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How You Can Support the Mental Health of Your Employees During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. People have experienced financial hardship, additional challenges with childcare and school cancellations, job loss, reduced hours, sickness, and grief. The future is uncertain, and the present is extra stressful. And to make matters worse, many of the networks and practices that people use to support their mental health are currently unavailable due to social distancing.
In this environment, where people are increasingly anxious and may be... Read More

Employment Law

The Three Ways HR Makes Employment More Profitable

HR covers a lot of territory—much of it cluttered with paperwork—but it really does have a precise business purpose. The point of HR is to make employment more profitable. HR does this in three fundamental ways. First, HR protects the organization against employment-related lawsuits and fines. Second, it reduces the costs of employment. And third, it maximizes employee productivity. In short, HR helps the employer save money and make money in all things related to employment. Protection from Lawsuits and Fines Nothing can prevent an employer from being sued, but good HR c... Read More

Content Spotlight

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
In an effort to create more diversity-friendly workplaces, tech giants like Google and Facebook have been training employees to recognize their unconscious biases. As the term implies, these biases are below the surface, unintended, and often undesired. They're implicit rather than explicit.
Explicit biases are evident in what people say and do, and chances are those who have such prejudices are aware of them. The manager who talks negatively about "the millennials" knows she holds the younger generation in low regard. The person who uses racist slurs doesn't try t... Read More

Equal Pay Act

Massachusetts Strengthens Its Equal Pay Act
News Brief
The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA), passed in 1945, was the first state law of its kind. But it hasn’t provided enough detail to be useful to employees or stiff enough penalties to be compelling for employers. The amendments to MEPA, which take effect July 1, 2018, make the law significantly more relevant.   Equal Pay for Equal Work Under the updated MEPA, employers are prohibited from paying employees who do “comparable work” different wages because of sex. Wages include all forms of compensation, including benefits. C... Read More

The Coronavirus

What Employers Should Know
Combating Coronavirus and Other Infectious Diseases
Infectious disease outbreaks happen around the world on a regular basis. And with a mobile society that travels often, even diseases that are primarily confined to a specific area have the potential to appear anywhere. The most recent threat is the novel coronavirus that is rapidly spreading in China and has appeared in the United States. Accompanying that threat is often fear, fueled by both legitimate... Read More