June 2020 | SEVENTH EDITION NEWSLETTER
WHAT'S NEW(S)?
Why Racism Went Viral and What It Means For Diversity and Inclusion?
 
Racism is nothing new. It has been pervasive within western society for centuries, steadily tainting the lives of black people, like a malignant virus. It is evident within conversations, in our classrooms, our workplaces and impacts the potential of growth within our society.
Recently, racism went viral. The covert and overt nature of it, capturing the consciousness of the world, with speed and veracity that has rarely, if ever, been seen before, in relation to race.
 
Carmen Morris | Forbes.com | Jun 12, 2020
Social Media Posts During Turbulent Times: FAQs on Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities
June 22, 2020 | Ogletree Deakins
Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules

The court said the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION | RACISM | DISCRIMINATION
THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity make for an awful acronym: DIE. The word equity is associated with principles of fairness. Where is the fairness when one considers the recent events in the USA. Racism continues to be at the root of so much pain and ugliness in our world. 
Protecting Your Business
During Civil Unrest

Civil unrest can create unique challenges for businesses. Specifically, business owners face the risk of vandalism, stolen or damaged goods and extensive property damage. With this in mind, it’s crucial to take steps to mitigate the risk of potential damages to your business during periods of civil unrest.
Review the following guidance to help keep your business protected in these situations.

INSPRO
FN’s ‘Women Empowered’ Roundtable: How Leaders Should Tackle Diversity Now — And for the Long-Term
 
As companies around the country address their internal issues of diversity, footwear and retail are having their own reckoning. FN continued the conversation with four female leaders from the industry, in its virtual edition of the annual Women Empowered event.
 
By  Madeleine Streets | Footwearnews.com

Commuting Post Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought ambiguity and a general feeling of not knowing what to expect when returning to the workplace. One thing for certain is that businesses are reassessing their strategies to help plan for a smooth and thoughtful transition back to the workplace. INSPRO
Keep State, Federal Law in Mind
as National Guard Responds to Disruption
(Thank you for your service!)

If you have an employee who is a member of the National Guard or a branch of the military, now is a good time to review and prepare for military-related leave and reemployment under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and state laws, which protect the right of veterans, reservists, National Guard members, and certain other members of the uniformed services to reclaim their civilian employment after being absent because of military service or training. By Jeanna Crocker | Jun 4, 2020 | HR Daily Advisor

Preparing for the Return to On-Site Work:
A Guide to Implementing a Successful Transition
Most companies impacted by COVID-19 are anxious to return to normal business operations. With the proper protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers, returning to on-site work can be the right decision for many businesses.
However, to successfully transition back to the workplace, employers must develop a strategy that addresses a host of new variables and requires carefully coordinated decisions. Here are recommendations for how to begin building a blueprint to get your business moving forward again. By Rosie Sandoval | Jun 17, 2020 | HR Daily Advisor 

Emergency Paid Sick Leave: U.S. Department of Labor Enforcement Efforts
On The Rise
 
Back in February of this year, when employees were still reporting to work and the COVID-19 pandemic was just starting to gain national attention, there was great concern that infected employees with insufficient sick leave would report to work because they needed income.  
 
By Bruce Sarchet and Christopher Benton
June 25, 2020 | Littler.com
Diversity & Inclusion:
A Complete Guide For
HR Professionals 

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace (D&I) is a term you’ve probably heard several times by now. The concept has continued to gain traction in the corporate world as its benefits have become increasingly clear.
Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers.

SOMEN MONDAL / JUN 8, 2020 | Ideal.com
DHS EXTENDS FORM I-9 REQUIREMENT FLEXIBILITY

In May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19.
E-Verify
OSHA Guidance for Reopening Businesses
On June 18, 2020, OSHA released guidance to help employers plan how to reopen nonessential businesses. 
ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: 

If you have offered work to employees and your employee refuses to return to work, you must notify Iowa Workforce Development 

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Arts Festival
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Youth On Course
Interested in your child playing golf all summer for $5 or less?
You've come to the right place!

GREAT NEWS!!!
Jester Park Nature Center & Outdoor Rec & Wel lness Center are opening in July, with a few modifications.

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STRONG MINDS | STRONG HEARTS
SUMMER OF WISHES: WISH HEROES
You have the power to make wishes come true!
Wish Heroes are among our most important and loyal supporters who celebrate
the power of wishes. Your participation in the Wish Heroes campaign will help
ensure local wishes are granted for years to come. 
TROPHY CABINET
"The time is always right to do what is right." Martin Luther King Jr.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King Jr.
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NOTES FROM NAN
HAPPY SUMMER!

There are always two sides to a story, two sides of a coin... and I think we can have two sides to the pandemic.

It's heart-breaking to think of what so many have gone through with COVID. It's a cold reality that our world has changed. Businesses are hemorrhaging. So much destruction and sadness. You can't turn on the tv without seeing sadness. It's hard to see silver linings during this, but I'd like to talk about the other side as well.

What we have learned from the pandemic is invaluable. We have proven that we are agile; we can work from home, manage our families and be productive. Us old dogs can learn new tricks! Hell, I've even proven that I can learn Zoom pretty quickly! Who knew?!

I've loved seeing all the changes in my neighborhood, seeing all the families grow together. I've loved slowing down even if it's just for a few weeks. I don't think I've ever been forced to slow down - BUT I'M LOVING EVERY SECOND OF IT!

So, from Lake of the Ozarks, from my family to yours, I wish you rest, relaxation, peace and good health.

Thanks for reading!

Nan, Sugar (4 yrs old), Brian (hubby) and Petey (10 yrs old)