May 2023

3 things HR needs to know about the end of remote I-9 document review

Employers will no longer be allowed to review new hires’ Form I-9 identification documents remotely after July 31, and HR pros may need to take steps to ensure compliance with that sunset date. The federal government temporarily gave employers permission to examine workers’ documents remotely in the early days of the country’s COVID-19 response, with the …

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Important Information Regarding New Federal Posting Changes

Following is some information regarding recent and anticipated changes to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) workplace posters, and provides details about how these updates will be received. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Poster: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published an updated version of the (FLSA) notice to reflect changes to federal labor law. …

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What You Should Know About the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

1. What is the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act? The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) is a new law that requires covered employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an “undue hardship.” The PWFA applies only to accommodations. Existing laws that the EEOC enforces make …

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EEOC COVID-19 Guidance Updated as Federal COVID-19 Emergency Ends

On May 15, 2023, following the end of the national COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its long running COVID-19 technical assistance resources — What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and other EEOC Laws. As reported throughout the pandemic (here, here, here and here), the EEOC regularly updated …

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How ‘Friendly’ is Your Workplace, and What Does it Matter?

Friendships at work once seemed so natural. Because people spent long hours together in the same place working toward the same goals, they frequently formed strong bonds—bonds that contributed to their own well-being and paid off as productivity for their employer. But as remote and hybrid work become more common, workplace friendships may not be …

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A resume gap can be ‘an automatic whammy’ for candidates. Returnships can bridge that gap.

Juana Rudati was out of the full-time workforce for six years after her job as branch chief at the U.S. Department of Defense in San Francisco ended. “I was looking for a job for quite a while, mostly the whole time I was away. Then, life got in the way,” Rudati said. Her mom had …

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What does feds’ latest caution on AI mean for employers?

Leaders from four federal agencies issued a joint statement last week on the use of artificial intelligence and automated systems, outlining how existing U.S. laws and regulations apply to these technologies. The document, authored by heads of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission, follows months of growth …

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Combating “Bare Minimum Mondays”

“Bare Minimum Mondays” (BMM) is the latest workplace trend to describe declining employee productivity. The fad sweeping workplaces was coined by Maris Jo, a TikTok content creator, who says the idea is to ease into the work week by prioritizing self-care over productivity on Mondays. Bare Minimum Mondays is also linked to the “Sunday Scaries,” …

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