This election year has been unlike any other in American history.
With an ongoing pandemic, and while millions of people still work and attend school from home, options like mail-in voting, early voting and one-stop voting centers have popped up across the region. Election Day will likely be more like Election Week, New York Times’ opinion writer-at-large covering technology Charlie Warzel told us during a keynote at Technical.ly’s Developers Conference last week.
And similarly to how companies have had to figure out how to address these and other “big issues” this year, many have chosen to make voting and Election Day a part of their company’s policy.
Power Home Remodeling, which previously offered two hours of flex time to go vote on Election Day, this year rolled out a companywide campaign called “Power the Vote” in an effort to educate employees and encourage them to vote. The campaign also
By Tom Hals
(Reuters) – U.S. businesses with COVID-19 outbreaks are facing an emerging legal threat from claims that workers brought coronavirus home and infected relatives, which one risk analysis firm said could cost employers billions of dollars.
The daughter of Esperanza Ugalde of Illinois filed in August what lawyers believe is the first wrongful death “take home” lawsuit, alleging her mother died of COVID-19 that her father contracted at Aurora Packing Co’s meat processing plant.
The cases borrow elements from “take home” asbestos litigation and avoid caps on liability for workplace injuries, exposing business to costly pain and suffering damages, even though the plaintiff never set foot on their premises.
“Businesses should be very concerned about these cases,” said labor and employment attorney Tom Gies of
As employee benefits enrollment season rolls in, companies are weighing new ways to accommodate working parents.
About 4 out of 10 large companies polled by benefits consultancy Willis Towers Watson said they believe the programs they currently have in place do an effective job of supporting these employees.
The firm surveyed 553 U.S. employers, most of whom have at least 1,000 employees, on the week of Sept. 7.
“The reality is that employers have looked at a variety of tactics, considering the pandemic and closed schools,” said Rachael McCann, senior director of health and benefits at Willis Towers Watson.
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“In terms of back-up care, we’re still seeing that only 30% of employers have something in
MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government has agreed with unions and business leaders to make employers cover home working expenses after the coronavirus pandemic caused millions to work from their living rooms, Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias said on Tuesday.
“It was fundamental to regulate remote working to protect the rights of workers,” Iglesias said in an interview with state-owned TV channel TVE.
The draft bill would force companies to pay for all expenses employees may have when working from home while allowing working hours flexibility and granting workers disconnection time, Iglesias said.
He did not detail the expenses employers will have to assume or what employers may have obtained in the agreement.
The draft bill still needs to be approved by the cabinet before being sent to parliament.
During the strict lockdown imposed in Spain from mid-March to late June, millions of workers had to stay at home with