COVID-19 Update August 4, 2020

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Our team has been diligently working on new and innovative ways to help both the employer and employee deal with the complexities of COVID-19, and we are excited to announce that we will be rolling out new service offerings very soon!

SHRM posted a few helpful articles on talent management today. First, by using work redesign strategies to close talent gaps, organizations should be able to quickly adjust to changing circumstances in the midst of a global pandemic. Cross-training can help minimize talent needs. Next, it doesn’t come as a surprise that most companies use employee referral programs as a cost-effective and convenient method of recruitment for it often leads to higher employee satisfaction and retention rates. Managers are taught that hard workers typically share a network of like-minded individuals, so it’s beneficial to rely on their recommendations. Unfortunately, this practice may also create an unintentional disparate impact on some protected groups if employees refer candidates of the same race, religion, national origin, or any other protected class. Employers should conduct analyses to see if employee referrals negatively affect diversity in the workplace to avoid discrimination or imbalances in the pool of candidates.

ICYMI: The Department of Labor (DOL) rule that required employees to provide documentation before taking the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was struck down by a New York federal judge yesterday. The rejected definition of “health care provider” is raising serious questions about paid leave eligibility. While Congress is still at a stalemate on how to help America get through the pandemic, we are hoping to have more information later this week in time for our webinar on Thursday at 3 PM CST. Be sure to register here and tune in as we are planning to do a refresher on how the FFCRA works and when to test or send people home, etc.

We hope these COVID-19 updates have been helpful during this uncertain time as we attempt to inform everyone on the latest guidelines for people that are either testing positive or have been exposed to the virus. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

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