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January 22, 2021

What to Do If Your Team Doesn’t Want to Go Back to the Office

Source: Liz Kislik, Harvard Business Review

As offices continue to open up, there are ongoing discussions in many organizations about when and how employees should return to work. What should you do if your team wants to continue to work from home and senior leadership wants everyone to start showing up in person?

Bias Is Built Into Our Brains. But There’s Still Hope.

Source: Aline Holzwarth, Forbes

The tendency to conceive of the world around us in categories is a strategy that is often adaptive, but has at least one unfortunate byproduct: the bias that results from associations we make with different categories.

Troubling study reveals how minor workplace slights can trigger suicidal thoughts in depressed people

Source: Arianne Cohen, Fast Company

Minor workplace slights can have a significantly negative impact on susceptible employees, according to a new study out of West Virginia University.

January 21, 2021

The percentage of women who’ve experienced online sexual harassment has doubled since 2017

Source: Meera Jagannathan, MarketWatch

A survey of more than 10,000 people concluded that the percentage of women who say they’ve experienced online sexual harassment has doubled since 2017, from 8% to 16%, as the share of men experiencing online sexual harassment remained about the same.

Cash, Breakfasts and Firings: An All-Out Push to Vaccinate Wary Medical Workers

Source: Rebecca Robbins, The New York Times

Anxious about taking a new vaccine and scarred by a history of being mistreated, many frontline workers at hospitals and nursing homes are balking at getting inoculated against Covid-19.

U.S. Still Lags In COVID-19 Workplace Safety, Former OSHA Official Says

Source: Tonya Mosley, NPR

As COVID-19 deaths and illnesses mount, essential workers — who are denied the chance to work from home — are struggling to stay safe. And it's far from clear whether the federal government is doing enough to protect them, according to a former top federal workplace safety official.

January 20, 2021

Why Some Sexual Harassment Claims Are Considered More Credible Than Others

Source: Misha Gajewski, Forbes

Victim blaming is nothing new when it comes to sexual harassment but a new study shows that some women are seen as more credible than others when it comes to sexual harassment claims.

Here are some of the companies pushing financial incentives to get workers vaccinated

Source: Dee-Ann Durbin, The Seattle Times

As vaccinations continue across the U.S., some companies are offering financial incentives to encourage their workers to get the shots.

The CROWN Act Makes Waves Across The Country To End Hair Discrimination

Source: Kiara McClendon, Forbes

To date, seven states—California, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Virginia, Maryland and Colorado—have passed the CROWN Act making race-based hair discrimination illegal.

January 19, 2021

Many workers will get 4 extra weeks of unemployment benefits. Here’s how

Source: Greg Iacurci, CNBC

The recent Covid relief package offers 11 extra weeks of jobless benefits to workers. Many, but not all, will be eligible for four more, for a total of 15 weeks.

9 Trends That Will Shape Work in 2021 and Beyond

Source: Brian Kropp, Harvard Business Review

While 2020 was the most volatile year in modern history, it would be a mistake to think that we’re in for smoother sailing this year. In fact, as we move into 2021 and beyond, the rate of disruption will potentially accelerate as the implications from 2020 play out across the next several years. Here are nine predictions from the chief of research for Gartner’s HR practice.

Treehouse Foods Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Source: EEOC, EEOC

Treehouse Foods, Inc. / Treehouse Foods Private Brands, Inc. violated federal law when it denied a machine operator in its Forest Park bakery a reason­able accommodation for her physical disabilities.

January 15, 2021

Employers Can’t Fix U.S. Health Care Alone

Source: David Blumenthal, Harvard Business Review

The Haven story should be the subject of deep future study in business schools and health policy programs. Some lessons, however, should already be apparent.

It’s essential to understand why some health care workers are putting off vaccination

Source: Katherine H. Courage, Vox

Early data on why health care workers are delaying the Covid-19 vaccine could help us end the pandemic sooner.

For Health Care Workers, The Pandemic Is Fueling Renewed Interest In Unions

Source: Aneri Pattani, NPR

Of the approximately 1,500 petitions for union representation posted on the National Labor Relations Board website in 2020, 16% appear related to the health care field, up from 14% the previous year.

January 14, 2021

Women accounted for 100% of the 140,000 jobs shed by the U.S. economy in December

Source: Maria Aspan, Fortune

Women accounted for all of U.S. job losses in December, dramatically underscoring the pandemic's unrelentingly disastrous impact on working women.

EEOC Releases New Details On Systemic Age Discrimination: What You Can Do

Source: Sheila Callaham, Forbes

In a press release, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made it very clear: job postings conveying preference — for example, “recent graduate”, young”, “energetic”, is an example of a recruiting practice that may involve systemic age discrimination.

NYPD anti-discrimination chief retires to avoid discipline over hateful posts targeting Blacks, Jews

Source: Danielle Wallace, Fox News

A high-ranking New York Police Department official accused of posting hateful messages online has opted to retire days after the department said it was suspending him without pay.

January 13, 2021

It Could Be a Great Year, if Your Business Survives Winter

Source: Nelson D. Schwartz , The New York Times

As 2021 begins, business owners big and small confront a rapidly shifting landscape. Tough sacrifices may still be required, but many see a post-pandemic resurgence in the year ahead.

EEOC Announces Extension of Act Mediation Pilot

Source: EEOC, EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), announced that it was extending the pilot program that expanded opportunities to voluntarily resolve charges through mediation through Sept. 30, 2021.

Why this manager put workers in charge of their own raises, career development, and reviews

Source: Stephanie Vozza, Fast Company

Author Matt Casey calls his approach “lazy management” and says changing the job, instead of the manager, is the best solution.

January 12, 2021

Unemployment Claims Show Continuing Pressure on Job Market

Source: Patricia Cohen, The New York Times

Employers remain cautious about hiring, one economist says, “but the resurgence of the virus is really the main culprit.”

How AI Can Remove Bias From The Hiring Process And Promote Diversity And Inclusion

Source: Kathy Caprino, Forbes

To learn more about how organizations can address and remove racial, gender, disability and other biases in their hiring processes and practices, we caught up recently with Mike Hudy, Chief Science Officer at Modern Hire.

EEOC and Hennepin Healthcare System Agree to Settle Class Discrimination Investigation

Source: EEOC, EEOC

The EEOC announced it has reached a settlement with Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS), a healthcare provider within Hennepin County, Minnesota, to resolve investigations conducted by the EEOC under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

January 11, 2021

EEOC Provides Proposed Wellness Rules for Review

Source: EEOC, EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s forwarded to the Federal Register its Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRM) on wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan Will End Joint Health Care Venture

Source: Emily Flitter, The New York Times

A joint venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to explore new ways to deliver health care to their employees is disbanding, according to a short statement on its website.

Are They Mad at Me…or Are They Just Blunt?

Source: Alice Boyes, Harvard Business Review

It’s normal for people to have different communication styles, but working with someone who lacks warmth or tends to be blunt can spark feelings of anxiety. Instead of spending time and energy worrying about what a colleague’s abrupt communication says about you, try out a few strategies that might improve your collaboration.

January 8, 2021

Workers are struggling for skills support during pandemic

Source: Ryan Heath, Politico

Labor market experts are calling for 2021 to be the year the United States revamps its social contract.

The most confusing parts of job applications, according to graduating college students

Source: Kyra Sutton, Fast Company

Young adults entering the workforce include two generations, Millennials, and Gen-Zers. And while there are differences present across these two groups, they are similar in at least this way: They expect transparency in everything, including their jobs.

Special Report-U.S. regulators ignored workers' COVID-19 safety complaints amid deadly outbreaks

Source: Chris Kirkham, Reuters

The UPS outbreak is among dozens of cases identified by Reuters where OSHA largely disregarded workers who reported lax pandemic safety practices, according to agency records.

January 7, 2021

Justice Dept. Seeks to Pare Back Civil Rights Protections for Minorities

Source: Katie Benner, The New York Times

The Trump administration has embarked on an 11th-hour bid to undo some civil rights protections for minority groups, which could have a ripple effect on women, people with disabilities and L.G.B.T. people.

N.J. cop who was fired after accusing his bosses of racism to get job back, judge rules

Source: Anthony G. Attrino, NJ.com

A police officer in Essex County who was fired over a year ago after he filed suit against Caldwell and its police chief alleging his bosses made racist remarks will get his job back, a judge has ruled.

How the Google union could boost labor organizing in Silicon Valley

Source: Casey Newton, The Verge

A small number of Googlers announced on Monday that they have formed an unconventional union, and if successful, it could upend labor relations across the industry.

January 6, 2021

The Rise Of The On-Demand Workforce

Source: Adi Gaskell, Forbes

Just as the pandemic has prompted a rethink of many aspects of organizational life, it's quite possible that it will do likewise to how talent is sourced, used, and retained. Whether it proves the trigger that finally creates the "free agent nation", only time will tell.

For younger workers, the coronavirus has been a disaster

Source: Irina Ivanova , CBS News

The economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic has been unprecedented in many respects, but all too familiar in one: The crisis has taken a particular toll on young workers.

We Built Google. This Is Not the Company We Want to Work For.

Source: Parul Koul, The New York Times

For far too long, thousands of us at Google — and other subsidiaries of Alphabet, Google’s parent company — have had our workplace concerns dismissed by executives.

January 5, 2021

Hundreds of Google Employees Unionize, Culminating Years of Activism

Source: Kate Conger, The New York Times

More than 400 Google engineers and other workers have formed a union, the group revealed on Monday, capping years of growing activism at one of the world’s largest companies and presenting a rare beachhead for labor organizers in staunchly anti-union Silicon Valley.

Hobbling the little guy: A rule change at the U.S. EEOC could make it easier to discriminate at work

Source: Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News

The EEOC, which has already grown more hesitant under President Trump, now stands poised to pass a rule that could dangerously dilute its future litigation.

Labor Law: Steps every organization must take in 2021 to prevent and end harassment in the workplace

Source: Karen Michael, Richmond Times-Dispatch

While it seems inconceivable that organizations still employ people who engage in sexual harassment, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settled lawsuits that expose the grim reality that many businesses haven’t gotten the memo.

January 4, 2021

5 Anchorwomen to Leave NY1 After Settling Discrimination Suit

Source: Michael M. Grynbaum, The New York Times

Five NY1 anchorwomen, including the longtime New York City television personality Roma Torre, are leaving the local news channel after settling an age and gender discrimination lawsuit against the beloved media institution.

Covid’s Impact On Sexual Harassment

Source: Kim Elsesser, Forbes

From intimidation over text to showing up for a Zoom meeting sans pants, there are certainly plenty of suggestions that harassment has taken new forms in the virtual workplace.

California’s new workplace laws: COVID-19 safety, family leave and more

Source: Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times

Sweeping new laws ramping up in 2021 will force California businesses to offer employees more help to cope with the pandemic, including measures on disclosure of workplace infections, on healthcare and wage replacement, and on job-protected leave to care for sick family members.

A Look Back At The Workplace Trends That Shaped 2020

Source: Ashira Prossack, Forbes

A few trends stand out as being the very definition of work in 2020, and they’ll also continue as we head into 2021.

December 31, 2020

AMR to Pay $162,500 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Source: EEOC, EEOC

Nationwide medical transportation company American Medical Response Ambulance Service, Inc. (AMR) will pay $162,500 and provide other relief to settle a federal pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC.

The Psychological Effects of the Lack of Workplace Structure

Source: Emily Fisher, Detroitisit

How the Sudden Covid-19 Work-From-Home Mandates Have Adversely Effected Detroiters Working from Home

Labor Dept. rules Delta discriminated against pilot after questioning her mental health

Source: Coral Murphy, USA Today

The Labor Department ruled Delta Air Lines discriminated against a pilot after they questioned her psychiatric health amid her raising safety concerns.

December 30, 2020

Cryptocurrency Start-Up Underpaid Women and Black Employees, Data Shows

Source: Nathaniel Popper, The New York Times

The fast-growing cryptocurrency start-up Coinbase has been rattled in recent months by tensions between executives and employees who said they were being treated unfairly because of their race or gender.

Grubhub gig workers react angrily to change in tipping policy

Source: Dave Lee, Ars Technica

California-based workers for food delivery app Grubhub have reacted angrily to changes to the platform which they say discourage tipping, saying they would wipe out the supposed benefits of new gig worker rules in the state.

7 Reasons why 2021 will be even bigger and better for remote workers

Source: Jared Lindzon, Fast Company

This one was a banner year for remote work, but 2021 is poised to be even bigger, and better, for those who continue to enjoy a flexible work arrangement.

December 29, 2020

Moore & Morford to Pay $80,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Harassment and Retaliation Suit

Source: EEOC, EEOC

Moore & Morford, Inc., a steel-fabrication company in South Greensburg, Pa., will pay $80,000 to settle a sex harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the EEOC.

Two ways workplace productivity may have changed forever: Morning Brief

Source: Sam Ro, Yahoo Finance

In a research note published last week, Goldman Sachs economists identified two ways many businesses will have changed permanently.

New Labor Department Rule Could Change Service Industries Tip Out

Source: Madison Schlegel, 9 & 10 News

The Labor Department announced a rule that allows employers to require tipped workers like servers and bartenders to tip back of house employees.

December 28, 2020

Six Steps For Handling Gender-Based Psychological Violence At The Workplace

Source: Hira Ali, Forbes

While macroaggressions occur on a systemic level and can be obvious, microaggressions are everyday slights and invalidations that women and other marginalized groups regularly experience in day-to-day interactions.

Nature’s Medicines and Amma Investment Group Will Pay $175,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Source: EEOC, EEOC

Maryland Health Management, LLC, doing business as Nature’s Medicines, and AMMA Investment Group, LLC, will pay $175,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit.

Chevron Created a Virtual Summer Camp for Its Employees’ Kids

Source: Rhonda J. Morris, Harvard Business Review

Camp Chevron was up and running within five weeks, offering a multitude of classes to keep children engaged so their parents could have some time to focus on work.

December 23, 2020

Older Judges Forced From NY Bench Sue for Age Discrimination

Source: Associated Press, U.S. News

A group of New York judges is suing for age discrimination after the state’s cash-strapped court system cracked down on a long-standing practice that had allowed them to continue serving past the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Employers can bar unvaccinated employees from the workplace, EEOC says

Source: Megan Cerullo, CBS News

With the first doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine now being administered in the U.S., the federal government is giving employers around the country the green light to require immunization for most workers.

Covid’s Impact On Sexual Harassment

Source: Kim Elsesser, Forbes

From intimidation over text to showing up for a Zoom meeting sans pants, there are certainly plenty of suggestions that harassment has taken new forms in the virtual workplace.

Winter Blues: Seven Tools To Foster Mental Wellness In The Workplace

Source: Keith Ferrazzi, Forbes

With the holiday season upon us, the physical and mental toll of social distancing, wearing a mask, and working from home for the last nine months is adding up.

Harley-Davidson Dealership to Pay $193,750 to Settle EEOC Sex Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Source: EEOC, EEOC

Three companies operating a now-closed Harley-Davidson dealership in Glenview, Ill., have agreed to pay a former employee $193,750 and furnish other relief.

December 22, 2020

Workers overpaid in pandemic unemployment may no longer have to return the money

Source: Jennifer Liu, CNBC

The latest $900 billion coronavirus stimulus bill from Congress aims to allow workers to keep their benefit overpayments — if their state decides it’s OK.

Interconnect Cable Technologies to Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Source: EEOC, EEOC

nterconnect Cable Technologies Corporation (ICTC) has agreed to pay $35,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Here’s Why You Absolutely, Positively Must Buy Your Boss A Holiday Gift

Source: Tony Ewing, Forbes

Even if they don’t celebrate Christmas or Hanukah or Kwanzaa or anything, get them something.

Wrapped, dreads or natural: Hair-rights fight moves to states

Source: Russell Contreras, Axios

States are the new battleground in the growing national movement to protect people of color from hairstyle discrimination.

December 21, 2020

The covid-era workplace: Hard questions, no easy answers

Source: Karla L. Miller, The Washington Post

The pandemic has been a stress test for us all, but the results can tell us what needs to be fixed.

Employee Monitoring Vs. Workplace Trust In An Age Of Remote Working

Source: Anna Shields, Forbes

Work-monitoring technology and workplace surveillance tools are not new, but they are becoming increasingly common with the global shift to remote working.

‘No One Should Get Fired on a Whim’: Fast Food Workers Win More Job Security

Source: Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, The New York Times

The New York City Council passed a bill that would shield workers from being fired without a valid reason. Fast food restaurants say the new rules will make it harder to hire and keep the best workers.

Tyson fires 7 bosses over covid bets

Source: Nathan Owens, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Tyson Foods Inc. has fired seven managers at its largest pork processing plant after allegations that the supervisors took bets on how many workers would catch the coronavirus.

Over 40% of women in tech say they’ve been harassed by a boss or investor, according to new report

Source: Courtney Connley, CNBC

More than 40% of women who are tech employees or founders say they’ve recently experienced harassment from a boss or an investor, according to a report from Women Who Tech.

December 18, 2020

Laying The Foundation For A Successful Hybrid Workforce

Source: Paul McDonald, Forbes

A post-pandemic workplace will be a hybrid of on- and off-site employees, keeping flexibility at the forefront.

Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook spent billions on sparkling new offices. Now they're nearly empty

Source: Ian Sherr, CNET

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed most techies to work from home. Here's what happens when it's over.

The end of the office holiday party – or simply time to get creative?

Source: Miranda Bryant, The Guardian

After a year that has upended work life for millions of Americans, many companies are still keen to show appreciation for their employees with a holiday party.

America’s biggest companies are flourishing during the pandemic and putting thousands of people out of work

Source: Douglas MacMillan, The Washington Post

As the coronavirus pandemic devastated small businesses and plunged millions of Americans into poverty this summer and fall, executives at some of the country’s largest corporations sounded surprisingly upbeat.

Performance Food Group Will Pay Over $5 Million to Resolve EEOC Nationwide Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Source: EEOC, EEOC

Performance Food Group, Inc. (PFG), a national marketer and distributor of national and proprietary-branded food and food-related products, will pay $5,075,000 in monetary relief and furnish significant equitable relief to settle a federal nationwide sex discrimination lawsuit.

December 17, 2020

After latest shutdown order, many restaurants go into hibernation

Source: Pam Kragen, The San Diego Union-Tribune

My Yard Live is one of dozens of sit-down restaurants countywide that have gone into hibernation mode this past week.

Yelp deposits $10 million into Black-owned banks to support underserved communities

Source: Courtney Connley, CNBC

Yelp announced that it is depositing $10 million into three Black-owned banks across the country to help further support underserved communities.

DoodyCalls Will Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Suit

Source: EEOC, EEOC

Charlottesville, Va.-based DoodyCalls, a leading pet waste removal company, will pay $40,000 and provide significant equitable relief to resolve a federal pregnancy and disability discrimination lawsuit.

December 16, 2020

Female Workers Could Take Another Pandemic Hit: To Their Retirements

Source: Mark Miller, The New York Times

Unequal job losses now will translate into smaller nest eggs and Social Security benefits down the road.

Pinterest Settles Gender Discrimination Suit for $22.5 Million

Source: Erin Griffith, The New York Times

Pinterest on Monday agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit from Françoise Brougher, its former chief operating officer, in one of the largest publicly announced individual settlements for gender discrimination.

Hospitals scramble to prioritize Covid vaccine for their workers. Who gets them first?

Source: JoNel Aleccia, NBC News

Hospitals have been grappling with how to distribute the first scarce shots. Their plans vary broadly.

December 15, 2020

Will a Hybrid Workforce Model Work for Your Business?

Source: Joe Galvin, Inc.

While we moved to a work-from-home model in the spring out of necessity, many employees have become used to working from home and its many conveniences. Gen Y and Millennial workers no longer see work-from-home as a perk, rather it's become a requirement. The relentless demand for talent will now make work-from-home a competitive and differentiating feature.

60% of hiring managers say companies will offer bonuses this year—who’s most likely to get them

Source: Jennifer Liu, CNBC

More than half of hiring managers are optimistic that their organization will award year-end bonuses this year, according to an September survey from the professional services firm Adecco.

Former Aide Accuses Cuomo of Sexual Harassment

Source: Dana Rubinstein, The New York Times

A former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday accused him of sexual harassment, asserting that the governor would often discuss her physical appearance, something she said occurred over the course of years.

80-plus business groups blast COVID restrictions as discriminatory

Source: Gary Warth, The San Diego Union-Tribune

More than 80 chambers of commerce and business associations from throughout the county and in other Southern California communities are sending letters to state and local elected officials protesting the latest COVID-19 restrictions as discriminatory toward small and minority-owned businesses.

Computer Science Corporation to Pay $700,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Suit

Source: EEOC, EEOC

Computer Science Corporation (CSC), a technology consulting subsidiary of Tysons, Va.-based DXC Technology Corporation, will pay $700,000 and furnish other relief to resolve an age discrimina­tion suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

United Auto Workers union settles corruption probe with Justice Department

Source: Michael Wayland, NBC News

Federal prosecutors have agreed to end a multiyear corruption probe into the United Auto Workers under a proposed civil settlement that will include an independent monitor overseeing the American union for six years.

How Couples Can Find Balance While Working from Home

Source: Mara Olekalns, Harvard Business Review

Couples working from home during the pandemic face the challenge of balancing work and domestic responsibilities in a way that’s fair, and so far the ongoing crisis has largely reinforced existing gender gaps in the home.

December 14, 2020

Creating Space for Religious Diversity at Work

Source: Ali Aslan Gümüsay, Michael Smets, and Tim Morris, Harvard Business Review

We tend to think of business as a secular activity, and workplaces as inappropriate settings for conversations about religious faith or observance. However, given the growing popularity of bringing one’s whole self to work, the trend towards practices such as yoga and mindfulness, and the fact that more than 80% of the world claims some sort of religious affiliation, leaders are increasingly concerned about how best to handle expressions of faith by their employees.

Michigan court says companies don’t have to serve customers who are gay

Source: Gus Burns, Michigan Live

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to fight a court determination that businesses may, under state law, choose not to serve customers who are gay.

Vaccines Herald Return to Offices, But Workers Don’t Want to Go

Source: Alexandre Tanzi, Bloomberg Wealth

As employers eagerly await the Covid-19 vaccines that promise to return staff to offices after months of working from home, new reports indicate getting them back won’t be easy.

December 11, 2020

A Guide to Virtual Company Holiday Parties in 2020

Source: Robin Reshwan, U.S. News

IF THERE HAS EVER BEEN a need to boost morale for your employees, colleagues and peers – the time is now. The company holiday party is a time-honored tradition that fosters camaraderie, deepens connections and signals the joy of the upcoming time off and the promise of a new year. In our increasingly virtual professional environment with limited or nonexistent in-person venue options, there are still creative ways to celebrate the holidays with your colleagues. Here are some virtual ideas to consider for this season.

December 10, 2020

Get ready to return to a (very different) office

Source: S. Mitra Kalita, Fortune

There’s no going back to what was. The last nine months have forced a drastic reset of work, home and all points in between. The upheaval in commercial real estate allows companies to be pickier about their needs, from open windows to lower employee-to-bathroom ratios. An uncertain pandemic economy means expansion for some sectors and downsizing for others. And studies show that more than one-fifth of adults moved due to COVID or know someone who did; how this affects their desire or ability to commute remains another unknown.

When Employers Can Require COVID-19 Vaccinations

Source: Allen Smith, SHRM

As COVID-19 vaccines become available, many employers will have a strong case for requiring employee vaccinations, so long as their vaccination policies have certain exceptions, are job-related and are consistent with business necessity, legal experts say.

As U.S. companies push to get workers vaccinated, states disagree on who's essential

Source: Tina Bellon & Richa Naidu , Reuters

Companies and industry groups lobbying to get their U.S. workers to the front of the line for COVID vaccination are running into a patchwork of state plans and confusion over who is essential, and who is not.

Lessons From the Pandemic: Tips From Eight Productive People

Source: Arianne Cohen, Bloomberg

The combination of working at home, juggling child care, and pivoting entire business plans on short notice because of the coronavirus outbreak has forced us all to learn new tricks. Here are skills some productive people have picked up this year.

December 9, 2020

Amazon accused of pregnancy and disability discrimination in EEOC charge

Source: Chinekwu Osakwe, Reuters

An Amazon employee from Oklahoma on Monday filed a complaint against the company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission, alleging pregnancy and disability discrimination.

The Federal Gender Pay Gap Is Shrinking, But the Remaining Disparity May Be the Hardest to Eliminate

Source: Erich Wagner, Government Executive

Although the gap between men and women at federal agencies has fallen from 19 cents on the dollar in 1999 to 7 cents in 2017, the vast majority of the remaining salary discrepancy is “unexplained,” watchdog finds.

How To Lead A Digitally Heightened Workplace

Source: Benjamin Laker, Forbes

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in Spring 2020, everything changed. As entire workforces shifted from office buildings to remote working environments, all the ways, we defined work transformed, too. Gone were morning commutes, impromptu conversations around the coffee pot, and casual check-ins after running into somebody in the hallway or cafeteria.

4 Ways to Cultivate Inclusion and Compassion In the Workplace

Source: Nika White, Entrepreneur

In the times we’re living in, more and more people are experiencing stress, unhappiness, and anxiety in the workplace.

The combination of a health crisis, political elections, and pervasive racial inequities have put many people on edge at work. It turns out 53% of adults are experiencing higher levels of stress and worry because of current events. It's easy to blame the various global phenomena happening right now, but issues of stress and anxiety in the workplace are nothing new — especially among women, people of color and other marginalized groups.

EEOC Announces New Process for Requesting Formal Opinion Letters

Source: Don Lee, EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) announced today that it has launched a new process for the public to request a formal opinion letter concerning Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) from the Commission.

December 8, 2020

How Do You Evaluate Performance During a Pandemic?

Source: Lori Mackenzie , JoAnne Wehner and Sofia Kennedy, Harvard Business Review

The ongoing crises of 2020 are affecting women’s careers and, as we enter performance review season, managers have a responsibility to make sure that bias against women — and women of color in particular — doesn’t do further damage. If you want to retain this critical group of talent and avoid lasting consequences for workplace diversity, it will help to rethink how your organization handles performance reviews.

Everyone has a home office now. So who's paying for it?

Source: Chris Taylor, Yahoo Finance

In the past, home offices were often an afterthought: Ill-equipped, cramped, and a little dusty from only occasional use.

Now in 2020, many home offices are looking more like the command center at NORAD: Multiple screens, high-tech capabilities, and professional Zoom-ready surroundings.

Berkeley study shows virus risk in workplace

Source: Bay City News, Kron 4

About two-thirds of California workers will be within arm’s length of their colleagues and customers when the economy reopens fully after the pandemic, University of California at Berkeley researchers discovered.

The results released Monday by the UC Berkeley Labor Center provide some idea of the risk of infection from COVID-19 those workers will face. Research published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control suggests that workers nearer to those they serve have a higher risk of being infected by the virus.

The Covid Risks in the Workplace Break Room

Source: Krithika Varagur, The Wall Street Journal

Workers find extra stress at what was once a lunchtime sanctuary for friendly chatter with colleagues; here’s how to take a breather safely on the job during the pandemic

Marcus G. Keegan Appointed as Regional Attorney for EEOC’s Atlanta District Office

Source: EEOC, EEOC

Marcus G. Keegan has been appointed regional attorney for the Atlanta District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

Keegan brings with him nearly two decades of litigation experience and has a comprehensive understanding of employment law, having represented employees and employers in discrimination matters. He began his legal career as a trial attorney at the Atlanta District Office. He entered private practice in 2004 and founded his own law firm in 2009.

When You Need Time Off for Health Reasons

Source: Women at Work, Harvard Business Review

When an acute or chronic health issue disrupts our work life, how do we let our bosses and coworkers know? How vulnerable should we be? And, as managers, how do we best support an employee who discloses a diagnosis? We talk with two women who’ve had to consider these questions while navigating illnesses, and they share advice on disclosing and discussing health issues with colleagues.




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