As organizations learn more about the employee experience during the coronavirus pandemic, data has emerged suggesting that employers will have to adopt new approaches and invest in technology that helps them listen, learn and improve the worker experience. HR managers will also have to lead as they build mature employee experience programs.

Uber Freight has implemented live chats, just-in-time learning, video instructions and simulated learning tools during the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved a final rule to update its conciliation program and encourage employers to voluntarily resolve employment discrimination charges.

The tracking and reporting of COVID-19 analytics related to workforce infections, absences, quarantines and more remains a high priority as cases continue to rise, despite the vaccine rollout.
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A bill, the “Online Accessibility Act” (H.R. 8478) calling for official Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) web accessibility guidelines, failed to pass during the 116th Congress, which ended Jan. 3.
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​Key changes to employment law resulting from the recent U.K.-EU Trade Deal and the U.K.’s exit from the EU will affect HR professionals, general counsel and others. Here are some frequently asked questions about the deal.Is there anything in the U.K.-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement about employment law?Yes, there is. While there is nothing that directly alters the rights of U.K. workers or obligations of U.K. employers (such as discrimination law, holiday pay, health and safety, and whistle-

Overshadowed by the dramatic events in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday was the news that the electronic filing and case management system used in federal courts across the country may have been compromised by a serious security breach – serious enough that users have been advised to avoid submitting “highly sensitive” documents through the digital service. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO) announced on January 6 that it is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to perform a security audit to identify a potential compromise to its Case Management/Electronic Case Files system (CM/ECF). What do employers need to know about this possible breach – and what lessons can you learn to avoid similar harm in your organization?

With the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, businesses are expected to start settling into a new normal–one that is strongly shaped by the pandemic. HR professionals say that, in addition to looking forward to seeing colleagues and operating in person again, they are optimistic carrying new methods they embraced last year that into 2021.
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The new year brings new laws that affect California employers as well as the HR professionals who play a critical role in ensuring compliance. From COVID-19-related regulations to routine increases in the minimum wage, there’s plenty to keep HR teams busy.
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Given the significant impact that the pandemic has had on workplaces, and with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, many employers are considering whether to impose mandatory vaccination policies. Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  clarified in its updated guidance that employers may be able to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine among their employees in certain circumstances without running afoul of key federal anti-discrimination laws. This does not necessarily mean that you can force all your workers to get COVID-19 shots, as there are numerous issues you will face if you choose to mandate vaccinations. One such issue is an employee’s refusal to get the vaccine based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.