With cold and flu season in full swing, we frequently receive phone calls from employers asking if they can require their employees to receive flu shots. Generally, employers may impose such requirements if they offer reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities or sincerely-held religious beliefs. A recent precedential decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit–the intermediate appellate federal court that covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware–addressed what constitutes a “religious” belief in this context.
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The following four quotes are deep truths about culture. A proper understanding of each statement will help drive you, your team, and your organization to success. They also are very tweetable.
As it gets hotter outside, employers should consider how best to protect their employees from work-related heat illness. Thousands of workers fall victim to heat illness each year, and, tragically, many die from heat exposure at work.
Today many websites (such as TaskRabbit, UpWork, and Fiverr) enable businesses to connect directly with freelancers. Business post descriptions of their jobs (or “gigs”), and freelancers bid on them. Although more and more work is being done this way, not all employers are comfortable in hiring freelance labor, especially if the work involved is the basic work of the company. (In fact the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S.Department of Labor have rules that specifically prohibit companies from using contractors to perform that type of work.) But what if there was a way to apply the gig model to a company’s current workforce?
Corporate value is increasingly dependent on employees, and talent optimization is becoming a serious business issue.
Disengaged managers have disengaged employees.
According to Gallup’s State of the American Manager report, managers account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores across business units. Sadly, the percentage of engaged managers is only slightly higher than the percentage of engaged employees. Pretty scary when you consider that only 30% of today’s U.S. workforce is engaged.
We all have the best intentions on January 1st–making resolutions to eat healthier or workout more or get more sleep. What if you made a resolution to live more gratefully? That’s the goal Janice Kaplan set for herself in her New York Times bestselling book, “The Gratitude Diaries.”