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Should We Let Employees Work-From-Home Indefinitely? A Thread…

May 22, 2020

If you aren’t familiar with a ‘thread’ on Twitter, it’s “a series of connected Tweets from one person. With a thread you can provide additional context, an update, or an extended point by connecting multiple Tweets together.” As you may have recently seen in the news, big companies like Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Google are […]

What to Review When Planning for Reopening from COVID-19

May 6, 2020

How Employers Can Best Approach the Next Steps for Your Workplace On April 16, 2020, the White House issued Opening Up America Again, federal guidelines to reopen the U.S. economy through a three-phased approach. As other parts of the world start to rebound from COVID-19, there is increasing pressure to reopen regions of the U.S., […]

How to Address Unique Recruiting Challenges During These Unique Times

May 5, 2020

Hiring Freeze Vs. Hiring Ramp Up – What’s Your Hiring Challenge? The coronavirus pandemic and ensuing wide-scale lockdowns have turned the business world on its head. Organizations large and small are facing new challenges they may never have seen coming. Some, like Amazon, Walmart and CVS, are having to surge their recruiting to unprecedented levels […]

Pros vs. Cons of our New Normal – Remote Workforce

April 23, 2020

Remote work is most likely here to stay for a large segment of American workers according to Joy Einstein, a partner in the Employment and Labor Law Practice Group for Shulman Rogers Law Firm in Potomac, Maryland. Joy and I sat down for a question and answer on teleworking. (OK, it wasn’t a sit-down, we […]

The Problem with Halting Recruiting During a Crisis Like COVID-19

April 9, 2020

Our economy is going through enormous upheaval as we all try to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The news is filled with stories of record-breaking unemployment, companies shutting their doors, and public confidence plummeting in these uncertain times. It’s understandable business leaders are cautious about recruiting at this time. A similar reaction was seen immediately […]

Local Business Market Trends & Insights During COVID-19

April 9, 2020

Faced with unprecedented times, a declining economy, a new “normal” for most organizations, COVID-19 is changing the way we do business, and new trends are emerging.  Certainly, many organizations are facing economic hardship, and for other organizations, there is emerging opportunity.  Trends are emerging that not only impact how businesses are run now in this […]

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A Review of the CARES Act

April 9, 2020

As most organizations and individuals are facing unprecedented times and getting used to a new “normal,” a new piece of legislation was passed that will certainly make history because no stimulus package like this has ever been created before.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March […]

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What to Review When Making COVID-19 Related Pay Decisions

April 9, 2020

Like many organizations around the country, leaders are having to make some tough pay decisions that will impact their employees as a result of the coronavirus and the new regulations.  Making these decisions are hard and while the administration of changing pay might seem easy, there are several things to consider. In this article, we’ll […]

Review of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

April 9, 2020

On March 18th, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law, becoming effective April 1st, 2020, and ending December 31st, 2020.  The FFRCA provides emergency paid sick leave, and it amended the FMLA to include expanded paid family and medical benefits to employees, so they can take care of themselves or […]

4 Best Practices for Virtual Interviewing

March 24, 2020

As we find ourselves in strange times with COVID-19 that may last several more weeks or even months, it’s important to keep business moving forward. And for some organizations, that may mean continuing to build their talent pipeline and hire new employees to support talent needs. Since this is the first time for a lot […]

How Employers Can Exhibit Care During COVID-19

March 23, 2020

The coronavirus, leading to the COVID-19 pandemic, has challenged many business leaders and HR to make decisions quickly that impact the health and well-being of their employees. There is no rulebook that exists when operations drastically change for an indefinite period. How leaders respond in this crisis says a lot about what they value, and […]

Congress Enacts Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 20, 2020

Guest blog originally published by NFP Mid-Atlantic. Congress Enacts Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Including Paid Sick Leave, Expanded FMLA Protections and Mandated COVID-19 Health Insurance Coverage On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the president signed HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA), which contains several different provisions (also called Acts), which are […]

Coronavirus Preparation: Next Steps for Employers

March 4, 2020

As news of the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to circulate, employers are finding themselves facing questions about the virus and the organization’s response to it. This isn’t the first time in US history business has been faced with this challenge (remember SARS and H1N1 as examples), however, the media coverage combined with the uncertainty about the […]

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Community Spotlight: Shelter House

March 2, 2020

“I get excited about our growth as it allows us to give back even more to our community,” my team frequently hears me say. I believe all impactful change happens in community.  Through our work with our clients and the relationships we build, our community is impacted, and it impacts us.   When it comes […]

The Best Onboarding Practices for Employee Engagement & Retention

February 28, 2020

“The real competitive advantage in any business is one word only, which is “people”. – Kamil Toume Almost all employers have enacted a new hire orientation that typically takes place on the first day of employment. As workplaces have evolved over the past decade, they’ve embraced the practice of expanding orientation into an extensive onboarding […]