United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Key Tips For Conducting Virtual Interviews

Posted by: Colleen Kucera    Jun 19, 2020 6:45:00 AM

When quarantine officially came into effect, thousands of businesses with no remote work policy in place scrambled to piece together teleworking procedures robust enough to handle the complications of COVID-19. For many it was a learning process, a time of continual adjustment to find the right solutions for their organizations. Quarantine has now been in effect for several months now, and many departments have gone from growing pains to smoothly operating remotely.

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Topics: HR Elements, Job Interviews, COVID-19, Remote Interviews, quarantine

How To Manage On-Site Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by: Colleen Kucera    Jun 9, 2020 1:30:00 PM

As we continue to self-isolate, executives and team leaders across the country are grappling with the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the toll it's taken on themselves and their workers—and have been handling all of this while in quarantine. But for many employees, working from home hasn’t been an option. Deborah Alvord, a senior director analyst for Gartner, told HRMorning that “Many (employers) can’t implement remote work for all of their employees due to the lack of available infrastructure, the physical nature of some … roles or union contracts.”

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Topics: return to work plan, HR Elements, Social Distancing, COVID-19, CDC

Can Companies Require Their Employees To Pass A COVID-19 Test Before Returning To Work?

Posted by: Colleen Kucera    Jun 5, 2020 2:15:00 PM

As the country gradually begins to reopen, organizations loosen their teleworking mandates, and employees return to the office, it may be tempting for companies to pick up where they left off and consider COVID-19 a non-concern. But for HR teams, the workplace challenges presented by the coronavirus are just beginning. Health authorities have made it clear that  the reopening of the country does not mean phasing out COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

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Topics: EEOC, employee, return to work plan, COVID-19

Tips For Effectively Leading During A Crisis

Posted by: Colleen Kucera    May 29, 2020 6:15:00 AM

The coronavirus crisis is, in a word, unprecedented. Business executives and department heads find themselves facing challenges that even a few months ago would have seemed unfathomable. As the world grapples with the anxiety and fear of a global pandemic, one recurring theme that has arisen is the uncertainty of it all. Every message we receive from businesses and organizations seems to start with “In these uncertain times…”.

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Topics: leadership, HR Elements, Transparency, Pandemic, COVID-19

New Policies For Returning To Work Post-COVID-19

Posted by: Colleen Kucera    May 21, 2020 1:15:00 PM

As more states either re-open entirely or unveil multi-step plans to return to normalcy in the coming months, some businesses will have the opportunity to phase out remote operations and return to on-site working. But just like every other aspect of our lives when quarantine ends, the office is going to be a different place than it was before COVID-19.

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Topics: return to work plan, HR Elements, COVID-19

Remaining ADA-Compliant Under COVID-19

Posted by: Bill Olson    May 5, 2020 6:15:00 AM

The coronavirus crisis has forced human resources teams to juggle more challenges than ever before, from employee benefits and sick leave to new teleworking policies. On top of this, the drastic change in the American workplace has spawned new laws and protocols, while raising questions about how these new regulations affect standing legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In order to remain fully compliant, HR departments need to keep abreast of the latest developments, especially regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which officially went into effect April 2. Here’s some guidance on how to remain ADA-compliant while your company implements new policies in response to COVID-19. 

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Topics: ADA, HR Elements, COVID-19

How To Support Your Employees During A Global Pandemic

Posted by: Bill Olson    Apr 3, 2020 6:05:00 AM

As companies frantically try to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, many HR teams find themselves with an alarmingly jam-packed workload. Employee interviews need to be postponed, telework policies implemented or adjusted, health and wellness protocols changed. And when everyone is in crisis mode, it’s easy to let a simple, but crucial, aspect of the job fall to the wayside: being there for your employees. 

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Topics: Work From Home, Coronavirus, Social Distancing, Pandemic, COVID-19

What The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means For HR Teams

Posted by: Bill Olson    Mar 24, 2020 6:30:00 AM

Last week, the House of Representatives ended ongoing negotiations and reached a finalized agreement on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, another legislative response to the COVID-19 pandemic (an emergency spending bill was already rushed through Congress during the first week of March). After garnering the votes required for approval from the House, the bill will go to the Senate, where it is likely to pass with bipartisan support, and finally President Trump, who is expected to sign.

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Topics: HR Elements, Pandemic, COVID-19