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    Can an Employer Fire Workers Who Are Scared to Return to the Office?

    More employers are requiring employees to return to the office. If employees refuse, can they be disciplined or terminated? “If the employee is just generally scared of the virus, as many of us are, even as understandable as that fear may be, the employee is unlikely to have a legally defensible excuse for refusing to […] More

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    President Biden Restarts Green Card Processing from Abroad

    ​President Joe Biden ended the ban that the Trump administration put into place last spring on green card processing from abroad. The ban was set to expire on March 31. Biden challenged Trump’s claims that the ban was needed to protect U.S. jobs during the pandemic. Trump’s presidential proclamation, issued in April 2020 as COVID-19 […] More

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    House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill

    ​The U.S. House of Representatives passed another round of COVID-19-related legislation that would provide additional relief to workers and employers through expanded federal unemployment benefits and additional small-business aid. The House approved the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in a 219-212 vote early Feb. 27. The U.S. Senate will now consider the measure. “If we act now […] More

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    Pharmacies Are Staffed Up for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

    ​Retail pharmacies will play a vital role in administering COVID-19 vaccines this year, and CVS Health—the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., with nearly 10,000 locations—has already done the hiring necessary to put shots in arms. The company’s army of vaccinators, including nearly 30,000 pharmacists and 60,000 pharmacy technicians, are prepared to meet the goal […] More

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    UK: Stale Training Won’t Protect Employer from Liability for Harassment

    United Kingdom employers need to ensure training is regularly refreshed so it remains effective. Diversity, equity and inclusion training is something that many employers invest in, primarily in terms of ensuring a positive work environment free of discrimination. Often it will form part of orientation training for new hires or perhaps management training on promotion. […] More

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    Mentoring Prepares Women for Leadership Roles in Cable Industry

    ​A formal mentoring program helps groom high-potential female engineers for leadership roles throughout the cable industry. Created in 2011 by Women In Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and Women in Technology honorees, the Women’s TechConnect program consists of monthly mentor-mentee meetings and graduation in October at the SCTE-International Society of Broadband […] More

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    Labor Department Tip-Pooling Rule Delayed Until April

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has officially delayed a rule that would make it easier for restaurants and other hospitality businesses to allow “back-of-the-house” workers—such as cooks and dishwashers—and other nontipped workers to share in gratuities under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL’s action is consistent with a presidential directive asking all federal […] More

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    California Disability Law May Cover Condition Outside Scope of Federal Law

    A trial court should not have dismissed a claim filed by a teacher against a school district alleging that the district failed to accommodate her “electromagnetic hypersensitivity,” in violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), a California appellate court ruled. Several courts have ruled that electromagnetic hypersensitivity is not a recognized disability under […] More

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    IRS Clarifies Relief for FSA Carry-Overs

    Employers can now offer employees participating in health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care FSAs greater flexibility for rolling over unused funds through 2022, under new IRS guidance. IRS Notice 2021-15, issued Feb. 18, addresses how to apply the FSA relief provisions in the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act, which was incorporated into the […] More

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    CIPD: Apprenticeship levy has failed

    Shutterstock England’s apprenticeship levy has failed on every measure, the CIPD has said in a strongly worded statement stemming from an analysis of the policy’s performance. Without significant reform, said the HR body, it will undermine investment in skills and economic recovery. The institute stated that “reforming the levy to a broader, more flexible training […] More

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    Enterprise Nation: Emma Jones talks to Oven-Ready HR

    Emma Jones CBE. Photo: Enterprise Nation As the captain of Enterprise Nation – a vibrant community of small businesses and business advisers – Emma Jones CBE talks to the Oven-Ready HR podcast about her personal voyage exploring strange new startups and seeking out new life in the UK economy. Emma Jones is the epitome of […] More

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    Performance: Why ‘rank and yank’ fell out of favour

    Plotting employees along a performance curve can have a negative impact on engagement. All images: Shutterstock One of the more surprising details of consulting firm KPMG’s recent woes was that it had been using a ‘set distribution’ or ranking approach to assessing employees’ performance. Like annual appraisals, this is a performance management strategy that has […] More

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