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Georgia DOL Suspends Federal Stipends, Returns to Pre-pandemic Filing Protocols

By News

Effective June 27, 2021, the Georgia Department of Labor announced they were returning to pre-pandemic, state unemployment operations. What does this mean for employees and employers? In accordance with Governor Brian Kemp and Commissioner Mark Butler’s plan for reemployment and economic recovery, Georgia will cease participation in the federal unemployment programs enacted through the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act effective June 27, 2021. The programs included in these Acts include the Federal…

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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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Budgetary Considerations When Attracting New Employees

By Hiring

  When your local big box store advertises wages beginning at $15/hour and the neighborhood Chick-Fil-A offers $14/hour for full time staff, soon businesses ranging from manufacturing to home healthcare find themselves competing for the same personnel. Even businesses with average compensation levels greater than these retail and hospitality examples are facing questions of how much is enough. Before you consider raising salaries, it’s important to take a hard look at your business and determine…

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Proper Use of the Pre-Employment Medical Questionnaire

By Hiring

After countless hours spent recruiting you’ve finally found the perfect candidate and extend a letter offering employment. Don’t stop now. The hard work on securing your next best employee is still underway. You’re now entering the “new hire” phase, during which you can seek additional information about the fit of your candidate that you were not permitted to ask prior to an offer of employment. Many employers take advantage of the opportunity to ask a…

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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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Key Questions to Ask When Checking References

By Hiring

Reference checks or employment verification can provide valuable insight when considering a candidate. The key is knowing what to ask, and how to spot red flags. Start by creating a list of standardized questions so you can evaluate each candidate equally. Some organizations limit what they will share when verifying employment, we recommend focusing on the topics below: The start and end dates of employment. The last job title held by the employee. The ending…

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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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Combat Burnout and Retain Valuable Workers with Sustainable Relief Options

By Employee Retention, Employment News

More than a year after the start of the pandemic, the nation is overjoyed to see a return to normalcy and social interactions. However, employers are finding more and more employees suffering from burnout than ever and the costs may be high. Front-line and essential workers were hit hard over the last year, working increased hours in stressful situations while the rest of the world seemed to watch from the safety of home. Now that…

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Businesses Hopeful as More States End Extended Unemployment Benefits

By Employment News, Hiring

Georgia businesses breathed a sigh of relief as the state joined others in ending extended federal pandemic unemployment benefits on June 27, 2021. At least 26 states are either planning to end or have already ended the weekly $300 federal unemployment benefit before its September expiration date. As of June 24, almost 93,000 Georgians received extended benefits through the PEUC program. It is too early to say whether reducing unemployment benefits has improved current staffing…

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Keep Your Best Employees Content with Professional Development

By Employee Engagement, Employee Retention

In order to keep their business competitive, today’s employers need to invest in professional development of the employees they have, if they want to keep them, else they may find themselves competing for new talent in a pool where skill shortages drive costs and limit replacement options. It’s widely known that employees with ready access to professional development opportunities with their current employer boast greater productivity rates and lower turnover. Development programs not only allow…

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