COVID-19 Updates

Employco USA, Inc.

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March 16, 2020 (UPDATE)

COVID-19

We remain dedicated to continuing operations for our clients, while keeping our employees health and safety in mind. As of this time, we have put plans into place to both staff our office as well as work remotely to ensure your payroll is processing and HR support is available (keeping you up-to-date with the latest information).

We also encourage our clients to alert any employees who are not on direct deposit to consider signing up ASAP, in case there is any shut down of mail services (USPS, FedEx, etc).

We have updated the FAQ on our website with recent details, our new web page is dedicated to sharing information about COVID-19 and how it relates to the workplace:

https://www.employco.com/coronavirus

FAQ Updates

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Coronavirus in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

Employment expert explains how companies can safeguard their workplaces from the threat of COVID-19

CoronavirusThe global coronavirus death toll has risen to 4,000. Over 729 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States, with 27 fatalities thus far. Fears have spread to the workplace, with many companies canceling meetings, work trips, and encouraging employees to stay home if they are ill.

Rob Wilson, employment expert and President of Employco USA says, “As the number of reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace. Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers.”

So, what should employers do to help keep their workplaces as safe as possible from both coronavirus and legal concerns?

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Why March Madness Costs Companies Billions Due to Employee Distraction and Poor Productivity

Employment trends expert explains these findings and suggests staff management techniques

BasketballRecent statistics reveal that March Madness has become more popular than ever before, thanks in large part to the worldwide betting that takes place. Over 60 million people are expected to fill out brackets this year, with an estimated $10 million being put on the table. However, there is another cost which people may not expect: a downturn in employee productivity.

“March Madness can be a drain on a company’s time and resources,” says Rob Wilson, employment trends expert and President of Employco USA. “With millions of Americans filling out brackets and managing their bets, you can bet that employee productivity takes a hit during this time of year.”

In fact, research shows that lost wages caused by employee distraction and poor productivity during March Madness could amount to losses of up to $1.9 billion!

Wilson says, “Between filling out brackets, researching picks, watching the games and then calling in sick or skipping work due to game days or hangovers, you are looking at a sharp downturn in employee performance. Luckily there are some ways you can manage this common nationwide issue.”

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Workplace Conflicts Are on the Rise: Here’s How to Deal

Human resources expert offers advice on dealing with workplace conflict in today’s political climate 

Workplace ConflictResearch shows that 85 percent of employees say that they experience workplace conflict, with over 2 hours a week being spent on navigating workplace drama. Workplace conflict is not just stressful and unpleasant, it can have a major impact on employee productivity. Indeed, conflicts in the workplace cost companies about $359 billion dollars in paid hours.

Rob Wilson, human resources expert and President of Employco USA, an employment solutions firm with locations across the country, says:

“In today’s culture, employees aren’t just together when they’re literally on the job: they’re together all the time thanks to technology like Skype, WhatsApp, Slack and other coworker communication apps. Not to mention, our current political climate is so divisive right now, and social media only further encourages arguments and discord among your staff.”

Wilson, who has worked directly with many clients who have required assistance managing conflict within their workplaces, says that research shows that workplace conflict is on the rise. “From personality clashes to overwork to poor management, workplace conflict is inevitable and it’s actually getting worse,” he says.

So how can employers be proactive about workplace conflict?

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Employco USA Hires a Workers’ Compensation Claims Coordinator

A human resource and employment solutions firm, Employco USA is pleased to announce the growing expansion of its staff.

Employco’s newest team member:

Teresa ChambersTeresa Chambers, Workers’ Compensation Claims Coordinator – Teresa will be handling claims related to Employco’s master workers’ compensation program.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Employco family.” -Teresa Chambers

For more on this topic, please contact Rob Wilson at rwilson@thewilsoncompanies.com.

(Article) “Small businesses embrace wellness to help retain staffers”

Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, was recently quoted in an article for The Associated Press:

Rob Wilson sees interest in wellness programs growing among his small business clients, and his company, human resources provider Employco, is focusing more on these programs.

“A lot of it so far has been online classes and health coaching, also a lot of online tools right now that employees can access anywhere to help them keep track of what they’re doing,” says Wilson, whose company is based in Westmont, Illinois.

“The companies doing it are really interested in keeping their employees,” he says.

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For more on this topic, please contact Rob Wilson at rwilson@thewilsoncompanies.com.

The Don and Mike Show: Rob Wilson on Marijuana in the Workplace

Rob joins the Don and Mike Show for an interview on marijuana in the workplace.

“With states enacting new laws allowing marijuana in society from both a medicinal and recreational standpoint, companies will need to review their policies and handbooks accordingly. Rob Wilson gives viable tips on what to do with this new societal change we are seeing and how to protect the company when faced with issues centering on marijuana.”

Contact us with any questions you may have, we’re here to help: hr@employco.com

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Are Companies Liable to Protect Staff from Unruly Customers?

Employment expert weighs in on the landmark civil case McDonald’s workers are bringing against the corporation

McDResearch shows that violence at fast food restaurants is not an uncommon occurrence, with these establishments facing more than twice the level of violent crimes as full-service eateries.

But how responsible are employers for protecting employees from workplace violence? A group of McDonald’s workers are contesting that their employers have not done enough to protect them from the onslaught of customer abuse that has been rampant at many locations, specifically those located in Chicago, IL.

“While the ‘Fight for 15’ has been at the center of conversations about the fast food industry, a new concern is emerging for these minimum wage workers. A group of 17 McDonald’s workers in Chicago are bringing to light the dangers they face on the job, and asking the fast food giant to do more to protect its staff,” says Rob Wilson, human resources expert, Chicago native, and President of Employco USA, a national employment solutions firm with locations across the country.

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Podcast: Resolving Workplace Conflicts

Rob, Scott, and Jason discuss conflict in the workplace; from clashing personalities and stress to what causes it, when to get involved, tips on how to mediate and resolve issues, interesting statistics, and more.

They also touch on the new Form W-4 and I-9 releases, including changes and expectations for employers moving forward.

Resolving Workplace Conflicts

Contact us with any questions you may have, we’re here to help: hr@employco.com