Normally late summer is a time for fun vacations and a little break from the office. With COVID and travel bans, however, vacation accrual policy has become a fraught topic. Now you’ll need to apply or amend your vacation and accrual policy to handle a workforce that’s subject to travel bans, that might be traveling to unsafe areas, or may even be resistant to taking their PTO because there’s nowhere to go.
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The I-9 form was created in 1986 as part of the Immigration Reform and Control Act to protect American jobs and to cut down on illegal immigration. It makes it difficult for American companies to hire employees who don’t have authorization to work here, especially to knowingly do so. The I-9 has three sections: One for new hires to fill out, including biographical info and immigration status, a second for the employer to fill out, and a third to be completed if the new hire has a temporary work authorization.
Employee burnout has been an evergreen problem, one that employers have dealt with for decades. Back in 2018, a Gallup study found that two-thirds of full-time workers experience some level of burnout sometimes. However, two years later, in a pandemic world where work forces have been forced to go remote for longer than anybody expected, dealing with employee burnout is becoming more of a crisis for many employers.
As the pandemic complicates life, it has certainly complicated workplace rights and compliance for employers. Workers are suddenly in need of completely new protections for completely new circumstances that have been created by the pandemic. Safety at work, sick time, and time to take care of family members who are sick (or not at school, daycare, etc.) have quickly become major issues.
Any business in the US is probably still feeling at least some of the effects of COVID-19. But is your business prepped for all the legal changes surrounding the pandemic? This article will get you up to speed with the most recent knowledge and the best HR strategies for handling some important legislation related to COVID: the FFCRA and the ADA. We’ll also get into some of the most commonly asked questions about pandemic-related work issues.