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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Five Reasons Updated Job Descriptions Matter

A job description is a useful tool to describe a position’s tasks, duties, functions, and responsibilities. They form the foundation for many important processes such as job postings, recruitment, selection, wage and hour classifications, setting expectations, compensation, training, performance management, and appropriately responding to ADA accommodation or light duty requests.… 

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10 Holiday Considerations for Employers

The holiday season of Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is when several religious and secular holidays occur. While the accompanying festivities can fill many with joy, others can feel left out, and misunderstandings can occur – not to mention potential liability issues for employers. Avoid common holiday season pitfalls by… 

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What Should Employers Do If an Employee Cannot Wear a Mask at Work?

Although opinions regarding masks and face coverings vary widely, guidance from health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), states wearing masks or face coverings helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many state and local public health officials – including those in Washington, Oregon, and certain counties… 

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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…