Effective June 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated certain optional Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. The DOL does not require the use of any specific forms or format and in fact, employers may use their own forms. However, the optional forms are simpler and easier for employees, employers, leave administrators and health care providers to understand and use.
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Before COVID-19 only a handful of people worked from home. It was a privilege enjoyed by the few. But COVID-19 forced many companies to provide work from home arrangements for business continuity. Now, many of those companies are considering making remote work permanent. Here are some recent statistics about remote work and telecommuting.
Austinites, pat yourselves on the back. Compared to other major U.S. metropolitan cities Austin, TX ranks in the top ten in startups, women-owned firms, minority entrepreneurs, and business owners with STEM degrees, just to name a few. The report also gives interesting insights into what business owners list as factors that negatively affect their profitability. Here are the highlights from the Austin Chamber report.
Challenging times call for introspection and proactive actions. The recent events in which voices against discrimination and racism are urging for calls for action are prompting organizations to take a closer look at their employment practices, especially in the area of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). It is time to reinforce your approach or kickstart your diversity and inclusion initiatives in order to take meaningful actions and make meaningful changes. To help you, we have put together some guidelines on how to develop a successful D&I program.
Most organizations have realized the need for diversity and are actively supporting initiatives to promote diversity in the workplace. But is diversity enough? Will all of those initiatives and efforts give you the desired results? Not necessarily. Just having a diverse workforce doesn’t guarantee that you will have the positive outcomes and business success associated with it. So, what’s missing? Or what else needs to be done?
What does the future look like in staffing your operations? Most likely the future doesn’t look like it did prior to COVID-19. Now is the time to assess your hiring needs and create a new talent acquisition plan. You must first begin with assessing your hiring needs based on both your operational needs and your budget requirements. Once you have a good understanding of your company’s needs, you are ready to create a new talent acquisition plan.