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The Pros and Cons of Unlimited PTO

By Best Practices, Payroll, Policies and Procedures

Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO) may sound too good to be true, but it’s one of the latest tactics that employers are using to attract new employees. With unlimited PTO, employees may take off as much time as they wish – for vacation or anything else – as long as they can get their work done and company business isn’t disrupted. The policy can be great for recruiting. A new survey of 2,000 workers by…

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What’s the Latest Protocol for COVID-19?

By Best Practices, COVID-19, Policies and Procedures

It appears that COVID-19 is here to stay; in fact, variants continue to evolve, with BA.5 (part of the Omicron family) the latest that is causing waves of infection globally. Employers must remain vigilant regarding employee health and safety related to COVID-19 exposure and infection. It was recently reported that OHSA extended its COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (NEP), which focuses on how hospitals and skilled nursing care facilities treat or handle COVID-19 patients. Following an…

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Legal and Practical Concerns of Hiring Remote Employees

By Best Practices, Policies and Procedures, Remote Working

Remote work arrangements are fast becoming a ‘new normal’ embraced by both employers and employees. While employees enjoy increased flexibility and less time commuting, employers can save money on office space and widen their talent pools. However, employers should ensure that their workplace policies consider certain aspects of remote work. These include security, work classifications, hours, wages, safety, posting of required notices and more. We’ll begin by looking at some of the privacy and security…

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The Importance of Having a Progressive Disciplinary Procedure

By Policies and Procedures

When an employee repeatedly fails to follow company policy, do you have a progressive disciplinary procedure in place to address the situation? Explain basic work rules in your employee handbook Every business should articulate its basic work rules in an employee handbook. These policies govern the conduct and performance of employees such as absences, tardiness, substance abuse, insubordination and theft. The handbook should be clear about the consequences for violating basic work rules and state…

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Should Your Business Have a Vaccine Policy?

By Policies and Procedures

Between the news that Fortune 500 companies are requiring unvaccinated employees to contribute an extra $200 towards insurance premiums and the federal mandate that all workers and contractors be vaccinated, business owners are left wondering, do I need a vaccine policy? Here’s a few things we think you should consider before you proceed: Do you operate in an industry where vaccination is expected? From hospitality and healthcare to retail, most customer facing industries are finding…

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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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