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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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DEI and COVID-19 Additions to the Regional Benefits Survey

This year, Archbright once again partnered with Cascade Employers based in Salem, Oregon, to produce an annual Regional Benefits Survey. This robust survey is a refreshing new look at the Pacific Northwest’s prevailing benefit and policy practices, designed to assist employers as they evaluate and define employee benefits offerings. We… 

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Civil Unrest Preparedness for Employers

Earlier this year, communities experienced civil unrest in response to social justice issues, and some employers in those communities found it necessary to address subsequent workplace disruption. U.S. employers now face a unique workplace challenge of an upcoming presidential election, and the potential for civil unrest and employment disputes over… 

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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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Political Speech and Activity in the Workplace

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With the presidential election fast approaching, employers are wise to brace for how political speech can encroach on the workplace. Whether employees use free speech arguments to disrupt work or customers take exception to an employee’s politically charged social media posts, an employer’s response must be informed by an understanding… 

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Keeping Your Costs Down in a Retro Environment Thru Claims Management

Most people know that in Washington, a Retro program is a safety incentive program that allows employers to earn refunds on their Labor & Industries (L&I) workers’ compensation insurance premiums. The goal for most employers is the refund, but how can you get a refund and keep your costs from… 

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Not All Virtual Learning is Created Equal – Strategies for Selecting Engaging E-Learning

This article was originally published on LinkedIn. With fall right around the corner and so many students heading back to school, there has been a lot of speculation about the effectiveness of remote learning. Although remote learning is a brand-new concept for many children in the United States, online education…