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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 easy for managers and leaders to let relationships decline in a remote work environment. Now is the time to ensure… 

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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 an obligation to consider “reasonable accommodation” through what is known as an “interactive discussion” with the employee. These obligations 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 mitigate the negative impacts on employees and better position themselves for financial recovery. While businesses in the travel, hospitality, and… 

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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 – are they required to provide face coverings, what type of coverage should be worn, and what personal protective equipment (PPE)… 

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

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 are a recruiting team of one. The average time-to-hire rate is 23.8 days, and even longer in some sectors, according… 

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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 legal yet humane way while still achieving the intended cost savings associated with a leaner workforce.   Should your company… 

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Improving the Workers’ Comp Experience

I recently read an article published by The Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation that addressed how business leaders in the healthcare industry typically invest significant time and resources to create positive corporate cultures, engage employees, and earn their trust and commitment to success. They went on to say that in the workers’ compensation segment of the industry, all too often, the focus seems to be on conflict instead of… 

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Balancing Your Workforce Strategy With Versatile Employees

Hybrid cars are not the only newest fad – so are hybrid jobs, especially in small to mid-sized businesses. A hybrid job is when an employee is expected to spend a portion of their day or week performing duties that aren’t traditionally included in their primary job. For example, an employee might spend 50% of their time working in a manufacturing shop assembling equipment, and when the work on the… 

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Onsite HR Consulting to Balance Your Workload 

Today’s workplace is unpredictable, and no one feels the impact of this more than human resources. According to a recent survey*, 45% of HR executives do not feel their department is staffed appropriately to handle its workload.  Whether your need is sudden and temporary, or so urgent that you can’t hire in time, Archbright can help. Our consultants provide quality, seasoned HR support on an ongoing or project basis. We… 

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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 the protocols set in place. 49% of the employees in the survey admitted that they use their personal email accounts…