It is without question that COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the economy. We’ve seen unemployment rates rise to numbers we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. In response to the pandemic, a large majority of businesses have needed to conduct layoffs and furloughs. Several have been forced to shut their doors and completely close down. Here is the good and bad news.
The work environment today is significantly different from what it was a few months ago. The strategies previously used to achieve work-life balance may need to be adjusted to account for the current COVID-19 situation. Work-life balance is key to employee satisfaction, employee retention, and increased productivity. Here are some tips that you, as an employer, can adopt to navigate this new world and restore employee work-life balance.
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.