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President Issues Executive Order Targeting H-1B Visa Government Contract Workers

August 6, 2020

In a series of executive orders, President Donald Trump has restricted the use of H-1B workers.  A Presidential Proclamation restricts the entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals working under an H-1B status until at least the end of 2020. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has previously conducted unannounced worksite visits to…

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Is Remote Work Working?

August 6, 2020

In March, the Coronavirus pandemic forced companies to shutter their offices, transforming remote work from a practice that was growing in acceptance to a standard operating procedure literally overnight.  Many reported surprise – and relief – at the relatively smooth transition and early productivity gains. In March, Business News Daily reported the results of a…

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COVID Impact on Technology Priorities

August 6, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has caused significant business disruption and placed new demands on workforce management policies and procedures. Besides re-setting their operations for the requirements of remote work and safe workspaces, companies must manage layoffs, redesign their payroll processes, interpret, and comply with regulatory requirements, and sort through an extraordinary number of applications for every…

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The State of Online Recruiting

August 6, 2020

While companies have embraced innovations in HR Technology to hire regular full-time employees, contingent labor hiring has been slow to adopt these innovations.  However, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a game changer. iHire recently published its second annual State of Online Recruiting Report. Survey responses indicate that COVID-19 has intensified the struggle to find qualified…

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Demand for Technology Resources Remains Strong Despite COVID-19

August 6, 2020

While first few months of COVID-19 put employers in an environment of uncertainty, June’s rise in job postings for nearly all key tech occupations and hubs suggests that employer confidence is returning. During the nation’s initial wave of lockdowns, companies had to make rapid decisions about where to focus tech resources. Largely, employers prioritized infrastructure,…

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Legal Pitfalls Regarding Return to Workplace Plans

August 6, 2020

Shifts in working environments caused by the pandemic are beginning to result in new legal challenges. Some legal firms are beginning to offer guidance.  While it is always best to consult with your own legal counsel, the following advice might provide a starting point in discussions regarding return to the workplace policies and procedures. One…

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Department of Labor Addresses COVID-19 Impact on FLSA and FMLA Regulations

August 6, 2020

As companies have rushed to adjust their operating model during the COVID-19 impact, questions have surfaced that have required the Department of Labor (DOL) to issue clarifications regarding the application of the Federal Labor Standards Act(FSLA)  and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Key points are: Work performed remotely, including overtime work, should be compensated…

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Pending Legislation Regarding Independent Contractor Benefits

June 1, 2020

Congress is considering legislation that would allow businesses to provide health- and safety-related benefits to gig-economy workers during the coronavirus pandemic without creating an employer-employee relationship. Under current law, businesses that provide additional relief like paid leave and other benefits to independent contractors could potentially trigger an employer-employee relationship under state or federal law. The…

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Hot Jobs During the Pandemic

June 1, 2020

Korn Ferry reports that the increased emphasis on agility triggered by the pandemic has created a growing demand for procurement officers with supply chain expertise and veteran operating leaders familiar with corporate transformations. Four areas were cited as in high demand due to COVID-19: Supply Chain Specialists Most modern supply chains were built with the…

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Candidate Criminal Background Checks are Outlawed in New York’s Suffolk County

June 1, 2020

On August 25th Suffolk County, NY, will join New York City and other major NY metropolitan districts in restricting pre-employment inquiries into an applicant’s criminal conviction history. The law will prohibit employers from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal convictions or considering an applicant’s prior convictions until after an application has been submitted and an initial…

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