A Remote Workforce | 5 HR Considerations

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At the outset of the Covid-19 crisis, U.S. companies — startups to large corporations across all industries — faced the challenge of remote work.As the COVID-19 crisis continues, employers should recognize that a remote workforce may be a strategic advantage. Employees who can adapt well to work at home are an asset in stressful times. Now companie...
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ADA | COVID-19 Employee Accommodation Requests

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ADA​The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act (which include the requirement for reasonable accommodation and non-discrimination based on disability, and rules about employer medical examinations and inquiries), continue to apply during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they do not interfere with or prevent employers from follow...
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Restaurant Reopening Considerations During COVID-19

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As restaurants reopen under current CDC, OSHA, state and local guidelines HR considerations are a critical part of the plan. Following are key HR considerations for your beyond "take-out" reopening.Restaurant Staffing​As restaurants initially operate at reduced dining capacity, furloughed and laid off employees may not be hired back all at once. Th...
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May 2020 CDC and OSHA Reopening Guidance

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have issued new COVID-19 guidance to employers as of May 2020.The guidance applies to workplaces and employers generally and to specific industries, such as bars and restaurants, manufacturing, child care, schools, and mass transit.CDC ...
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Excelerator®Audio Podcast Insights COVID-19 Pandemic

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Tom Pecoraro, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Excelerator®, spoke with Joe Flood, Founder of N2 Communications, in a recent podcast available HERE. They discussed how COVID-19 is changing the workplace now and in the future.Key points from the audio podcast:Remote Business Operations​Daily Video and Audio Employee Meetings: Remote meetings can ...
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Coronavirus | HR Risk Management | Pandemic Prudence over Panic

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The coronavirus -- named COVID-19 -- outbreak situation changes by the hour. Employers should carefully review their strategies, policies and procedures to ensure their business and employees are prepared to respond.COVID-19 spreads largely through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing, and it seems to spread easily. It may also be possib...
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Biometrics and HR | What Employers Need to Know

Biometrics and HR | What Employers Need to Know
Employers are utilizing biometrics to identify employees and track hours worked. However, unlike other methods of authentication such as passwords, biometric identifiers may not easily be changed once compromised. Employers that use biometrics need to be aware of regulations such as the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Similar sta...
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Hiring Stats Every Business Owner Should Know About

Hiring Stats Every Business Owner Should Know About
​Hiring new employees can have a significant impact to your business. You're probably already aware there are costs associated with hiring employees.These may include recruiting expenses, time and resources, and of course, the salaries of new employees as well as the current employees whose time is used to train new employees. However, as an owner ...
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Obama’s Administration New Family Friendly Workplace Proposals

Obama’s Administration New Family Friendly Workplace Proposals
​Recent headlines and the press coverage around the president seem to be dominated by foreign affairs issues.However, much of the president's focus this year has been about his administration's agenda for the workplace. You may have heard about the proposal to increase the starting wage, but there are several more proposals in the president's workp...
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2015 HR Budget Considerations

2015 HR Budget Considerations
​It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is already here and the holiday season is about to begin. There's just 6 weeks left in 2014. I'm sure you have a long list of things to do before the end of the year. Preparing your budgets for 2015 may be among them. Here are potential HR items to take into account for the budget.Starting Wage IncreasesThere are ...
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Ban the Box

Ban the Box
"Ban the Box" refers to a growing movement and set of laws intended to remove barriers for individuals with criminal conviction records from getting hired for jobs. Specifically, "the Box" is the typical question asked on applications: "Have you been convicted of a crime?" This movement seeks to eliminate this question on job applications and preve...
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“On-Call” Shift Scheduling Practices – Issues for Companies Operating on the West and East Coast (and in between)

“On-Call” Shift Scheduling Practices – Issues for Companies Operating on the West and East Coast (and in between)
​It is common for employers to use on-call shifts and other flexible scheduling practices based on the variable needs of the business. In many cases, this creates the potential for employees to pick up additional shifts over their regular schedule. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult for employers to use these practices due to new legisl...
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Don't Get Caught Off Guard

Don't Get Caught Off Guard
​Alarmingly, the news these days is focused more and more on the threat posed by various terrorist groups intent on attacking us while we are going about our daily lives – at restaurants, sporting events, theatres, concerts and even while shopping. For venues open to the general public, deciding whether to manage this risk by using armed guards des...
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Q1: Think about Contract Management While the Year is Young

Q1: Think about Contract Management While the Year is Young
​If your business has not already done so, now is the time to consider establishing a comprehensive contract management policy to manage all of your business contracts. According to the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM), poor contract management costs companies 9% -- Bottom Line. A contract management policy...
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Employers Plan for More Overtime Eligible Employees

Employers Plan for More Overtime Eligible Employees
​You may have heard that the federal Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule on July 6, 2015 that will change one of the tests for determining which employees are exempt from overtime requirements and greatly expand the number of employees who must be paid overtime for any hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The major change is the proposa...
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The Gig Economy - Implications for Businesses

The Gig Economy - Implications for Businesses
​The Gig Economy - Implications for BusinessesReferences to the "Gig Economy" are becoming increasingly frequent these days. And for good reason. According to the Freelancers Union, 53 million Americans now identify themselves as freelancers, 34% of the workforce[1]. According to a study by Intuit, the freelance workforce will grow even further to ...
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Trump Presidency? What HR Changes Are In-Store

Trump Presidency? What HR Changes Are In-Store
​With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, businesses can expect a number of changes that may impact human resources. We looked at Donald Trump's campaign promises and proposals to see which ones will have the most direct and immediate effect on the workplace, if adopted.While we recognize that campaign promises are just that, here are s...
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New & Developing HR Trends

New & Developing HR Trends
Going LocalWhile the Trump administration is certain to be making changes going forward that will impact HR and employment practices; today's most significant HR trends are coming increasingly from the state and local level. Employers are already facing a proliferation of new and expanded employment regulations and requirements across the country. ...
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An Employers' Guide to the 2017 Company Holiday Party

An Employers' Guide to the 2017 Company Holiday Party
​It's Fun, Fun, Fun - Until It's Not!We usually begin the joyful season of December by anticipating fun holiday parties and other seasonal festivities. This year, however, at company holiday parties around the country, it is likely that the sexual assault and/or harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer...
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New Year | New Employment Laws

New Year | New Employment Laws
​With the new year comes new employment laws. While the Trump administration hasn't demonstrated an eagerness to add to current employment laws and regulations, several states and cities have done so. Over 22 states have new employment laws going into effect in 2018. It can be difficult for employers to keep up with them all, but here are some...
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