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Time to Brush Up on Your Emergency Communications Plan

By Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety

One of the lessons businesses learned with the shut down in March of 2020 was the importance of having a business continuity plan. With the recent resurgence, many business and public leaders are anticipating a return to some kind of limited operations. Between the looming unknown of COVID infections and the promise of a busy hurricane season, now is the perfect time to revisit among other things your emergency communications plans. The plans you have…

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There’s An App for That: Vaccine Trackers for Employers

By Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety

Without a national vaccine mandate and new guidance on when to wear a mask, employers can feel left in the dark when it comes to managing a workforce migrating back to the office. We’ve recently provided insight on employer mandated vaccination, and your right to require vaccinations and/or proof of vaccination, but the documentation and privacy aspects can be overwhelming. As more states look to establishing health passports to support daily business and international travel,…

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COVID-19 Protocols Still Crucial in the Workplace

By Best Practices, Policies and Procedures

As social activities and travel pick back up this summer, businesses and employees are becoming increasingly lax regarding established COVID-19 protocols. But with only 67% of the population receiving at least one dose of vaccine, are we taking two steps forward and three steps backward? An increase in COVID rates could be on the horizon. While we all can enjoy getting back to “normal,” we would be remiss to forget the valuable lessons learned last…

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The Emergency Use Authorization Doesn’t Skirt Employer Mandates for Vaccination

By Policies and Procedures

We’ve already shared guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding employer’s ability to require vaccine immunization of their workers without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII or other federal anti-discrimination laws. Now that workers are returning to the workplace and hiring is picking up, employers are finding themselves faced with employees and candidates trying to use the Emergency Use Authorization as an opt-out for such mandates. Some misinterpretation comes into…

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Can Employers Require that New Hires Be Vaccinated?

By Hiring, Policies and Procedures

In December we addressed the very popular topic of whether employers should require current employees be vaccinated before returning to office. Now, as more businesses are opening up and there are signs of improvement in the economy, some employers may be considering hiring new staff for their existing businesses while others are seeking talent for newly opened businesses. The standard for treatment of existing employees versus consideration of new applicants is dissimilar and warrants further…

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Define Your Work From Home (WFH) Program to Improve Productivity

By Corporate culture, Policies and Procedures

Whether your business is like Facebook – and considering instituting a permanent work from home program for all staff – or you’re faced with on-going requests for temporary work from home assignments to accommodate real life issues employees have balancing work, health and families, instituting a formal Work From Home Program will help assure accountability and impartiality when implementing your program. A strong Work From Home Program should include policies for employee participation but will…

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Protect Your Business from HR Pitfalls with Our Checklist for 2021

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Hiring, Policies and Procedures, Record-keeping, Recordkeeping

A smart way to start the fiscal year is to incorporate a self-evaluation of your organization’s compliance with state and federal labor laws. This simple checklist should serve as a great starting point. A few basic areas of exploration should include: For Current Employees: Do you have an employee handbook? If so, does your handbook address the following policies: At-will employment policy, nondiscrimination policy, sexual harassment policy and confidential information policy? If your business has…

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Thinking of Starting a New Business? MarathonHR Can Help in More Ways than One

By Benefits & Insurance, Payroll, Policies and Procedures, Productivity

As entrepreneurialism is trending, it’s an exciting time for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs). Due to the present economic climate, many professionals are leaving large companies to start their own. Whether it’s a new client opening their first business or an existing client opening their second or third, we’re seeing a resurgence of startups in just the last few months. But with the thrill of opening one’s own doors also comes a whole host…

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Your End of Year HR To-Do List

By Best Practices, Policies and Procedures

The end of any year is always challenging, between juggling employees’ holiday vacation schedules, preparing year-end paperwork, and making adjustments for the upcoming year. However, an end of year assessment is a valuable way to review your company’s accomplishments for the year, celebrate successes, and share business updates and progress with your employees and stakeholders. You also can take stock of how well you met your goals and capabilities, which allows you to set objectives…

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Fitness for Duty in Pregnant Workers: A Test of Company Policies

By ADA, Best Practices, Policies and Procedures, Pregnancy Leave, Worker Disability

Prudent business leaders recognize the importance of requiring “fitness for duty” certifications as part of the hiring process, especially where a worker may need to perform lifting, bending, stair climbing and other physical duties. Many organizations also request fitness for duty certifications for a change in work status, and this is legal provided that the requirement is consistent across all workers. When workers (as well as job candidates) are pregnant, however, HR professionals face special challenges….

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