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Preparing for Workplace Safety and Health Inspections During COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers face difficult decisions regarding business operations. Decreased product demand, staff shortages, and ever-changing regulations are just some of the challenges employers are facing. Do employers also need to be worried about a surprise state safety inspection? Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington Labor… 

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Archbright’s Manufacturing Retro Program: A Nice Piece of the Pie

In 1981 L&I started offering a voluntary Retrospective Rating program, also known as “retro.” Retro programs are safety incentive programs providing the opportunity for employers to earn refunds on L&I insurance premiums as a reward for creating safe work environments. Archbright began sponsoring its first retro program in 1985 and… 

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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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4 Ways to Strengthen Employee Relations During the Pandemic

In light of the current pandemic, the employer-employee relationship is more critical than ever. As companies transition to remote work at an unprecedented magnitude, this new arrangement can leave people at all levels of the organization confused, nervous, and frustrated. Without a strong employee relations plan or strategy, it is… 

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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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Compensation Practices During the Pandemic: Lessening the Impact

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, employers must rethink their compensation practices and strategies, and remain flexible with their pay programs where possible. As companies evaluate their current financial situation and prepare for the months to come, compensation is a significant part of that assessment. Employers can take some actions now to… 

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Face Coverings, Masks, and Respirators: What You Need to Know

At the beginning of April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began recommending the use of face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures can be difficult to maintain to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Employers may be wondering what this means for the workplace –… 

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Recruiting Team of One: Eleven Tips for Recruiting a Variety of Positions

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Are you the company’s HR generalist who also helps with recruiting? Or maybe you are the office manager who wears HR, operations, and many other hats? Or, you could be an official recruiter navigating alone. Whether it has always been this way, or it is a more recent development, you… 

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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…