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Harassment prevention and policies 101

In many cases, employees are unwilling to report harassment following inappropriate behavior from a coworker or supervisor, fearing retaliation or the intimidation ofreporting a claim to upper management. It is the responsibility of Human Resources to ensure proper training, education and policies...

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Telehealth vs in-person doctor visits; is there a disconnect in quality?

Since the COVID-19 public health crisis, telehealth visits have been on the rise. Telehealth refers to the practice of receiving health counseling virtually rather than in a provider’s office. While the convenience is appealing, some employees prefer in-person visits for the face-to-face contact....

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Using AI to screen applicants: the risks and rewards

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OSHA turns up the heat on employers

Summer is here, and as the temperatures rise so do the number of on-the-job illnesses and injuries related to heat. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched its National Emphasis Program – Outdoor and Indoor Heat-Related Hazards on April 8 to “protect workers across the nation...

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Perfecting performance management

It can be tricky to track employee performance, but conducting performance reviews on a regular basis is a beneficial practice for managers and employees. Reviews help strengthen the relationship between the employee and the manager by providing a space for open dialogue from both parties. This...

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Negligent entrustment can end in costly settlements

Allowing an employee to drive on behalf of their employer without ensuring that the individual has a valid driver’s license and clean driving record can be considerednegligent entrustment. Employers can be held liable by third parties under negligent entrustment tort laws for auto accidents caused...

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Employee Assistance Program services in demand

As the world adapts to a working in a post-Covid-19 environment, the way employees prioritize benefit offerings is also changing. Employee Assistance Programs are gaining more traction, and worth adding to your benefits lineup. 

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High deductibles don't have to mean high health care spend

High deductible health plans (HDHPs) boast relatively low monthly premiums in exchange for higher deductibles. This can cause some enrollees to delay care because they are unable to pay out of pocket to meet their deductible. With one-third of covered U.S. workers opting for HDHP plans, employees...

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DOL withdraws independent contractor rule

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) officially withdrew the rule regarding independent contractors and joint employment put forward by the Trump administration, citing that “the Rule is inconsistent with the FLSA’s text and purpose, and would have a confusing and disruptive...

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Fraudulent unemployment claims skyrocket

The rise in fraudulent unemployment claims throughout the country has soared this year. Criminals, using stolen personally identifiable information (PII), are submitting online claims hoping to cash in on the chaos and uncertainty within companies and government offices created by the pandemic.

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