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The Post-COVID Workplace: Employee Preferences Are Only Part of the Equation

Margaret Gennero

As the economy continues to open up and COVID restrictions are lifted, the American workforce faces yet another adaptation. With many people now adjusted to working from home, businesses and organizations are bringing employees back into the office or introducing a hybrid future that combines working from home with days…

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COVID and the Workplace: Vaccine Mandates, Incentives and More

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If an organization is considering incentivizing vaccinations, mandating vaccinations or introducing financial penalties for unvaccinated employees, a number of general rules need to be considered before introducing a policy within the organization. To assist in the interpretation of the rules, here’s some basic information you should know: The HIPAA/ACA financial…

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The Delta Variant & FDA-Approved Vaccine May Mean More Mandates

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As the summer winds down, several new developments on the COVID-19 front are having a massive impact on how organizations across all industries approach vaccination policies. With the surging Delta variant, news of at least one additional variant and recent FDA approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (with more approvals…

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Rising Costs, Cyber Threats and Climate Concerns: How Your Construction Company Can Respond and Rebound From the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic will likely be one of the costliest catastrophes the construction industry has ever faced. As a leading national practice in construction, Oswald has experienced the following firsthand: increases in material costs, workforce management and electronic bonding. Here are some lessons learned. Three Steps to Fight Inflation in the…

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Wildfire Season: Maintain Your Response Plan Annually

Marcco Gambatese

Actions and planning during the off-season impact how well you are ready to weather another wildfire season. In the past few years, the U.S. mainland has experienced bigger and more frequent wildfire activity. Read below for timely advice on wildfires. Prepare Know where to go Be familiar with evacuation routes…

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Group Health Plan Advisory: COVID Vaccine Incentives

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Some employers require employees to obtain COVID vaccines as a condition of employment, while many others are instead choosing to offer incentives to encourage their workforce to obtain COVID vaccines. Any time an incentive is tied to a vaccine, it is necessary to consider applicable nondiscrimination rules found under HIPAA,…

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Benefits Trends Shaped by COVID-19 in 2021 and Beyond

While brighter days are on the horizon, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on employees and their benefits continues to be the main topic within Human Resource departments. The year 2020 was a make-it-or-break-it test for employers and benefit strategies. As a result, 2021 benefits packages are evolving to accommodate…

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Group Health Plan Advisory: Department of Labor Releases COBRA Subsidy Website and Model Notices

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The Department of Labor (DOL) released model notices and a COBRA subsidy information website related to the COBRA subsidy that was passed as part of the American Rescue Plan Act or 2021 (ARPA). The website will be a central location that the DOL uses to inform individuals of their potential…

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[On-Demand Webinar] Reengaging Your Organizational Mission: Considerations for Nonprofits Reopening after COVID-19

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WATCH FULL WEBCAST (Password: Mission1!) The impact the pandemic has had on nonprofit organizations is significant. With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine underway, it is time to start planning for the return to pre-COVID working conditions. This webinar will address many of challenges that non-profits will likely face as…

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Risk Advisory: OSHA COVID-19 Inspection Data and Stronger Workplace Guidance

Jim Hedrick

COVID-19 Inspection Data As of Jan. 14, 2021, OSHA had performed 310 COVID-related inspections and has issued over $4,000,000 in related citations. The most common types of citations are listed below:   Medical evaluations Personal protective equipment (PPE) Workplace assessments PPE appropriateness Employee training Fit testing Storage Reporting Record keeping…

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