HR Chat w/Employco USA: March Madness

We receive a number of questions from our clients as we consult them on a variety of HR issues.

In this video, Rob and Jason cover March Madness in the office. They discuss productivity loss, tips on how to embrace the tournament, team building, company sponsored brackets, creative ways to root for your team, and more.

Questions? We’re here to help, info@employco.com

HR Newsletter: EEOC Releases 2020 Discrimination Data

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

On Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its enforcement and litigation data from the 2020 fiscal year. The agency resolved 70,804 charges in 2020 and secured $439.2 million for victims of employment discrimination. Among their efforts, EEOC employees fielded over 470,000 phone calls and responded to more than 187,000 field office inquiries, including 122,775 online submissions.

According to the EEOC, the following are the top 10 reasons for workplace discrimination claims in fiscal year 2020:

  1. Retaliation—37,632 (55.8% of all charges filed)
  2. Disability—24,324 (36.1%)
  3. Race—22,064 (32.7%)
  4. Sex—21,398 (31.7%)
  5. Age—14,183 (21.0%)
  6. National Origin—6,377 (9.5%)
  7. Color—3,562 (5.3%)
  8. Religion—2,404 (3.6%)
  9. Equal Pay Act—980 (1.5%)
  10. Genetic Information—440 (0.7%)

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HR Newsletter: COVID-19: Returning Workforces and Vaccines

COVID-19: Returning Workforces and Vaccines

The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging for months. In that time, many businesses have ceased operations out of safety concerns and have waited for the right opportunity to resume. Now, with COVID-19 vaccines becoming available, employers can finally start planning for their immediate futures.

There are still many unknowns related to the COVID-19 vaccines, but there is at least one agreed-upon factor: Vaccinating employees is the best way to reopen a business safely. However, while it may be the best tool in the arsenal, it is not the only one. Employers will still need to continue using safeguards such as masks and social distancing to ensure the safety of their workers and customers.

New Toolkit: With that in mind, we recently released an HR Toolkit that explores the COVID-19 vaccines and other workplace safeguards, and helps employers decide whether a vaccination policy is right for their organizations. Included at the end is a robust appendix with printable resources that employers can use right now, including policies, communications and more.  Click the following link to read or download the HR toolkit on Returning Workforces and COVID-19 Vaccines.

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HR Newsletter: Attraction and Retention Challenges Amid COVID-19

Attraction and Retention Challenges Amid COVID-19

Attracting and retaining talent is often a top priority for employers across the country. Given the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the job market, one might imagine this task is easier than ever. Unfortunately, that’s far from the truth. While there may be more candidates than usual, attracting quality talent and retaining top performers still remains a struggle, worsened by COVID-19 and its effects on the workplace.

Provide Meaningful Benefits – The pandemic has affected everyone in significant, yet unique, ways. While all employees may be struggling in some way, their situations aren’t the same. Employers can help lift up their workers by offering meaningful employee benefits. Robust health care offerings may seem like an obvious one-size-fits-all solution, but sometimes voluntary benefits are actually what employees need. These include caregiving assistance, financial counseling, increased paid time off and other nontraditional perks. There are many low-cost options available and, better yet, employees can choose their benefits a la carte to meet their individual needs. New Video: Click the following link to view our recent HR chat on Employee Benefit Trends.

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HR Newsletter: HR Edge Quarterly Newsletter (Q1 2021)

HR Edge Newsletter

We’re excited to announce a new Employco publication – HR Edge Quarterly Newsletter! The newsletter is designed to provide quick, easy-to-read articles that are pertinent to small and mid-size employers. In this inaugural issue, we look at the following topics:

  • How HR Can Support Working Parents
  • The Impact of Employer Branding
  • Understanding Generation Z

Click the following link to view and download the HR Edge Quarterly Newsletter (Q1 2021).

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How Employers Can Approach Spring Break in a COVID-19 World

Human resources expert discusses how employers can prevent a rise in COVID-19 cases during spring break season

Spring BreakDespite the fact that the pandemic is far from over, statistics show that that many Americans are planning to travel during the upcoming spring break season. After a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, research reveals that many Americans are planning to hit warm locales like Mexico and Hawaii, and even international destinations like London, as they take advantage of low-cost airline flights.

However, these travel plans can pose a significant risk to communities when these travelers return back home, or back to the office.

“We are definitely concerned about the fact that traveling employees may have an increased chance of exposing their coworkers and colleagues to COVID-19,” says Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA and employment trends expert. “Yet it’s important to be very sensitive about the message we send to employees about spring break travel. Many of these workers are parents with kids at home, some of whom have not been able to attend school for almost a year. Understandably, these families really want to travel and take advantage of their vacation days and low-cost travel options. We can’t downplay the negative impact lockdowns have had on mental health, and it’s important we attend to those needs as managers and employers. But there is no denying that traveling can be quite risky.”

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HR Chat: Employee Benefit Trends

We receive a number of questions from our clients as we consult them on a variety of HR issues.

In this video, Rob and Jason cover employee benefit trends outside of your traditional health insurance and 401(k). They discuss short and long-term disability, long-term care, student loan repayment, remote work schedules, extra vacation/PTO, and more.

Questions? We’re here to help, info@employco.com

Employco in the News

Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, was recently featured in a number of articles as well as a podcast, follow the links below to read more:

Forbes
Rob was quoted in an article for Forbes discussing paternity leave policies, “Contrast that with the U.S., where 76 percent of fathers go back to work within a week after the birth or adoption of a child. And one in four women are back within 10 days of giving birth, according to Rob Wilson, president of Employco USA, a national employment solutions firm.”

Article (02/12/21): Here’s What Working Parents Should Envy About Norway (and It’s Not Just the Electric Cars)

Forbes

The Don and Mike Show
Rob was a guest on the Don and Mike Show discussing employer mandated vaccines and trade shows starting to reopen.

Podcast (02/12/21): The Don and Mike Show: Rob Wilson from Employco on Employer Mandated Vaccines, Las Vegas to Relax Gathering Numbers

Don and Mike Show

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HR Chat: Virtual Onboarding

We receive a number of questions from our clients as we consult them on a variety of HR issues.

In this video, Rob and Jason cover virtual onboarding in a remote world. They discuss online training (diversity and harassment, safety), new-hire paperwork for virtual review, office tours, employee and manager check-ins, keeping your team involved in the organization, important communication channels, and more.

Questions? We’re here to help, info@employco.com