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Can Your Employer Require You to Turn on Your Camera During Meetings?

The workforce has changed tremendously since the start of the pandemic in 2020. According to studies, approximately 41.8% of the American workforce worked remotely during the start of the pandemic, but that has since fallen to about 22%. Still, millions of people still work from their home offices, kitchens, or living rooms. Since this transition, many employers have tried to keep positive company culture alive. To achieve this, employers started asking employees to turn on their cameras during meetings. However, this raised employees’ concerns about privacy. Some argue that they must share their homes and personal lives with others when the camera is on. They say that this is not only an issue of privacy but that this requirement should be illegal. Well, is it?

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A Year of Lockdown: How to Help Your Employees Stay Sane

For most of us, life changed dramatically nearly one year ago, in March 2020. As the one-year anniversary of the life-changing pandemic nears, you may find you or someone you know hitting a wall. These are challenging times that require extra grace, kindness, and compassion. As a business owner, supervisor, or manager, riding the waves of the pandemic storm also includes maintaining employee engagement. Here’s how you can help your staff stay sane as the pandemic rages on.

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Are You Legally Required to Give Employees Voting Leave?

It’s election season and people all over the nation are encouraged to vote and express their opinions. There are three ways in which one can vote for a Federal election: by mail, by absentee ballot, or in person. If you don’t have the opportunity to vote by mail or with an absentee ballot, you must vote in person on the day of the election. Unfortunately, those who aren’t registered to vote by mail only have one way to vote. If employees are scheduled to work on election day, they may miss the opportunity to vote.

If your employees are working on election day, you may have to give them time off to vote depending on the state you’re in. Read more to find out:

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How to Successfully Onboard a Remote Employee

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve either just hired a remote employee, or you’re thinking about hiring a remote employee. Just as you’d have to do with an in-office employee, you’ll need to show your new virtual employees the ropes so they can be successful. Through careful consideration and organization, you can successfully onboard a remote employee without the headaches. How do you effectively bring someone onto your team that you’ve never met in person? We’ll tell you how:

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How to Hire Remote/Virtual Employees

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We live in a new age where nearly all office-based employees are working from home. There’s no question that telecommuting has grown tremendously in the past decade, but the coronavirus’ impact on the workplace has heightened its growth over the past few months. As some offices transition from temporary to more permanent home-based work, it’s time to think about something more than just managing your remote workforce. Now that you’ve abandoned previous in-office practices or you’ve considered hiring remote employees, you need to know how to hire new employees in a virtual environment and bring them onto your team successfully.

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How to Create a Remote Work Policy & How to Stay Compliant

Contributed by: Yuriy Moshes

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The dawn of remote work passed a long time ago. Ever since the digital office became possible many companies have utilized a partially virtual workforce. Smartphones and laptops have allowed us to abandon the strictly traditional office environment. In fact, according to a 2018 study by Upwork, 63% of businesses had turned to a virtual workforce by 2018. 

COVID-19 has accelerated the shift to remote working conditions for many businesses. This has posed new challenges, not only in terms of management, but also how to remain in compliance with labor laws.  

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Can PPP Loans Affect Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

This article was published on May 19, 2020. New information may be available regarding PPP loans and UI benefit packages. Visit the Small Business Administration for more information. For more information about the First Draw and Second Draw of PPP loans, visit this article.

The PPP loan is a valuable resource for many business owners, especially for employers who have employees with unemployment insurance. With the new loan, employers will have the ability to pay their employees as they would normally and can avoid paying unemployment taxes. This all sounds great, but PPP loans are confusing to employees, and many wonder whether their employer’s PPP loan will alter their unemployment insurance statuses. Do PPP loans affect employees’ unemployment benefits? Let’s find out.

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How to Manage Isolation and Loneliness When Working From Home

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Working remotely is a trend that has grown tremendously over the past ten years. In fact, as of 2020, about 4.7 million people in the United States work from a home office and find remote work normal. Recently, countless more have joined the remote workforce as a response to the coronavirus. With lockdown orders in place, many people who’ve never worked virtually before are transitioning to an online setting.

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5 Work-From-Home Habits You Should Follow as a Remote Employee

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You may have recently joined over 8 million Americans as a part of the remote workforce. Like many others, you may have a little trouble getting into the swing of things and finding your rhythm, especially when it comes to organization and discipline. Although you may be new to the remote workforce and it may seem overwhelming, you’ll find that you can actually improve your productivity. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your workday:

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Employee Guide

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Many businesses are facing economic hardships now that the coronavirus has considerably slowed consumer spending. Without an influx of income, many business owners made tough decisions to cut employee hours and pay throughout the past few weeks. As a result of this change, anxious employees try to figure out how to balance their new financial situations. In response to coronavirus’ economic effect on businesses, the federal government took action to provide relief.

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I’m a CEO. Here’s How I Run My Paperless, Work-From-Home Company From My iPhone

In the last 15 years, I’ve generated less than one file cabinet drawer’s worth of paper. Most of that paper can be thrown out now, as everything is available online. None of us are strangers to the wonders of the internet at this point in our evolution, but it’s still no less remarkable. For many of us, the internet just kind of snuck up on us, but for others, the internet was attacked aggressively to achieve new possibilities. The latter applies to my business, Timesheets.com, and how I’m able to manage my 20 office-less workers and several thousand customers from my phone.

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How to Protect and Prepare Your Business From the Coronavirus

Now spread outside of China, the coronavirus takes its toll worldwide. Along with South Korea, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, France, and Germany, the United States has now confirmed signs of this deadly disease in its own home. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As of March 2nd, there are 6 confirmed deaths in the US; however, in its current state, experts say that there will be a huge outbreak soon. This relentless virus brings a lot of chaos and bewilderment to many US citizens and leaves many wondering what they can do to protect themselves. Citizens everywhere are stocking up on bleach, face masks, gloves, and disinfectant products. People worldwide are doing what they can to prevent the virus from entering their own homes and businesses.

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