New federal guidance addresses pandemic-related extended deadlines for electing COBRA health care continuation coverage and for filing health plan claims and appeals, for instance, but some warn the new relief will be administratively burdensome for employers and plan administrators.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/hrnews/~3/Ktqysq5nryQ/agencies-revise-and-complicate-cobra-deadline-extensions.aspx

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a landmark bill that aims to amend several federal laws to prohibit discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act, passed on February 25 by a vote of 224-206, previously passed the House in 2018 only to stall in the Senate. If passed by the Senate this time around, the law would go further than simply codifying the recent Supreme Court decision holding that “sex” includes a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity for purposes of Title VII. It would also add protections against discrimination and segregation on the bases of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity for purposes of accommodations and education. What do businesses need to know about this development?

Space-planning software allows facilities managers to efficiently draw out where employees from different departments will sit to keep them safe and healthy. Other organizations are deploying tools like wearable devices to protect against COVID-19 infections.
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In the early morning hours of Saturday, February 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion latest COVID-19 stimulus bill, containing a slew of employment-related initiatives that could have long-term impacts on American workplaces. Next up for the legislation known as the American Rescue Plan: the U.S. Senate, which is aiming to pass some version of the measure before March 14 – the date that a portion of the unemployment benefits from the last pandemic relief bill expire. What do employers need to know about this legislative proposal, which is inching ever-closer to passage?

U.K. employers need to ensure training is regularly refreshed so it remains effective.

Employers can offer employees participating in health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care FSAs greater flexibility for rolling over unused funds through 2022, under new IRS guidance.
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Women’s TechConnect ​is a formal mentoring program helps groom high-potential female engineers for leadership roles throughout the cable industry. SHRM Online spoke to two women about their experience in the yearlong program.
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Can an employer restrict what an employee says on their own social media accounts about the company? How can workers keep chatty colleagues from impeding their workday?…
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/hrnews/~3/q1yKi7kgVeA/ask-hr-how-do-i-handle-an-inappropriate-social-media-post.aspx

Employee achievement rewards recognize employees for their successes—and by doing so, help to increase employee motivation and reinforce behaviors aligned with company goals and values. Some rewards programs, however, fail to deliver these outcomes. Here’s why.

As more and more employers take steps to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace, there’s an increasing demand to know if those measures are successful. In this podcast, Alyesha Dotson, Littler Shareholder, discusses ways in which employers can track progress in their DE&I efforts without tripping over legal hazards, and gauge individual and organizational change.
  

https://www.littler.com/publication-press/publication/success-numbers-benefits-and-pitfalls-measuring-diversity-equity