Joy Sturgis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Joy has more than 15 years of managerial and director-level human resources experience in both manufacturing and service organizations. As an Archbright Content Manager, her responsibilities include creating and reviewing HR and legal content for all aspects of federal and Washington, Oregon and Idaho state employment law. She also supports our members with a variety of HR functions including HR advice and counsel, handbook and policy review, and employee development training. During her HR career, she has been responsible for leading HR strategies and functions for Washington companies as well as multi-state Business Units. Joy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and a MBA from University of Phoenix.

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The ADA Turns 30!

July 26, 2020, marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). When first enacted, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was considered the most important employment legislation since the Civil Rights Act of 1964.The ADA prohibits discrimination in all areas of public life, including employment, education, transportation,… 

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Legal Updates Employers May Have Missed This Spring

As employers have been dealing with the impact of COVID-19 and the new laws associated with the virus, other new laws or changes to existing legislation have transpired. The following is an overview of recent laws affecting employers in the Pacific Northwest. Washington Protected Class Updates: Effective June 11, 2020,… 

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States Continue to Release Reopening Guidelines for Employers

Over the past several days, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho have announced a gradual lifting of ”stay home” orders and reopening of non-essential businesses. In order to ensure the safety of employees and compliance with new requirements, employers must be mindful of federal and state guidelines before and during the reopening… 

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How to Respond to Employees Who Are Afraid to Return to Work

As employers prepare to return employees to work and resume operations, employees may not be ready to return to physical workplaces. Workers could be unwilling to return to work because they are sick; are high-risk individuals; are caregivers for sick family members; are caregivers for children if schools or daycare… 

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Accommodating High-Risk Employees During a Pandemic

Employers are required to reasonably accommodate employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws. The ADA prohibits discrimination by an employer against any “qualified individual with a known disability” regarding job applications, hiring, advancement, termination, compensation, training, or other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.Employers have… 

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Ten Steps for Employers Facing Layoffs, Furloughs, and Workplace Closures

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken a toll on the workforce, with many employers forced to consider furloughs, layoffs, and workplace closures. Few business decisions involve as many legal, emotional, and practical considerations as the decision to lay off employees. The challenge for management is to reduce the workforce in a… 

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HR’s Role in Data Security

Why does HR need to care about cybersecurity? Cybersecurity and data security practices are now a workplace culture issue. Why is that? Because most cybersecurity threats come from employee actions. In the Dell End-User Security Survey, the results showed that many employees are likely to share confidential information without following…