Are You Eligible for COVID-19 Paid Leave?

by Cheryl Stanton

Many Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak will benefit from new workplace protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. If you work for a private employer with fewer than 500 employees and are in one of the situations described below, you may be eligible for paid sick leave and/or paid family leave: Paid sick leave up to two … [More]

Unexpected Benefits of Shifting to a Remote Workforce

by Moe Vela

The pandemic has caused billions of people and millions of companies to shift to remote work overnight, with most of them doing this out of necessity and survival.  For companies that have made the shift to working from home, there have been some surprising benefits. Though no one would choose the current situation, being forced to rely on collaborative technology has helped … [More]

41% of Workers Feel Burnt Out During Pandemic

Society for Human Resource Management

New research from SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) offers a warning to U.S. companies about the psychological costs of COVID-19. While millions find themselves unemployed, 41 percent of U.S. employees feel burnt out from work while another 23 percent report feeling depressed. The survey on the mental health of U.S. workers under lockdown also found employees are … [More]

WEBINAR – May 21: 1.0 HRCI & SHRM: ERISA Compliance Requirements for Small and Large Employers

Basic HR

Request the recording of the webinar here if you are unable to attend the live session. REGISTER HERE This webinar will cover the ERISA compliance requirements for small and large employers, including: ERISA Plans and Requirements - Benefits Subject to ERISA and Plan Document Requirements Disclosure Requirements - Written plan document, SPD, SMM, and SAR … [More]

WEBINAR – May 12: FMLA Administration: Learn How to Reduce Your Risks

Basic HR

Request the recording of the webinar here if you are unable to attend the live session. REGISTER HERE Join us for a discussion and demonstration of our proprietary leave management portal, part of BASIC's FMLA and Leave Management Administration. Dan will walk us through the life cycle of an FMLA claim, as it would be administrated for our FMLA Ease Plus clients. He will … [More]

Wellness Programs Take on New Importance


Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began having an impact on employee wellbeing, employee wellness programs - originally introduced in the '80s to promote physical health - had begun shifting to more holistic programs focusing on mental health, work/life balance, fitness, and financial security. Today, these wellness initiatives are fairly common, as over six in 10 organizations … [More]

EEOC Updates Employee Medical Condition Laws due to COVID-19

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” expands on a previous … [More]

Tread Carefully when Terminating Employees during a Pandemic

by Joshua C. Black, Esq.

With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, there are a few additional considerations Arizona employers must keep in mind when terminating the employment of a current employee. Generally, Arizona employers enjoy wide latitude when hiring and firing due to the State’s doctrine of “at will” employment. Under at-will employment, an employer is not required to establish “just … [More]

How HR Leaders Recruit Top Talent in a Remote-First World

by Vanessa Tierney

These are exceptional times. According to a Gartner online poll of Asian HR leaders in March 2020, “among 805 organizations responding, 88 percent now encourage or require employees to work from home.” As COVID-19 continues its onslaught around the world, governments have turned to measures such as social distancing to disrupt the contagion. Doing so has caused the way we work … [More]

Disaster Relief Related to Employee Benefit Plans

by Paul Yenerall

The Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service jointly have provided in a final rule that all group health plans, disability and other employee welfare benefit plans MUST disregard the period from March 1, 2020 until 60 days after the end of the declared National Emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak or such other date as provided by the agencies in future … [More]