The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in the United States for use by individuals 18 years of age and older.
This authorization follows a recommendation from the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) to issue a EUA for the vaccine, and confirms that Americans will have access to a third effective coronavirus vaccine that will allow states to increase distribution.
The COVID-19 pandemic abruptly forced many people to work at a location other than their normal workplace.
If you are working from home for the first time, getting the correct home workstation setup can be challenging.
Your workstation might be a home office, a kitchen table or wherever you can find the necessary space. Unfortunately, it's easy to overlook ergonomics in the home environment. However, by understanding basic home ergonomics and taking small steps, you can positively impact your health and well-being.
Shoplifting can become a costly problem for any retailer. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, over $35 million worth of merchandise gets stolen from retailers each day.
Furthermore, the latest data from the National Retail Federation provides that shoplifting is the leading cause of inventory shrinkage among retail businesses—contributing to 39% of shrinkage concerns.
While no firm number on insured losses has been released for the brutal weather system that has left dozens dead and millions without power or water, it is likely to cause billions in auto, property and homeowners claims, with one reported estimate at $18 billion.
Winter storms typically cause an average of $1.5 billion in property damage, according to the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA). That’s the average for ordinary years, but the subzero temperatures and precipitation striking much of the United States falls well outside the standard winter weather for some areas.
Power outages are an unfortunate reality and often strike fast and unexpectedly, leaving employees looking for answers.
Often a result of extreme winter or other severe weather, a power outage can leave a workplace without the heat or lights on, and the impact can extend to employees’ homes—and their personal safety.
Employee relations are critical before, during and after a crisis, and HR professionals and leaders can play a pivotal role in helping to protect employees in this time of need. Unfortunately, power outages can create challenges for communicating with employees at the time when information is most critical, so it’s important to prepare accordingly.
An employee working a “one week on, one week off” schedule who takes 12 workweeks of federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave may be required to return to work 12 weeks later, a federal appeals court has held.
In Scalia v. State of Alaska, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that an employer may count both “on” and “off” weeks against the FMLA leave entitlement of an employee on a rotating schedule.
Ninth Circuit decisions apply in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. The opinion was issued Jan. 15, 2021.
The Biden administration recently announced a 14-day period of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Payment Protection Program (PPP) when only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for relief.
This period will begin Wednesday, Feb. 24, and conclude on Wednesday, March 10.
Biden also announced four other changes to expand the benefits of the PPP program to underserved small businesses, including:
Attracting and retaining talent is often a top priority for HR departments.
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.
This article shares some tips for attracting and retaining workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In general, once approved by both the state legislature and the state governor, a new bill in California becomes effective on January 1 of the following year (some exceptions are possible for emergency measures and when the bills specifically appoint a different effective date).
Employers that are interested in cutting their health care expenses are likely familiar with telehealth.
This is the process of communicating with a doctor via an app, or a webcam and computer. During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth usage skyrocketed, making it one of the most popular ways to receive health care.
As such, employers should stay apprised of notable telehealth trends to ensure they stay competitive and provide the best health care options to their employees. This article discusses five telehealth trends to watch for in 2021.