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1.3 Million Workers File for New Unemployment Benefits

States reported that 1.3 million U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending July 4. First-time claims have fallen for 14 straight weeks since hitting a record 6.8 million in late March. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits dropped to 18 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 14 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment.

Taking Care of Your Employees and Yourself During the Pandemic

​Rosa Crespo, SHRM-SCP, took her first human resources assignment in 1996. Twenty-four years later, COVID-19 nearly brought the HR manager at Universal Synergetics, in Marlton, N.J., to her knees. With parents in their 80s and a sister and brother-in-law with compromised immune systems, Crespo was worried, both personally and in her role as an HR department of one for more than 30 employees and many temporary employees. The challenges of COVID-19 have seemed insurmountable at times.Early in the

It’s Time to Talk About Race

It’s better for people of different races to talk about their different experiences than to avoid difficult discussions, says columnist Jathan Janove. By sharing our stories and backgrounds, we build trust and understanding. A bond forms that would not otherwise exist.

Do Your Employees Know Why You Believe in Racial Equity?

​Editor’s Note: SHRM has partnered with Harvard Business Review to bring you relevant articles on key HR topics and strategies. Structural racism has conditioned us to accept that including people of color in majority-white workplaces, especially Black people, equates to lowering the bar. Not only is this framing incorrect, it is dangerously divisive. Still, it remains pervasive. Too often in my work helping organizations strategize on diversity, inclusion and equity goals I

Facial Analysis Technology in the Workplace Brings Risks

Facial recognition technology has been under the microscope as organizations and lawmakers re-evaluate its use in the wake of global protests about racial injustice. Technology giants Amazon, IBM and Microsoft all recently announced that they would stop selling facial recognition technology to police departments in the United States, citing the technology’s potential for violating human rights and concerns about racial profiling.

Screening for Applicants’ COVID-19 Concerns: Can You? Should You?

​HR professionals know that the interviewing process can be time-consuming and costly, and there’s always the risk that a candidate will accept an offer elsewhere. But 2020 brings a new concern and potential risk—that fear of COVID-19 will cause candidates to back out of the process even after an offer has been made.There has been plenty of news coverage surrounding what employers can and shouldn’t do about screening job applicants for physical symptoms related to COVID-19. But what about sc