breeds entertained employees via Zoom.The company, which builds intelligent virtual assistants used to manage customer experience for companies, has eight offices in the U.S. and one in London and India. About one-third of the 475 emp

Germany: 10 Back-to-Work Considerations

​In late August 2020, the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs published new COVID-19 occupational health and safety rules, which specify already existing occupational health and safety standards. In light of this, employers should review their current back-to-work set of rules, if any, or implement corresponding policies as soon as possible, bearing in mind the following 10 key points.Update Risk AssessmentThe obligation to update risk assessment due to the pandemic is mandatory.

New Unemployment Claims Hold Steady, Remain High

States reported that 860,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Sept. 12. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell to 12.6 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 14.5 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment, although experts are now skeptical of that figure. New applications for unemployment benefits are still well above the pre-pandemic levels of about 200,000 claims per week.

Court Allows Phaseout of TPS for 300K Immigrants

A panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the Trump administration permission to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost 300,000 immigrants, primarily from El Salvador. The ruling eliminates deportation protections and work permits for TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan while litigation is ongoing and is expected to also affect the status of TPS holders from Honduras and Nepal, under a separate lawsuit.

Study Finds Productivity Not Deterred by Shift to Remote Work

​Recent research shows that the skepticism many companies had about working from home may be eroding. Ninety-four percent of 800 employers surveyed by Mercer, an HR and workplace benefits consulting firm, said that productivity was the same as or higher than it was before the pandemic, even with their employees working remotely."Historically, there has been a perception in many organizations that if employees were not seen, they weren’t working—or at least not as effectively as they wo