Legal Alert – States Opt Out of Enhanced Federal Unemployment

States Opting Out of Enhanced Federal Unemployment The following states will no longer participate in enhanced federal unemployment benefit programs: Alabama: Cease on June 19, 2021. Arizona: Cease on July 10, 2021. Arkansas: Cease June 26, 2021. Georgia: Cease June 26, 2021. Idaho: Cease June 19, 2021. Iowa: Cease June 12, 2021. Mississippi: Cease June …

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The Power of Kindness at Work

Everybody wants to be happy. But how can we meet that sometimes elusive goal? This was a difficult question even before the global pandemic, but nowadays just thinking about it can seem futile. Parents are trying to balance the demands of remote work and online schooling; people who live alone try to keep their focus …

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Trump Independent Contract Rule Dead

This week, DOL announced the withdrawal – effective yesterday – of the “Independent Contractor Rule,” to protect workers’ rights to the minimum wage and overtime compensation protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Per the DOL, the Department is withdrawing the rule for several reasons, including: The independent contractor rule was in tension with …

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Employers React to Employees Refusing Covid-19 Vaccine

As COVID-19 vaccines become widely available, many employers are asking if they can require employees to get vaccinated, and what they can do if workers refuse. Some employers are firing workers who won’t take the vaccine.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has weighed in with guidance that answers some workplace vaccination questions. Employers may encourage or possibly require COVID-19 …

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Lawsuit reveals how Georgia Department of Labor has processed unemployment claims

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – While the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) says it has processed millions of unemployment claims during the last 12 months of the pandemic, the agency has also faced criticism from thousands of frustrated applicants who said they waited, sometimes for months, for answers about their claims and benefits. The Southern Poverty …

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How Managers Can Help Working Parents Whose Kids Have Returned to School

The COVID-19 pandemic hit working parents with plenty of challenges when it came to caring for schoolchildren who were suddenly learning from home: They had to homeschool, and alternate child care and entertain bored kids when the schoolwork was done. Now that some children have returned to in-person classes, whether part time or all day, working parents …

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How to Reopen Wisely Post COVID 19

As businesses start the process of returning employees to the workplace during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, it will not be a simple process. Business owners need to keep in mind that it will not be as easy as announcing a reopening or return-to-the-workplace date. Each business owners’ plan will be different, however, Governor Kemp’s office did release guidelines for …

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