Why Some Employees Don’t Want You to Reopen

Jamie Black-Lewis owns two spas that had to close due to Coronavirus shutdowns. Like many other small business owners, she applied for and received a loan under the Payroll Protection Plan. In order to be forgivable, she needs her employees to come back to work and to use most of that money on payroll. They don’t want […]
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Exhausted? Blame Zoom. Or Skype

I cannot even begin to count the number of video conferences I’ve done since the beginning of March. I’ve worked exclusively at home for 11 years, and so I thought I was as up to date as anyone on remote communication. I teach a daily class via Skype and thought I was prepared for all my […]
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You Can Give Your Employee Antibody Tests, But You Shouldn’t

Just about everyone wants to see life get back to normal–whatever that means. But, how do you do it safely? Some businesses are talking about doing antibody testing for Covid-19 to determine if people are safe to return to work.  Normally, medical tests (including taking workers’ temperatures) would be prohibited by law, but nothing is normal right […]
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Ramadan Etiquette in the Office

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan runs from April 23 to May 23 in 2020, which means that you may have co-workers who aren’t eating or drinking between sun up and sundown. Considering the days are quite long in the northern hemisphere this seems like it could be a long and miserable day. How should […]
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How ‘Workshares’ Can Help You Keep Employees on the Payroll

Most jobs cannot be done exclusively at home. Essential employees who cannot work at home need to go into work, but what can you do for your non-essential employees who can’t do their jobs from home? Or even, what happens when there just isn’t enough work or enough revenue to pay people–even if they can work […]
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A Judge’s Request Highlights Why You Need a Telecommuting Dress Code

We’re all a bit more relaxed when we work from home. Understood. But, some attorneys took it a bit too far and had the Weston, Florida (because, of course, it was Florida) Bar Association had to add this pop-up message to their website: One comment that needs sharing and that is the judges would appreciate it […]
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How to Re-open Your Business

Working from home has saved the jobs of millions during this world-wide shut down, with 98 percent of companies implementing work at home, according to a survey by Challenger, Grey, and Christmas. But, that figure is misleading. Just because 98 percent of companies have people working from home now, doesn’t mean that 98 percent of […]
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Why You Should Pay Employees for Temperature Checks

When the question first arises, do you have to pay your employees for the time it takes to take their temperature, my HR brain kicks in and screams, “you can’t take their temperature at all! It’s an illegal medical exam!” This would normally be the answer, but these times are not normal. Generally speaking, an […]
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When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Use Payroll Protection Loans

With jobless claims hitting record highs, you might finally need to figure how to ask for help. A portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates $350 billion in government-backed loans for small businesses, under the Paycheck Protection plan. As a small business owner or sole proprietor, that means you can borrow money […]
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How to Lay Off Employees When Everyone Is Remote

Rent the Runway laid off all of its brick and mortar staff. With stores shut and parties canceled, layoffs make complete sense. But, they reportedly did it via Zoom. Is that acceptable? In the pre-social distancing rules, the answer to that would be a resounding no. Layoffs should be done face to face, and the employee’s direct […]
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3 Ways the Coronavirus Has Changed Your Workplace for the Better

Chances are, your organization made massive changes due to Coronavirus shelter-in-place and other orders. Some of them should be temporary, but some of the changes should be permanent. Let’s look at a few things that have changed. Destigmatized Working From Home  Jobs that a month ago, managers said could not possibly be done remotely, are now […]
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How to Help Your Laid-Off or Furloughed Employees Manage Unemployment

As state after state closes all but essential businesses, many companies are laying off and furloughing employees. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, warns that unless the government acts appropriately, the country could end up with 20 percent unemployment. If you lay off (or furlough) your employees, they are eligible for unemployment. Unfortunately in some states, the weekly payments–ranging […]
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Why Your Sick Policy May be Causing Actual Harm

Dr. Kathleen Moncrieff is a family physician who spends her time off sewing masks for herself and her colleagues, as there is a global shortage. They aren’t as good the commercially made masks, she admits, but they are better than nothing. She’s doing everything she can to help keep her community safe and healthy–and she has […]
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What the Senate’s Passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means for You

Just a few days ago, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and then changed it to make the Senate happy. Today, the Senate passed the revised version without changes. Once President Trump signs this $100 billion bill (which he promised to do), it will go into effect in 15 days. That’s not a lot […]
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Working From Home Reality Check: No, Your Employees Aren’t All Doing Yoga and Folding Laundry

People are working at home at record levels–some happily and some not so happily. Some managers are supportive of this, and some are convinced that their employees will do nothing but, well this all day: Please ignore this tweet. This is not working at home. This is being home. This is a day off. Now, as someone […]
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What’s in the House Coronavirus Relief Bill for Small Businesses

On Friday, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which is designed to give relief to people and businesses affected by Covid-19. It passed, CNN reports, after “intense negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration.” It passed by a vote of 363-40, which means it had bipartisan support. We can expect that the Senate […]
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