Almost a year has passed since the Midwest began feeling the impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus. In the second week of March 2020, dozens of states and local governments began enacting shelter-in-place orders and other restrictive measures. Flash forward two months and students, teachers and parents alike faced horrible disappointment as commencement ceremonies were postponed or cancelled. Millions of cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths have been reported nationwide. While there is no…
Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the country, stressful holiday plans affected all and sundry. As we turned off Netflix from the comfort of our beds, visions of Christmases past danced through our heads. Big family gatherings, workplace potlucks, ugly sweater parties with friends—would we ever return to those treasured times? Would COVID ever end? Lysoled stockings were hung (six feet apart) by the chimney with care, in hopes that a vaccine soon…
More than six months have passed since the Midwest began feeling the impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus. In the second week of March, dozens of states and local governments began enacting shelter-in-place orders and other restrictive measures. Flash forward two months and students, teachers and parents alike faced horrible disappointment as commencement ceremonies were postponed or cancelled. As of October 22, 2020, 8,378,569 cases and 222,157 deaths have been reported nationwide. While there is…
It is officially holiday season and any HR employee will likely tell you it is not the most wonderful time of the year for them. Time off requests for holiday gatherings, cold and flu season in full swing and navigating the sometimes-treacherous waters of a company party all make for a stressful time of year for human resources folks. Add in a global pandemic, and I’m sure some are highly considering spiking that eggnog. Now…
More than six months have passed since the Midwest began feeling the impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus. In the second week of March, dozens of states and local governments began enacting shelter-in-place orders and other restrictive measures. Flash forward two months and students, teachers and parents alike faced horrible disappointment as commencement ceremonies were postponed or cancelled. As of October 22, 2020, 8,378,569 cases and 222,157 deaths have been reported nationwide. While there is…
Considerations for Employers Policing Social Media Two things are eminently clear as the 2020 election season ramps up—1) everyone has an opinion, and 2) they are not shy about sharing it. So, what is an employer to do when an employee likes or shares an inflammatory article on Facebook or uses his 140 characters on Twitter to start a battle with a local government candidate? Is the employee’s speech protected? Does the National Labor Relations…
Where has summer gone? As the calendar quickly approaches “back to school” time, we remain in the midst of a pandemic crisis. States and local school districts are struggling with making hard decisions between potential continued closure of schools or bringing kids back while minimizing the risks associated with return to school. Among the top concerns for parents and caregivers is the real potential that some schools will not return to on-campus classes but rather…
How do you keep your employees safe at work?  As many states and localities ease or lift quarantine and travel restrictions, many employees are returning to the workplace.  As an Employer, this likely raises some questions for you as to how to keep your employees safe at work.  Both OSHA and the CDC have provided guidance on workplace safety during the pandemic. …