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Keeping Things “Cool” in the Workplace this Summer – 5 Tips to Boost Employee Engagement

Here we are already – it’s peak summer and employers are in the throes of managing all the various challenges summer brings. Parents are juggling summer childcare issues, vacation requests are rolling in, and the weather may pose its own set of hazards (cue intense heat, summer storms, etc.). July is a great time to ...
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Key Points California Employers Need to Know About New Federal Pregnancy Accommodation Requirements

Employers face significant new pregnancy accommodation requirements thanks to recent federal regulations under the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) that took effect last month. But did you know that California employers – most of which are already subject to fairly stringent requirements under the state’s Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) – also face additional obligations? Read ...
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Big Changes in Online Travel: Transparency, Accessibility, and the Battle for Business Travelers

It was a busy week in the online travel world as evidenced by the number of our stories. Enjoy. Cruise Lines to Disclose Hidden Fees When California’s Junk Fee Law Kicks In July 1June 12, 2024 via Skift Travel NewsOn July 1, consumers will find out if cruise operators are going to stick with the spirit of ...
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EEOC Provides Employers With Key Workplace Investigation Tips: Your 5 Biggest Questions Answered

Employers recently received some helpful guidance from federal workplace officials to ensure your workplace investigations run smoothly, comply with legal standards, and put you in the best position to reach a fair and reasonable outcome. The EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace contained some valuable information about investigations that you might have overlooked ...
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Situational Awareness at Work: Why It Matters and How to Improve It

Situational awareness isn’t just a nice-to-have trait in the workplace, but a fundamental skill that impacts the success and safety of individuals and organizations as a whole. INSIDE THIS ARTICLE, YOU’LL FIND:What is situational awareness?Why situational awareness matters in the workplaceHow to improve situational awareness: Training and exercise In modern workplaces, the ability to navigate ...
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Pride Month is Here: Employer Resources for Supporting LGBTQ+ Workers and Staying Compliant All Year Long

Federal employment protections for LGBTQ+ individuals have greatly expanded over the past four years. While the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) remains committed to preventing workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, this area of the law keeps evolving. You might feel overwhelmed or confused by rapidly changing and sometimes contradictory developments. ...
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What Are Tabletop Exercises? A Guide to Crisis Preparedness

Tabletop exercises simulate real-life emergencies. If your organization has gaps in its crisis response, or there are disconnects between you and your vendors, this is the time to discover them. INSIDE THIS ARTICLE, YOU’LL FIND:1. What are tabletop exercises?2. What a tabletop exercise accomplishes3. How does a tabletop exercise work?4. Tips for effective tabletop exercises Today, ...
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White House Says Employers Should Do These 8 Things When Using AI at Work

The White House just provided employers with a series of best practices that you should consider when using artificial intelligence for workplace purposes. The May 16 Fact Sheet, crafted in conjunction with the Department of Labor, doesn’t carry the weight of law – but could be relied upon by courts and others in these early ...
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10 Steps Employers Should Take to Protect Workers this Summer as Feds Prepare to Finalize Heat Rule

Employers need to take action to protect workers from heat illnesses and injuries as temperatures begin to rise nationwide – not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because federal workplace safety officials are finalizing a stringent new heat rule that would considerably raise the stakes for employers. The Occupational Safety and Health ...
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New Website Accessibility Rule to Go into Effect

On Monday April 8, 2024, Attorney General Merrick Garland signed the final rule under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the accessibility of web content and mobile applications (apps) for people with disabilities.  This final rule clarifies the obligations of state and local governments to make their websites and mobile ...
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