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Supreme Court Rules for Federal LGBT Workplace Protections

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 25th, 2020

On Monday, Jun. 15, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. For the first time on a national level, this decision has extended federal workplace protections to the LGBT community. In a landmark 6-3 decision, the Court…

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45% of U.S. Offices Don’t Have a Return to the Office Date Established

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 16th, 2020

Things are slowly beginning to open up again. Cities are re-opening restaurants and malls and people begin to venture out again. But, what about offices? A SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) study released on Jun. 9, 2020 found that 52% of U.S. workplaces plan to reopen by Jul. 15, 2020, while 3% aren’t planning…

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Hone Your Company’s Hiring Strategies for the Post-COVID Job Market

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 16th, 2020

As the nation slowly returns to normal – or at least the new version of normal – companies are looking to open up their hiring again. Roles they’d paused recruiting efforts for due to the crisis are opening back up. But the pandemic has greatly affected the job market, changing what tactics will work to…

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5 Questions You Should be Asking Your Employees on a Regular Basis

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 16th, 2020

Asking your employees the right questions is a great way to counter problems before they arise. It gives you valuable insight into your company, how operations are going, and how each of your employees is doing individually as well as how they’re doing as a team. Often managers only get to see the finished product…

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Countering Implicit Bias in the Workplace to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 16th, 2020

Studies have shown that greater diversity leads to greater productivity and output. But greater diversity in the workplace starts from the top, with leadership initiatives to create and promote an inclusive office culture. During the COVID pandemic, it’s natural that companies are looking for ways to change and improve so that they will come through…

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The Benefits of Pushing Back Retirement – For Employees and Employers

Posted by: Karen Booher on June 12th, 2020

A job has historically been seen as a way to earn a living. But in today’s world, jobs offer a multitude of benefits outside of money. Many find their jobs to be the source of friendships and stimulation that are hard to find elsewhere. Others find they need health insurance and other benefits their job…

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Mental Health Awareness Month – 5 Ways to Support Your Employees

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on May 19th, 2020

Mental health challenges have always affected the workplace but, in the throes of COVID-19, it is even more pronounced. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and, this May, mental health is an issue that companies need to prioritize. With the world still in crisis, employees are dealing with higher levels of anxiety than usual. Nearly…

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2 out of 3 Employees are Uneasy About Returning to Work

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on May 18th, 2020

A recent survey of over 2,000 Americans found that 2 out of 3 people aren’t comfortable with the idea of going back to the workplace. These results hold across all generations, as more than 65% of people in each group reported being uncomfortable with the idea. So, what do companies do with this information as…

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The Future of the Workplace After Stay-at-Home Orders End

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on May 8th, 2020

As we transition from stay-at-home orders to safer-at-home, employees will gradually start returning to the office. However, new guidelines may prohibit all employees from being able to return at once. Some companies may choose to stagger daily shift times. Others may end up having 50% of employees report 2 days/week and the other 50% the…

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A Time To Be Grateful

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on April 22nd, 2020

When our last J. Kent Report for Employers was sent on Mar. 25, 2020, we were in the beginning stages of what is now being referred to as the “new normal”. It has been just over a month since our office, and many others, have shifted completely to working remotely. It has been a major…

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