Most HR Leaders Will Allow Remote Workers After COVID-19 Vaccine Available

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nine out of ten Human Resources leaders will allow employees to work remotely after a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is widely adopted, according to a December 2020 survey by global research and advisory firm Gartner. Sixty-five percent of organizations reported they would continue to offer employees flexibility on …

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DHS Extends Flexible Form I-9 Rules Due to Coronavirus Until January 31, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend the flexibility in complying with rules for Form I-9 compliance due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – set to expire on December 31, 2020 – until January 31, 2021, …

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OSHA Proposes Penalties Totaling $1.6 Million for Coronavirus Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 23, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it had cited 112 establishments for violations relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that resulted in proposed penalties totaling $1,603,544 since the start of the pandemic through October 15, 2020, according to a news release from …

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BBB Offers Safe Delivery Tips for Holiday Shipping During COVID-19 Pandemic

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Since the 2020 holiday shopping season may depend on online shipping more than ever due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has caused over 200,000 deaths and counting in the United States, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering consumers tips to ensure their packages are delivered …

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EEOC Again Updates COVID-19 Guidance with New Questions and Answers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 8, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted an updated technical assistance publication incorporating information from other agency resources and modifying two existing questions and answers (Q & As) to create a comprehensive guide that addresses questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and federal …

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Poll Finds Nearly Half of Jobs Lost to Coronavirus Layoffs May Be Gone Forever

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nearly half of American families – 47 percent – experiencing layoffs during the Coronavirus pandemic believe those jobs may be gone forever when asked in July 2020, an increase from the 20 percent of those families who felt the same way in April 2020, an Associated Press-NORC …

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Expungement Backlog Made Worse by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A New Jersey man granted an expungement of his criminal record in May 2019 is still waiting for that record to be cleared due to delays caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “His slate should have been wiped clean by now, but it’s July 2020 and anyone …

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FMCSA Relaxing Random Drug Testing Requirements Due to COVID-19

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 6, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a “Notice of Enforcement Discretion Determination” that stated the FMCSA “may exercise discretion to determine not to enforce the minimum annual percentage random testing rates for drugs and alcohol” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The …

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OSHA Publishes FAQs to Help Protect Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 2, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) dedicated to keeping the American workforce safe and healthy – published frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers to help protect workers from exposure to the Coronavirus …

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FBI Warns Public of Potential Fraud Schemes in Antibody Testing for COVID-19

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 26, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned the public about potential fraud schemes related to antibody tests for COVID-19 since scammers “are marketing fraudulent and/or unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, potentially providing false results,” according to a press release from the FBI. “In addition, …

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