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How to Respond to Employees Who Are Afraid to Return to Work - Archbright

As employers prepare to return employees to work and resume operations, employees may not be ready to return to physical workplaces. Workers could be unwilling to return to work because they are sick; are high-risk individuals; are caregivers for sick family members; are caregivers for children if schools or daycare...

Accommodating High-Risk Employees During a Pandemic - Archbright

Employers are required to reasonably accommodate employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws. The ADA prohibits discrimination by an employer against any “qualified individual with a known disability” regarding job applications, hiring, advancement, termination, compensation,...

Ten Steps for Employers Facing Layoffs, Furloughs, and Workplace Closures - Archbright

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken a toll on the workforce, with many employers forced to consider furloughs, layoffs, and workplace closures. Few business decisions involve as many legal, emotional, and practical considerations as the decision to lay off employees. The challenge for management is to reduce the...

COVID-19: Can Employers Mandate Vaccination? - Archbright

With two approved vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19 now available, eventually, all individuals will have access to the vaccine. Although it may be several months before it is available to everyone, many employers are asking whether they can require employees to get the vaccine when it is available. In general,...

What Should Employers Do If an Employee Cannot Wear a Mask at Work? - Archbright

Although opinions regarding masks and face coverings vary widely, guidance from health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), states wearing masks or face coverings helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many state and local public health officials – including those in Washington,...

Five Reasons Updated Job Descriptions Matter - Archbright

A job description is a useful tool to describe a position’s tasks, duties, functions, and responsibilities. They form the foundation for many important processes such as job postings, recruitment, selection, wage and hour classifications, setting expectations, compensation, training, performance management, and...

Leave Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Archbright

As employees return to work and resume operations, they may not be ready or able to return to physical workplaces. Workers could be unwilling to return to work because they are sick; are high-risk individuals; are caregivers for sick family members; are caregivers for children if schools or daycare centers are...

10 Holiday Considerations for Employers - Archbright

The holiday season of Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is when several religious and secular holidays occur. While the accompanying festivities can fill many with joy, others can feel left out, and misunderstandings can occur – not to mention potential liability issues for employers. Avoid common holiday season...