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OSHA Exploring Possible Rules for Heat Illness Prevention

  According to an  article , the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) is looking to add regulations for outdoor and indoor workers to prevent heat illness. Summer in Texas is hot,  very  hot. How hot? Cooking an egg on the ground hot:  On the first 100 degrees day of the year,  six workers from Austin  experienced heat-related illnesses. Safe to say, a new set of prevention rules from OSHA would be welcomed to keep workers safe. Still, each organization whose workers consistently perform their jobs in high temperatures must have a plan. According to  JJ Keller , a business should take the following factors into account when constructing their heat illness prevention plan: Evaluate the risks: for the heat index, an organization must factor in both temperature AND humidity  Indoor work: simply looking at weather reports does not help evaluate indoor conditions. Direct sunlight: while temperature/heat index can be assessed in shade, workers who work in direct sun are at a
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Paid COVID-19 Leave: Unanswered Questions

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was  signed into law  by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021. The act allocated $656.18 billion to American businesses for tax credits and paid sick leave to help assist organizations and their workers. Still, there are many unanswered questions as to what the parameters surrounding the ARPA are for businesses. Allen Smith, J.D. of the  Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)  explored the following questions that many employers have for emergency paid sick leave ( EPSL ), and the emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act ( EFMLEA ) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ( FFCRA ). What qualifications does the FFCRA have? FFCRA: An employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine/isolation due to COVID-19. A worker is subject to the advice of a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19. An employee who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, also seeking a diagnosis. A worker is caring for an individual s

Communication: Why the Candidate Experience Matters and How the Communication Delivery Is Just as Important as the Message.

  As we slowly turn the page on COVID, businesses across Texas are  rapidly looking to hire  workers for vacant positions. Even before 2020, hiring is hard. It can be a process that causes headaches and heartbreak for a candidate and a business. But until now, the candidate’s view of the process has not been explored for employers. The Candidate Experience is more important than ever: 82% of employers plan to hire in 2021. However, 87% of employers say they are  struggling  to fill open positions.  A bad candidate experience can severely impact your brand. 35% of candidates with a negative experience will share it on social media, Indeed, etc.  Before applying or making career decisions, 70% of candidates now look to reviews on sites like Indeed.  Delivery of communication is just as important as the message:  Employers that strengthen their communications with candidates will improve the quality of the candidates hired. 51% of candidates cite poor communication as the  top  factor for

How the Pandemic Shaped the Next Evolution of HR

  The true impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may not be felt for  years to come . When a widespread crisis of that magnitude takes the world by storm, society will never truly revert to the way it was before. The same can certainly be said for human resources as HR departments everywhere are continually evolving,  more so  than other industries. How exactly did the pandemic shape HR? Well, we are just now seeing the potential long-term effects for employers and recruiters. Bill Lyons, author of  We Are HR: The Business Owner’s Definitive Guide to Professional Employer Organizations , says the main question confronting companies and PEO’s now is whether or not their HR departments have evolved  enough  to meet today’s conditions. “HR departments really have had to step up in the last year, adjusting their focus to make sure they were providing the right support in the right areas,” Lyons said.  Part of this latest evolution is remote work, which is altering recruiter’s strategies. Workers

Search Engines in the Workplace

Search engines provide endless information to anyone with internet access. While they are an essential part of life these days, they still pose a risk to individuals and businesses. Hackers aim to infiltrate and steal information from as many people as possible with a single key click. Often, they target keywords and trends on social media to impact as many as possible. James Buscarini of  PEO Compass  examined the present-day risks of search engines for businesses as well as potential steps to take for protection. Risks of searches  Make employees aware and mindful that certain topics on the internet pose a higher risk than others. Emphasize the potential impact of cybercrime or a virus on the business. 90% of companies surveyed by the DOJ said they had monetary and system downtime loss because of cybercrime. Which terms are the most dangerous? Suspicious results in any search engine, make sure employees avoid. The number is ever-changing; hackers generally follow trends as this is wh