New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand and Connecticut Representative Rose DeLauro recently introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act in Congress, a proposed law that would mandate partially paid leave for all employers. What do employers need to know about this potential new federal law introduced on February 4?

Employers wanting to require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccination should be prepared to respond to workers’ concerns and make reasonable accommodations under federal…
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Vaccination is an important tool in controlling the pandemic, say public health leaders, who are asking employers to encourage and make it easy for workers to get…

Over the past year, employers have made significant changes to their hiring practices to ensure the safety of potential and current employees. Remote hiring for professional workers has become the norm and is a practice that is likely to continue, even after concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic have subsided. In fact, many employers are realizing the potential benefit of having access to talent around the country—or around the globe.
However, there are certain risks that employers need to consider when recruiting and hiring talent beyond their traditional market areas.
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Microsoft’s new Viva employee experience platform—an app in Microsoft Teams that functions as a one-stop-shop employee portal—has arrived. HR technology vendors now need to determine how they’ll co-exist with or compete against a major new player in the market.

With so many employees having worked outside their home state or country during the pandemic, sometimes without notifying their HR departments, employers may have failed…

The office manager for a district attorney (DA) did not have a First Amendment claim for her firing after she refused to attend the funeral of the DA’s mentor, the 7th…

Data show that the shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has been largely successful in maintaining productivity, but most employers still believe that returning to the office is the best path forward for maintaining a strong organizational culture. But is that true?

The majority of employers are open to negotiating salary for some or all positions once a job offer has been made, but that openness does not extend to bonuses and benefits, according to a new survey.
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At the beginning of its 2021 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly vowed to fast track a bill to provide civil tort immunity to businesses for damages arising on their premises from COVID-19. On February 15, less than two months into its session, lawmakers made good on their word with Senate Bill 1, which was signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb last week. Senate Bill 1 shields certain Indiana businesses and individuals that permit the public to enter their premises from personal injury liability for damages arising from COVID-19. The new law also protects individuals and businesses from liability for COVID-19 damages that occur during activities they manage, organize, or sponsor. The good news for businesses is that the scope of the bill is quite sweeping and applies retroactively to all activity since March 1, 2020 – the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bad news is that the new law is vague with respect to protections in employment settings. What do Indiana employers need to know?