Category: Private Duty

Trump’s training order raising concerns about employers’ diversity efforts

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order (EO) placing limits on the diversity training that federal employers and contractors can offer is raising concerns of a chilling effect on employers’ diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The order, released on September 22, was referenced during the September 29 presidential debate between Trump and former Vice President Joe […]

Employers Stressing Virtual Care, Mental Wellness Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

Large employers plan to expand virtual care offered to employees next year as well as double down on mental health and emotional well-being as they continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an annual survey by Business Group on Health (BGH). While the pandemic’s impact is fueling uncertainty about overall costs, respondents to the […]

Tax Holiday or Headache? Deferral Plan Presenting Challenges for Employers

President Donald Trump’s plan to defer payroll taxes for many employees through the end of the year is sparking questions and criticism from employers—questions about how to implement the plan and criticism that the “tax holiday” may hurt more than it helps. On August 8, Trump issued a memorandum providing for the deferral of payroll […]

Employee Burnout Is at the Top of the Stressor List

In 2020, the world has dramatically changed, from COVID-19, which greatly impacted our daily lives and the world of work, to protests that shine a light on injustice and oppression. Organizations are looking to understand how all of this impacts their employees—how are they doing, and how can I be of support? Since March 18, […]

California Employers Receive Guidelines for Responding to Virus Outbreaks

The Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening, issued by Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), offers guidance to help businesses reopen and provide a safe, clean environment for employees and customers. The following article highlights key provisions in the guidance for managing a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace. Managing an Outbreak […]

DOL Releases New FMLA Model Forms

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released new model forms that employers can use to coordinate employee leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Released on July 16, 2020, the revised medical certification and notices forms were immediately effective and available for employers to use. The DOL also published a Request […]

Senate Proposal Pushes COVID-19 Liability Protection for Employers

A new COVID-19 relief package being considered in the U.S. Senate calls for significant liability protection for employers as they resume business during the pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act on July 27. A key feature of interest to employers is the liability protection […]

Managing Communications in the New, Remote World of Work

Effective communication is essential to any team, which is especially true in the business world. Poor communication among team members or different layers of management can lead to a host of problems, including incorrect deliverables, lost productivity, decreased morale, and poor customer service. Communication challenges can arise in any business setting, even within teams that […]

OSHA Issues Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings, Surgical Masks, Respirators

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, employers have struggled to understand the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) position on cloth face coverings and surgical masks, specifically whether the agency requires or recommends their use and whether they constitute personal protective equipment (PPE). Although the issues may seem trivial, employers want to know what their compliance […]

New restrictions on work visas seen further limiting employer options

New restrictions on work visas going into effect on June 24 are aimed at easing the nation’s unemployment problem sparked by COVID-19, according to a proclamation from President Donald Trump, but critics of his actions on immigration fear it won’t help and will send the wrong signal. Trump issued a proclamation on June 22 limiting […]