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Dallas Paid-Sick-Leave Law Blocked, Other Places Add COVID-19 Leave

A Dallas ordinance requiring employers to provide workers with paid sick leave was blocked by a federal judge. The Texas order comes as the federal government and other states and cities mandate temporary paid-leave benefits to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

DOL Releases FFCRA Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued regulations for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which confirmed that covered employers must obtain documentation of paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave to get reimbursed.

Age-Discrimination Challenge of Discharge Rejected

Despite the fact that an employer did not adhere to its internal discipline policy or initially provide a plaintiff with a reason for her termination, she could not establish that the reason the employer ultimately offered for her firing was false.

Termination for Sleeping at Work Upheld

An HR professional could not revive his Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim by arguing that he was not sleeping at work but instead lost consciousness due to diabetes, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Pandemic Forces Employers to Cut Pay

Employers are cutting salary and hourly wages, at least temporarily, in response to their revenue losses during the pandemic. While they're waiting to get back to business, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, may provide some relief.

Los Angeles to Provide COVID-19 Supplemental Paid-Sick-Leave

The Los Angeles City Council just passed a COVID-19 supplemental paid-sick-leave law that will remain in effect until Dec. 31 unless the city council decides to extend it. Here are the basic provisions of the ordinance.

Advocating for Your Employees

“Advocacy” is the idea that you know your people well enough to make sure they are represented accurately and fairly within the company. It’s a skill that often gets short shrift.

Women May Take Extra Financial Hit from Pandemic

Women will receive a disproportionate financial penalty when it comes to the current COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests. As they’re more likely to be family caregivers, women may stay out of work longer to care for children whose schools remain closed or for elderly parents and family members who remain at risk.

Small Businesses May Be Eligible for Payroll-Protection Loans During Pandemic

The latest coronavirus relief fund established new loans to help some employers continue covering payroll costs and other employment-related expenses during the coronavirus crisis.

Student Teaching Assistant May Have Been University Employee

The trial court erred in finding that a graduate student teaching assistant was not an employee of the university and dismissing his race discrimination in an employment lawsuit, a California appellate court ruled.

Employer’s Consent to Cal/OSHA Inspection Deemed Voluntary

An employer voluntarily consented to a safety inspection, even though the inspector was accompanied by several other state officials, some of whom were armed, and the permission to inspect was given by the owner’s son, who was not an officer of the company, a California appellate court ruled.

Instacart, Amazon Workers Protest Coronavirus Response

Workers at Instacart and Amazon went on strike on March 30 over the companies’ response to the pandemic, with a "sick out" planned at Amazon for March 31.

Emergency Changes to Georgia Jobless Benefits Have Harsh Employer Penalties

The Georgia Department of Labor passed emergency rules regarding partial unemployment claims and shifted Career Center registration from in-person to online. Here’s what employers need to know.

USCIS Extends RFE Deadlines for 60 Days

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is giving employers an extra 60 days to respond to requests for evidence (RFEs) or notices of intent to deny due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the agency said.

10 Tips for Protecting Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Employers can take certain actions to make the workplace safer in businesses deemed essential during the coronavirus pandemic and in regions where companies are staying open. Here are 10 ways to protect employees.

How the CARES Act Changes Health, Retirement and Student Loan Benefits

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act alters employee benefit rules, particularly for health coverage, retirement savings and student loan assistance. While some of these provisions are temporary, others are permanent.

Don’t Micromanage During the Coronavirus

With the workplace in turmoil amid the coronavirus pandemic, company leaders may feel the urge to over-manage telecommuting staffers. The message from management experts? Resist the urge to hover virtually.

New Tech May Help Recruiters Get More Value from Academic Records

Recruiters and hiring managers have long relied on the timely verification of academic transcripts as a key factor in evaluating and hiring college graduates. Whether conducted by recruiting teams or by background screening providers, most often through a national clearinghouse, these assessments seek to confirm the truthfulness of information offered by graduates, such as school attended, degree received and date of completion.

HR Technology’s Role in Health Care Is Growing

Nurses and their HR and information technology (IT) colleagues expect future-of-work initiatives to shake up the health care system over the next decade. Bigger investments in technology will be a key factor in enhancing team collaboration, improving performance, and boosting engagement and retention efforts, recent surveys found.

Virtual Presentations, Meetings Require New Approaches for Success

As more people work from home, many are being asked to take on tasks and use technologies with which they have only a passing familiarity, such as leading team meetings and presenting online rather than in person. SHRM Online spoke with experts about the different strategies required to succeed in those scenarios, as well as how to use the features embedded in videoconferencing and Web conferencing platforms.

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