If you have employees working from home and you want to transition them back to the workplace as the economy picks up, you may find it’s harder than you once thought. For some employees, nervousness about remaining health risks is an impediment—especially for those who haven’t been vaccinated. Many Americans clamored to be vaccinated earlier… Continue reading

Multitasking might be the key to success in many jobs in today’s work environment, according to at least one study. Despite other research concluding that continually switching from one task to another is a drag on productivity and perhaps even dangerous, one lead researcher believes multitasking may be getting a bad rap. There’s a popular misunderstanding… Continue reading

If you’ve had to lay off employees as far back as November 1, 2019, a tiny portion of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) might go to them. That’s the good news for eligible former employees. The bad news for employers is that your company will have some administrative responsibilities to see that… Continue reading

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently taken action on the criteria for determining independent contractor status, rescinding regulations that were enacted as recently as two weeks prior to President Biden’s inauguration in the last days of the Trump administration. That means what’s old is new—the regulations in force now are left over from… Continue reading

While the $7.25 federal minimum wage has been in place since 2009, most states and many municipalities and counties have upped their minimums since then. Of those, 25 have scheduled increases in 2021—most of which take effect on January 1. Meanwhile, longstanding efforts in Congress to raise the federal minimum, thus far unsuccessful, are expected… Continue reading

Chances are, employers don’t need  the force of law to make them care about the health of their employees, especially during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But it’s still important to know what the federal workplace safety agency—the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)—has to say about employees returning to their jobs with a measure… Continue reading

Even while conditions in some states have improved enough to allow some workers in exile to begin returning to their workplaces, life isn’t likely to return to normal for a long while, thanks to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. First, some employees worried about the chances they could become infected might balk at the idea of… Continue reading