Current issues of interest to employers are featured here, dealing with compliance, trends, and recent developments.
Quits and Job Openings at Record Highs
Recent labor data point to an increasingly tightening job market, with reports of workers quitting instead of returning to work in-person, while employers reassess benefits packages to attract workers.
OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare Employers
OSHA has issued a federal COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for healthcare employers
EEOC Updates Vaccination Guidance
The EEOC has updated and expanded its COVID-19 pandemic-related technical assistance Q&As targeted to federal EEO laws. It also posted a new resource for job applicants and employees.
Diversity at the top is most critical leadership issue
The country is entering a recovery phase, both from the pandemic and from the Recession. Many companies are assessing their leaders and determining what is most important going forward.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Legalities
For many employers, diversity, equity, and inclusion ("DEI") programs are no longer mere "add-ons" to existing human resources initiatives - they are essential to conducting business in the current climate. Read this attorney's guidance for best practices.
IRS Guidance on ARPA's COBRA Subsidy & Tax Credit
The IRS has provided guidance on the premium assistance and tax credit under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) for continuation health coverage under COBRA.
Pandemic Expands Voluntary Benefit Offerings
The pandemic is driving more employers to offer voluntary benefits, with nearly all employers (94%) expecting these employee-pay-all or unsubsidized benefits to hold great importance in their organizations during the next three years, according to a survey.
Guidelines for Vaccines and Masks
How to write company policies for vaccinations and mask wearing.
Post-Pandemic Employees Want Flexibility
More than half of employees surveyed from around the world would consider leaving their job post-COVID-19 pandemic if they are not afforded some form of flexibility in where and when they work, according to research.
Impact of the Pandemic on Employee Mental Health
Over the past year, the pandemic has had a significant effect on the mental health of employees. Read the executive summary of SHRM's research.
Job Satisfaction 2021
Overall, employee job satisfaction remains strong, despite the chaos of the past year. Read this executive summary of major research.