A proposed regulation from the US Department of Labor seeks to make it simpler to classify workers as independent contractors based on factors including profit and loss opportunities and economic dependency on an employer. The proposed rule will not supersede state laws.
Legal experts are warning employers to be mindful of the potential for "immunity discrimination" -- favoring certain job candidates because they've survived COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled such moves as unlawful and employers are advised to avoid COVID-19 discussions during the hiring process and to be mindful of other situations where discrimination could arise, such as promotion decision-making.
Freelance marketplaces are becoming more specialized and focused on specific industries. Spacely.work focuses on the space including engineers and physicists; PR Cavalry matches public relations experts with medium-sized businesses; and Expertpowerhouse offers a repository of experts that can be consulted for short-term needs as well as 4,000 consultants who can be hired for long-term projects.
The Trump administration has called for passage of an individual bill to aid the slumping airline industry, in the continued absence of broader stimulus legislation. Republican senators have proposed a $28.8 billion grant in payroll aid for the industry, but it is thought unlikely to be given priority over other sectors which face similar difficulties.
People in the US and other countries expect, or even desire, that the world and their lives will remain significantly changed even after the coronavirus pandemic, according to Pew Research Center and Ipsos surveys. The Pew data found demographic divides, with Democrats, adults under 30 and women most likely to expect permanent changes to their lives.
About 300,000 people who work on merchant ships aren't able to get home as ships are barred from ports, and many are working under expired contracts, without overtime pay and in unhealthy conditions. The industry's structure of ships having multiple owners, often registered in different countries, creates an environment where "industry stands in a circle and points to the bloke to the left and no one takes the blame," says Dean Summers of the International Transport Workers' Federation union.
Small businesses have come up with innovative ways to manage the pandemic, including new revenue streams, a shift to remote work and ensuring workers in the field are kept safe. Some examples include Moriarty's Gem Art starting a livestream gem show, Internet Advisor using website-based live chat and life insurance broker Funeral Funds shifting all sales activities to phone calls.
Leaders should be open about the challenges they're personally facing as they try to help their teams manage the pandemic productively, write Deborah Grayson Riegel and Ruth Gotian. "Consider having more check-in conversations, asking more 'pulse questions' that measure how everyone is doing and hosting some virtual social gatherings," they write.
The pandemic has forced HR to pay closer attention to employee experience, ethics and adaptability, writes Monica Blackwood, CEO of Westsound Workforce. She discusses how total rewards packages are changing, why COVID-19 is HR's version of the financial crisis and the importance of mapping the employee's journey from day one.
Companies are too free to grant privileged access to computers, letting departments such as human resources tread where once only system administrators were permitted, says David Higgins, CyberArk's global technical director. In this Q&A, Higgins notes that "for many organizations, the privileged-related attack surface is much broader than they know."
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