What’s trending in human resources approaches, policies and good management practices.

Questions addressed about temporary layoffs

This is a challenging time for both employers and employees, as we all navigate changes from the impact of the coronavirus and COVID-19. Here, we respond to some questions from employers about recent legislation and handling specific situations in the workplace:

What programs are currently available to assist my employees during our temporary layoff?
At the current time, your employees can file for unemployment compensation online. On the state of Michigan coronavirus website there are additional quick links for additional community resources.

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Experts respond to questions about Family First Coronavirus Response Act

In light of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201 (FFCRA) passing into law, legal experts at Dickinson Wright put together a top ten list of questions employers have about the FFCRA.

The FFCRA was signed into law by the President and will take effect on April 1, 2020. The U.S. Secretary of Labor is expected to issue regulations related to the law by March 25, 2020.

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Some COVID-19 basics: Tips for business

Many people are feeling overwhelmed by the deluge of information regarding COVID-19, the disease that develops in some people through exposure to the novel coronavirus that is being seen around the world.

Although information is constantly changing, we are monitoring alerts and updates from the Centers for Disease Control, and will continue to update to you regarding significant changes as related to the workplace.

We find this link from the CDC to be helpful: CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions offered for employers

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The law firm of Dickinson Wright offers basic tips for employers about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Read more below or see the original post here. (Republished with permission, with updates from the CDC noted below).

It is now impossible to avoid the reality that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19, the “coronavirus”), is a “public health emergency of international concern,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although the risk assessment is currently considered low for most residents, the widespread transmission of the coronavirus in the U.S. “would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time” which could result in significant adverse consequences, including disruption of the American workforce.

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Considering non-compete agreements? Put them in place before hiring or promoting

Recently, Apple brought a case against a manager who allegedly established a competing business during company time. Most company owners would agree that’s not an acceptable way for managers to spend time at work.

What, if anything, can a company do to prevent those situations, and what can they do if a situation like that arises?

Once a situation arises where a company suspects someone will take, or is taking client contacts, employee lists or company trade secrets with them, you may be too late to impact the situation. A decision to use non-solicitation, non-compete or confidentiality agreements should be put in place long before the company needs one.

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Don’t be a victim of email spear phishing

One specific type of phishing attack is called “spear phishing.” Unlike standard email scams, spear phishing includes several elements of social engineering that are intended to deceive the email recipient to a much larger degree.

Spear phishing is “the fraudulent practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to induce targeted individuals to reveal confidential information.” Another frequent and unfortunate consequence of Spear Phishing is monetization. These attacks are also more frequent at the end of a major accounting period such as quarter or fiscal year end.

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3 strategies to avoid workplace teamwork disaster

Getting your employees to work in teams can be difficult, especially when you have employees with drastically different emotions and interpersonal dynamics.

When announcing teamwork assignments, half of the employees tend to get worried, annoyed, and resistant about working together; the other half may feel excited, optimistic, and confident.

So how can you help employees come together despite their initial hesitations? Below are three easy strategies that may be useful when carrying out group projects.

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2020 can mean a profitable approach for your business

It’s hard to believe there is less than six weeks left of this decade. Not just this year, but this DECADE! I have written multiple end-of-year blogs (It’s that time of year again) because goal-setting is my favorite topic for discussion. It’s a great time to reflect on where we are and where we want to go.

So, what will be different for your business in the coming year? Why will it be different? And how will it be different?

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Rising popularity of vaping raises new issues in the workplace

The first time I heard about vaping was during a conversation with my teenage kids a few years ago. I was surprised to hear them say “everyone does it!” What exactly is it? The definition of vaping is “the action or practice of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” Seems harmless, but is it?

Although smoking has been banned from most workplaces for a long time, vaping now presents new issues for employers as well as society in general. Should this smoking alternative be allowed at work and treated like cigarettes?

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Navigating the rapidly changing landscape of marijuana laws

What if you could jump into your time machine and take a trip anywhere in the United States in the 1970s? Imagine telling an employer that marijuana use would be legalized in the next 40-50 years. Can you picture the disbelief that you would encounter?

Well, that day is here. Starting with California legalizing marijuana for medical use in 1996, today 11 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana usage and many others allow for its medicinal use with a prescription.

This shift in the legal landscape of marijuana usage has left employers scratching their heads wondering what they should do. Where zero tolerance marijuana policies were common 10 years ago, now employers have to rethink their drug policy when it comes to marijuana use.

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