​Once upon a time, societies "were grounded in the notion of a common good and collective responsibility," but today the U.S. is in the midst of an "empathy deficit, a gap of goodwill," said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).Taylor shared his thoughts during virtual State of the Society remarks at SHRM’s annual Volunteer Leaders’ Business Meeting on Nov. 20. More than 2,000 SHRM volunteer

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced in a press conference that he is officially introducing an initiative to Congress to reform subcontracting.

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board just adopted an emergency standard related to COVID-19 prevention in the workplace, imposing some significant requirements on California employers. Most notably, the new rule finalized yesterday provides that employees excluded from work for having or being exposed to COVID-19 must continue to be paid while they are off work. Employers do not have a lot of time to comply with the new mandates. Following adoption of the emergency proposal, the Standards Board will submit the language to the Office of Administrative Law, which will have 10 days to review and approve the proposal.  Therefore, this complex new standard may be in effect by as soon as November 29. The emergency regulation will be in effect for 180 days, and can be extended. It is anticipated that Cal/OSHA will move forward with regular and permanent rulemaking on this topic during this period of time. This new standard will require California employers to take immediate action on many COVID-19 fronts. So what do California employers need to know? Here are the top nine takeaways for California employers – including specific recommendations about what you need to do in response to each new obligation.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said cloth face coverings still aren’t considered personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers who are at risk of exposure to the coronavirus, though new evidence shows that such equipment might protect the person wearing it.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently adopted a temporary rule requiring employers to implement safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The rule, which took effect November 16 and remains in effect through May 4, 2021 – requires you to complete an Exposure Risk Assessment and Infection Control Plan by December 7 and provide employee training by December 21. These dates are rapidly approaching, so your compliance efforts need to begin immediately. What do Oregon employers need to know about this significant development?

In an attempt to curb the rapid community spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear just issued new restrictions, effective November 20, that will impact employers across the state. While the governor specified that the new restrictions were not a “shutdown,” certain businesses will certainly feel the squeeze more than others as the new executive order further limits certain specific industries. What do Kentucky employers need to know about this latest development?

After such a challenging year, celebrating special occasions in workers’ lives can provide a much-needed morale boost. Before making plans, however, it’s a good idea to ask employees what they want and decide on an overall approach. Determining that workers want to engage in such events will help ensure that celebrations are planned in a consistent manner that is fair and sensitive to all. This also can promote greater employee participation.If employees support the idea of having cele

As the pandemic rages through Kentucky and the holidays right around the corner, Governor Beshear just issued an executive order mandating significant restrictions on businesses to slow down the escalating spread of COVID-19 – with restaurants and bars being one of the hardest-hit industries. However, the order contains a financial path forward for businesses impacted by the new round of closures. What do Kentucky hospitality employers need to know about these new developments?

​By mid-December each year, many workplaces start to empty out as employees take paid time off (PTO) to visit family and prepare for year-end festivities and travel. This year, workplaces are expected to be even more desolate thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.While most businesses will close for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and perhaps a few more days in between, some employers plan to expand their time-off policies this year due to the pandemic. They say they recognize how hard employees hav

​It’s been a trying year for so many people—both in their personal and professional lives. Comfort, caring and creativity are emerging as the gift-giving theme of 2020. Here’s a look at holiday gifts employers are considering for their workers this year.