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Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Wildfires, COVID Resurgence – Is your workplace ready for what's next?

From natural disasters to global pandemics, the challenges organizations face are evolving at an unprecedented rate. The need for emergency preparedness has never been more evident. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), the number of natural disasters in the U.S. has increased...
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The National Labor Relations Board’s Restrictions on Employer Work Rules Changes... Again

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) frequently reviews employer work rules in employee handbooks or other policies to determine whether such rules unlawfully infringe on employees' rights to engage in protected concerted activity. Protected concerted activity includes employees talking with each...
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When to Schedule a Private Team Training: Considering the 4 Major Benefits

September is back-to-school time, and for employees, that means Archbright University! Archbright’s training experts have the opportunity to meet face to face with organizations to discuss their unique training needs. It’s always a joy to find the perfect training solution to propel employees forward.
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You’re Probably Not Issuing FMLA Notices Correctly… And It May Cost You

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Documentation requirements under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are surprisingly complex—even more so than you might think. Because the failure to provide employee notices as required by the FMLA can entitle the employee to monetary relief, employers can’t assume they’ll be hit with a simple slap on the...
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The United States Supreme Court Closes its 2022-2023 Term with Several Decisions Potentially Impactful to Employers

The United States Supreme Court issued several decisions in June, at the close of its 2022-2023 term, that either directly or potentially impact employers. The first two cases discussed below directly impact employers. The other two are tangential to employers and are worth watching for future developments that...
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Retrospective Rating—Earning Financial Rewards with Safety Initiatives

Now, more than ever, Washington businesses are ‘feeling the pinch.’ Revenue margins are slimming while expectations from both internal and external customers continue to grow. Washington employers can leverage their safe work practices to help reduce operational costs and potentially even recoup some money spent by...
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Supreme Court Issues New Standard for Religious Accommodations

Update: In late June, the Archbright Blog told you about a case to watch out for, Groff v. DeJoy, from the Supreme Court’s October 2022 term. It was anticipated that the Court would increase the burden on employers in considering religious accommodation requests protected by Title VII. On June 29, 2023, the Court...
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AI’s Impact on HR

Every day, there seem to be reports of new uses for artificial intelligence (AI). With generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT and others, advances in AI are happening quickly. This rapidly changing environment can cause concern to many professionals in traditional knowledge roles, such as writers,...
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