The United States’ unemployment rate in February 2020 was 3.8%, and in April 2020 it shot up to 14.7% due to the pandemic. Thankfully, it has slowly been decreasing during the past few months, however some economists worry a weak economy, or spike in pandemic cases, could spur more layoffs.
As reported a couple of weeks ago in EPTW, the fines and penalties for breach of employer safety obligations surrounding COVID contagion continues to ramp up. Late last week fines by MIOSHA against 19 more employers were announced. These fines amounted to over $50,000 for infractions including:
Given all the events in the past few months, diversity has been a focus for many organizations. More specifically, there have been a number of pledges to have greater diversity. Jaime Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, took a knee with employees to protest racial injustice in law enforcement. There have also been a number of marketing changes by organizations to promote the diversity theme.
According to a FlexJobs survey of approximately 4,000 people who have been working remotely during the pandemic, 51% report they have been much more productive working from home than they were in the traditional office. 44% said their productivity was about the same, and only 5% say they have been less productive in their home office.
Remote I-9 completion continued to November 19: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is again extending the flexibilities in rules concerning Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) compliance that were granted earlier this year. Because of the continued COVID-19 precautions, the Department of Homeland Security is extending the policy for another 60 days with the accommodations now set to expire November 19, 2020.
Last week a New York district court judge found the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rules limiting when businesses that use other businesses’ workers (vertical) may also be sued by the workers if a wage and hour (FLSA) violation is alleged.
When employees, especially sales people, have access to various electronic devices, databases, and documents from an organization, at what point does a company have a right under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to bring a case against an exiting employee for computer fraud?
The Center for American Progress (CAP) and Business for America have released a new brief that outlines 17 ways in which the business community can help boost voter turnout and ensure that Americans can vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Four generations at work, numerous mediums to use, and new technology to master – does your organization have a need for a class on communication etiquette?
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision determining that an auto parts supplier in Caro, MI, had not committed age discrimination under Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Right Act. Walbro LLC fired the plaintiff, a department manager and 41-year veteran, allegedly based upon his age. He was 60 years old at the time. Lowe v. Walbro LLC (Case 19-2386)
The CDC has posted information on limiting workplace violence related to retail and service businesses’ COVID-19 prevention policies. Based on a 1996 Current Intelligence Bulletin, threats and assaults can happen in any workplace, but may be more likely to occur in retail, services (e.g., restaurants), and other customer- or client-based businesses.
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