The global pandemic has forced many organizations to reduce their staffs. That can cause workers who remain to feel guilty; they may also feel stressed or anxious as they are asked to take on more work in their colleagues’ absence.

So far in this series, we have discussed conferencing and contesting citations and orders and what is “Significant and Substantial.” Here, we turn our attention to another important designation on a citation or order: operator negligence.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues and some states slow their plans to reopen, many small businesses must rely on Paycheck Protection Program loans to keep workers on board. Lawmakers recently extended the application deadline and gave borrowers more flexibility when using the funds.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/hrnews/~3/b97jeH1awbw/update-on-key-changes-to-the-paycheck-protection-program.aspx

In this article, professor Stephanie Creary brings together more than a decade’s worth of insights on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, Black employees’ experiences and a framework she developed to propose how company leaders—particularly people managers—who are well-positioned to support Black employees might all leap to become better allies in DEI work.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/hrnews/~3/bzCypIbPRCw/viewpoint-how-to-be-a-better-ally-to-your-black-colleagues.aspx

As businesses try to return to a new normal, employers should be aware that a number of COVID-19 lawsuits related to pregnancy discrimination have already begun. What do employers need to know in order to avoid being on the receiving end of such a claim?

​For many HR professionals at small businesses, the past few months have been like trudging through a hurricane with a leaky umbrella. Out of that madness, many HR professionals have emerged as essential members of the executive team, working on the top questions of the day.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/hrnews/~3/4csQr5Vg9lo/hr-small-business-covid.aspx

​This is the latest in a series of compilations of answers to a #NextChat question of the day. COVID-19 not only poses physical health risks, but it also is a cause of stress for many people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Workers may be worried about losing their jobs, having their hours reduced or being furloughed. Some are putting in more hours to demonstrate their productivity. They may feel burdened as they juggle caregiving responsibilities w

A second round of FAQs recently issued by the Labor Department, the IRS, and the Department of Health and Human Services provides plan sponsors and insurers with additional implementation guidance relating to health coverage provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), as amended by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The June 23 guidance in FAQs Part 43 is a follow-up to the Departments’ April 11 guidance in FAQs Part 42 and provides specific clarifications on testing coverage and provider payments, summary of benefits coverage (SBC) notifications, temporary telehealth relief provisions, and various other compliance matters of significance to group health plans. FAQs Part 43 highlights include the following:

Because COVID-19 continues to spread at a rapid rate throughout the country, with Kentucky being no exception, Governor Andy Beshear announced that masks or face coverings would be required starting Friday, July 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. What do employers need to know about this new requirement?

Federal workers can revoke their union membership and stop paying dues any time after the first year under a Federal Labor Relations Authority final rule.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/hrnews/~3/_cXS7NYtIeM/final-rule-federal-workers-union-dues.aspx