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As the world tries to regain a sense of normalcy, it is important for employers to understand that not all employees have the same needs. While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on employees’ health and well-being, arguably, most hard hit with mental stressors has been the Asian American woman. Most of the notorious news stories about violence since the start of the pandemic has been in instances of where an Asian American woman has been harmed. The fear of discrimination plus the stress of balancing family and work life has been particularly brutal for Asian American women.
July 1, 2021 will be here before you know it, bringing new legislative updates at the state and federal level. We have complied some of the more noteworthy laws that will go into effect.
As we go into the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be hard to ignore the mental health impact this last year has had on most employees. The stress and uncertainty of dealing with changing circumstances and inadequate resources have put even the staunchest employee on edge.
The civil unrest that has since quieted over the winter has the potential to flare again as the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is set to begin Monday, March 8, 2021. City leaders in Minneapolis have been urging business owners to take precautions ahead of the trial. Businesses with the proper insurance policies in effect most likely have some type of protection in place. But statistics show us that only roughly half of businesses are covered by these policies, putting themselves at significant risk, especially those businesses that are more prone to being subjected to civil unrest. Most small and medium employers (those with up to 100 employees), should have businessowner policies (“BOPs”) that cover property, liability, and business income protection when the business is closed due to damages.
There is no denying the fact that working from home is becoming quite commonplace. According to Global Workplace Analytics, since 2005, the number of people who work from home has increased by 140%. In 2008, about 4.3 million people in the US work from home on a least a part-time basis. According to Upwork, by 2028, about 73% of an average company will employ some remote workers. The thing to keep in mind is that these numbers have nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they show a changing trend in the workplace.
This past year has been a very difficult one, rife with conflict and negativity. It is only reasonable that some will spill into the workplace and affect how employees interact with each other. With that stated, let us go over some ground rules that managers and supervisors should consider as they navigate the new workplace. Ideally, all employees, from upper management to entry-level, should be engaged in these standards.
January 1, 2021 marks the start of a new year and new legislative updates at the state and federal level. We have compiled some of the more noteworthy laws that will go into effect.
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