Bringing New Employees on Board During COVID-19

Hiring continues during the COVID-19 pandemic, as some companies need to bring new employees on board to serve customer or product development needs. With states and even counties and municipalities taking different approaches to preventing the spread of the coronavirus, employers are finding themselves addressing a variety of employee needs and concerns.

6-15-48: These 3 Numbers Offer A Simple Way To Understand Contact Tracing In The Workplace

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of encountering a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 among your employees as you reopen your business is identifying those employees who worked near the infected worker – and thus must also be quarantined. Luckily, there is a simple numerical sequence you can remember that will enable you to follow the CDC contact tracing guidelines for general businesses: 6-15-48.

What San Diego County Restaurants Need To Know About The Reopening Of Dining Rooms

California recently approved San Diego County’s request to move further into Stage 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap. San Diego County restaurants and retail businesses may now open with appropriate modifications to their operations. Pursuant to the May 21, 2020 Public Health Order promulgated by the local Public Health Office, retail businesses need to comply with the County’s Safe Reopening Plan along with their industry’s guidance and checklist. (Shopping centers have their own industry guidance and checklist.) Retail businesses which have been open for pick-up and delivery will need to update their Safe Reopening Plan if they intend to permit customers into their stores.

What Employers Need To Know As Florida Begins To Reopen

This week, Governor Ron DeSantis and many of Florida’s largest counties issued orders carefully detailing if and how businesses across the state may re-open. Fisher Phillips has reviewed the relevant orders, which are summarized below.

Back-To-School FAQs For Educational Institutions During The COVID-19 Era

We have outlined a series of FAQs that address questions most frequently posed to our Education Practice Group attorneys about permitting employees, students, and others to return to the campus, the safety precautions recommended, and the legality of the various options that may be presented to school. These FAQs discuss back-to-school issues with a focus on school operations. Our Fisher Phillips website contains detailed, comprehensive Post-Pandemic Back to Business FAQs that cover many general business questions not addressed here.

NLRB Upholds Rule Prohibiting Cell Phones In Work Areas – But Does The Decision Help Your Organization?

The National Labor Relations Board just found that a beverage manufacturer’s rule prohibiting cell phones on the shop floor and work stations did not violate the National Labor Relations Act. The Board’s May 20 decision recognized that this rule would potentially infringe on employees’ ability to make calls or recordings about workplace issues. On balance, however, it held that any such infringement was outweighed by the company’s legitimate business justifications for the policy. The decision is potentially a big win for manufacturers, but only to the extent they can articulate sufficient safety- or business-related justifications for prohibiting personal cell phones in the workplace.

People Analytics Guide Return-to-Work Choices

Human resources leaders are turning to people analytics tools to help make difficult decisions as their staffs return to the workplace and face a damaged economy. Whether it’s figuring out how to keep workers safe, making decisions on furloughs and layoffs, or ensuring the right number of employees are in the right roles, these technologies collect, blend and analyze people data to guide HR leaders in their “what if” scenario planning.

Employers Consider Changes to PTO Policies as Unused Vacation Days Accumulate

Companies are facing a dilemma about how to address employees’ reluctance to take time off during the coronavirus pandemic. Limited vacation options are keeping some employees at their real or virtual workstations. Others fear they may get laid off and want the payout of unused vacation times that some companies offer. Employers have their own worries. Many want to conserve cash as the economy continues to sour and don’t want to have to compensate employees for unused time or let them carry over days until next year.

College Students Studying HR Learn from Pandemic

​College students studying human resource management can look beyond their curriculums for a case study in preparedness and resilience among the many organizations trying to get back to business during the coronavirus. Some of the key concepts emerging from the pandemic are the need to assess, adapt, innovate, listen, communicate, engage and put people first.

How to Be a ‘Favorite Boss’

The coronavirus pandemic is creating innumerable challenges for HR professionals. Many of you are rising to meet those challenges with innovation, compassion and leadership, notes columnist Paul Falcone. Your actions now define and strengthen the kind of boss you are–you could even be someone’s “favorite boss.”