July 2020 | EIGHTH EDITION NEWSLETTER
WHAT'S NEW(S)?
HR Leaders Plan to Embrace Remote Work Post-Pandemic
The vast majority of company leaders say their organizations plan to allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time. By: Kathryn Mayer | July 20, 2020 | hrexecutive.com
Should employers be testing employees for COVID-19?
  Just because employers can test doesn't mean they should test.
Why shouldn't an employer test even though the law allows for it?
Fortune magazine asks: “Why some companies are screening employees for COVID-19, while others have opted out?” This is a legitimate question.
Let’s start with the law. Does the law (in this case, the ADA) permit an employer to test employees for COVID-19? Yes, an employer absolutely  may  administer a COVID-19 test before permitting employees to enter the workplace.
Jon Hyman | Jul. 14, 2020 | workforce.com
When Should Managers Call HR?

Employers expect supervisors to resolve some issues on their own and to report other things to human resources—or possibly to in-house counsel—rather than to resolve them independently.
But do you know which is which? 

By Jonathan A. Segal | July 21, 2020 | SHRM

To have a fighting chance against the Coronavirus, everyone needs to sacrifice and develop a coping mindset.
Consider these strategies when adjusting to the new normal...
 
Zywave, Inc. 2020

 How to Talk About Race at Work
 
These are unprecedented times, a viral pandemic colliding with a large social uprising. Our normal, physically and emotionally, is being challenged while working fulltime. The psychological impact of these events and the way it carries over into the workplace cannot be overstated. Leaders seeking to create an inclusive environment must find ways to address these topics. 
 
Susan Arnold | HR On-Call, LLC | the-business-warriors.com
Outbursts and Breakdowns: When an Employee Becomes Emotional, What’s a Manager to Do?  
An employee who erupts into an angry tirade or bursts into tears may be just as surprised as everyone else at the workplace by the sudden onslaught of emotion. 
As workers deal with the uncertainty and loss resulting from a global pandemic, a recession and racial tensions, such emotional flare-ups are increasingly likely to occur. However rattling, a meltdown is not necessarily a terrible thing.  
By Natalie Kroc | July 21, 2020 | SHRM
ADJUSTING TO YOUR NEW POST-CORONAVIRUS NORMAL
There’s no denying that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has rapidly and abruptly changed how we live, work and play. As the threat of the coronavirus shifts, Americans are navigating their new normal and figuring out how Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for social distancing and mask wearing fits into a daily routine.
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6 IMPORTANT BEHAVIORS AFTER YOU SURVIVE THE LAYOFF
 
Many times, we are given advice on what to do if we are laid off from a job, but little advice is offered to the ones who continue on in the company after a layoff. What should you do to support your organization, its leaders and protect your own job?  
DeeAnn Turner | www.deeannturner.com | June 29, 2020
New Guidance on Reporting Sick and Family Leave Wages for Coronavirus Relief Michael Cohn  | Editor-in-chief | AccountingToday.com | July 09, 2020
 
Justices Uphold Expanded Religious Exemption to Contraceptive Mandate
The Trump administration lawfully exempted religious objectors from Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations that require health plans to include contraceptive coverage, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled July 8th.
By Lisa Nagele-Piazza, J.D., SHRM-SCP
July 8, 2020 | SHRM
Managing Grieving Employees
 
Employee grief may seem low on the list of pressing workplace concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, but ignoring this issue can actually hinder return-to-work efforts.
 
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DOL Revises the Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Method  
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a final rule that allows employers to pay bonuses or other incentive based pay to salaried, non-exempt employees whose hours vary from week to week. 
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DOL Issues Revised Optional FMLA Forms
 
DHS Extends Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility

IRS: Employers Must Report Pay for FFCRA Leave on W-2  
Draft Forms for 2020 ACA Reporting Released  
MISSOURI LAUNCHES THREE NEW RESOURCES TO AID COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY, INCLUDING $15 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR TOURISM
JUNE JOB REPORTS RELEASED
July 16, 2020 | Missouri Department of Economic Development | Jefferson City
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NOTES FROM NAN & SUE
CHOICES/CHANGES

As I sit here reflecting on the first half of the year, I can't believe how much our world has changed. We've had to change our way of living, our way of doing business, our way of schooling and even grocery shopping. We've had to figure out how to work from home with the kiddos in our home office. We've found ourselves trying to prioritize what's most important. How are we supposed to make these impossible choices?!

We've all proven that we are capable of change. Maybe not by choice, but clearly we ALL have changed.

I'm in awe of my 18 year old niece, Alex. She was to graduate this past May. Graduation was changed. Her graduation party was cancelled. Yet my perfect niece handled the changes with such grace. She wasn't at all concerned about cancelling her own party because she was more worried about the spread of Covid-19. She is visibly concerned for our world. She is active in peaceful protests, she's active in politics, she is making real changes for what she believes in. She's earned countless awards and scholarships from many organizations over the past several years including The World Food Prize Organization. We all talk about change, but Alex is DOING it.

Maybe we don't have a lot of choices for the changes that are happening; but maybe we could learn from my Alex. You can wait for the changes to happen - or you can make choices that will affect your future, now. Be like Alex, be the change.

Just some random thoughts from me. Thanks for listening!

Nan Boland (one proud aunt) with Alex & Sue Kmet