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  • S07E04 - HR Rescue: 8 Best Practices for Conducting Video Interviews

    Talent acquisition teams are racing to find ways to make what has historically been a very high-touch human process a virtual one. They are figuring out how to effectively work from home, conduct video interviews, make successful offers (to candidates whom the hiring manager may not have met), and remotely onboard new hires.

    And even though we’re eight months into COVID, not every candidate is comfortable being on video and therefore won't' present themselves as well as they would in-person. You can pick up on nonverbal cues via Zoom or any other platform, but they are harder to see. The result – good candidates can come off the wrong way and miss opportunities. So let’s talk about ways to make the most of the technology while minimizing its limitations, here are 8 best practices for conducting video interviews.

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    About HR Shield
    Do you own a small business? Are you considering starting a new business for the first time? Does hiring an in house HR person not fit your budget? Do you even need an HR person? Do you know if your business operations are compliant with local labor laws? Whether you are a business owner, employee, HR Professional, student, or just a curious person; our certified HR Shield team can provide simple, quick, and accurate answers to common questions.
    Our mission at HR Shield is to be a resource for small-midsize companies that are not able to afford or don’t yet understand the value and impact hiring a full-time certified HR professional can have on your business. Our goal is to educate business owners to help them connect to the value and impact an HR person or team can provide to a company, their employees, and overall productivity so one day that owner utilizes hires human resources professional.
    In addition to working with the small to mid-size business owner we provide a full white label HR portal and HR hotline for payroll companies, PEOs and staffing companies and support their small business owner clients.
  • S07E02 - Episode 100: DEI. Words matter. Actions matter. Listening matters. Curiosity matters. Compassion matters. A conversation with Tanya Gibson

    Today’s guest is Tanya Gibson, PHR (she/her/hers). She is the VP of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and HR at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Tanya believes that it's important for companies looking to rework their diversity, equity and inclusion strategies make bold choices that last longer than just a moment.

    In this episode, Tanya and Jenni Stone talk about racial injustice and the effect recent events have had on the workplace, and our employees. We discuss what it is, what it isn’t, and discuss how important it is to listen to others, who aren’t like you. If you wonder how seeing someone’s perspective can help you be a better leader, listen in to this conversation with Tanya.

    In this episode you’ll hear:

    How leaders can educate themselves to be better prepared to assist their diverse employees.

    How Diversity training often activates bias rather than stamp it out.

    HR cannot own everything, and sometimes are not the right choice to deliver your DEI solutions.

    How to become an ally.

    Resources from this episode:

    National Conversations: Race, Relationships and Resources

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Facebook

    Big Brothers Big Sisters Website

    Harvard Implicit Bias Test

    Color blind or color brave? Ted Talk-Mellody Hobson

    Find Tanya on LinkedIn

    Allyship to Impact, a conversation with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging leader, Jared Karol, as he guides a conversation on power, privilege, and whiteness.  October 14, 2020 click HERE to register

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  • S07E01 - How to Address An Employee's Refusal To Wear A Mask During The Pandemic

    We are excited to close out the last quarter of the year with the start of season 7!  With so many changes happening to the workplace in 2020, HR-Rescue will have regular podcasts to help business owners navigate the constant changing landscape of employee/human management. 

    As employers operate during the COVID-19 pandemic and implement safety and health precautions throughout their workplaces, one issue many are facing is noncompliance with face mask requirements. Whether employers are obligated to require mask wearing by a state or local mandate or taking it upon themselves to require them as a way to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 at work, it is undoubtedly a sensitive situation to confront for various reasons.

    In this podcast episode HR expert Jenni Stone shares steps employers can take when addressing an employee who refuses to wear a mask while at work.

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  • S06E15 - HR Rescue: How to Manage an Independent Contractor

    Independent contractors offer an employer flexibility to meet staffing demands and expertise in areas outside of the employer's business. Like the employers that hire them, independent contractors run their own businesses, set their own schedules, balance conflicting demands and generally work in their own offices without direct supervision. Independent contractors are their own bosses; they are not employees. If an employer manages an independent contractor like an employee, they run the risk that a governmental agency or a court could reclassify the independent contractors as an employee, resulting in significant financial liabilities.

    In this episode HR expert Jenni Stone shares some best practices for managing an independent contractor.

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  • S06E14 - HR Rescue: Hiring During the Pandemic-Don't Neglect I-9 Obligations

    Normally, I-9 documentation must be examined in person, and the law is very strict about this. Even remote workers must have their documents examined directly by a company official, a notary or some other trustworthy person.

    However, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has temporarily loosened these restrictions. In this episode, we share what’s changed, and what you need to do to comply.

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  • S06E13 - HR Rescue: Symptoms Over Testing - CDC Return to Work Guidance

    Aug 12, 2020 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance for when it is safe for workers diagnosed with COVID-19 to return to work. Under the updated guidance, the CDC no longer recommends a test-based strategy to determine when an individual may end their at-home isolation, except in certain circumstances.  In this podcast HR expert, Jenni Stone shares the new guidelines.

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  • S06E12 - HR Rescue: Disability Accommodations and the Interactive Process

    According to the EEOC, it is unclear whether COVID-19 is or could be a disability under the ADA. The CDC has identified a number of medical conditions that may put an individual at a higher risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19, (e.g., chronic lung disease, serious heart conditions, diabetes, liver disease). Additionally, the EEOC advises that employees with certain preexisting mental health conditions (i.e., anxiety disorder) may have more difficulty handling the disruption to daily life created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In this week’s episode, HR expert Jenni Stone shares steps an employer can take if an employee advises their them that they have a medical condition that may be exacerbated by contracting COVID-19 and requests a reasonable accommodation (e.g., remote working), and how to communicate with the employee and exchange information in an effort to reasonably accommodate the employee (i.e., engage in the interactive process).

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    About HR Shield

    Do you own a small business?  Are you considering starting a business? Does hiring an HR professional not fit your budget and current cash flow?

    Whether you are a newly certified HR professional, business owner, office manager, student, or a generally curious person HR Shield are certified HR specialists that provide quick, accurate, and simple answers to common HR and business questions. 

    Our mission at HR Shield is to impact those small and midsize companies that don’t yet understand the value or can’t yet afford to hire a full-time certified HR professional.  Our goal is to educate the small business owner and help them understand the importance and impact an HR professional can have on their company and one day hires a full time certified professional.

    In addition to working with the small to the mid-size business owner we provide a full white label HR portal and HR hotline for payroll companies, PEOs, and staffing companies and support their small business owner clients.

  • S06E11 - HR Rescue: Coronavirus (Covid-19): Discrimination and Accommodation Considerations

    As employers everywhere confront the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they are finding it a constant challenge to protect the health and safety of their workforce; protect the privacy of employee medical information and comply with federal anti-discrimination laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    In this podcast HR expert, Jenni Stone shares some employment discrimination, accommodation, and medical privacy issues to consider during the pandemic.

    Thank you for listening to this episode. We will continue to keep you updated on the changing landscape of Human Resources and address any topic area you wish to learn more about regarding HR and HR Compliance.  We value your feedback or if you have an HR question ask and we just might make your question our next podcast!

  • S06E10 - HR Rescue: DOL Updates Optional FMLA Forms

     

    The US Department of Labor (DOL) has made changes to several of its Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms intended to make them simpler and easier to use for employers and employees alike.  The DOL said these and other changes will "reduce the time users spend providing information, improve communications between leave applicants and administrators, and reduce the likelihood of violations."

    In this week’s podcast HR expert Jenni Stone shares the key changes to the forms, as well as several notification obligations for both employers and employees under the FMLA. 

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  • S06E09 - HR Rescue: LGBTQ+ Protections Expanded Nationwide: Time For Employers To Act

    Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited nationwide.  The Supreme Court ruled in June 2020 that terminating an employee merely being gay or transgender is discrimination based on sex in violation of Title VII.  In light of this ruling, employers that do not already prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity should update their policies immediately and take several other steps to ensure compliance with the law, and to cultivate a diverse workplace and a culture of tolerance and inclusion.  In this podcast HR expert Jenni Stone shares 7 steps you can take today to protect individuals identifying as LGBTQ+ from workplace discrimination.
  • S06E08 - HR Rescue: How to Prevent Race Discrimination

    Race discrimination in the workplace is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Discrimination can be overt, such as failing to promote an individual because of their race, but race discrimination can also occur where the employer enacted policies that while not discriminatory in intent had a disparate negative impact on employees of a particular race. An employer also may be liable for race discrimination if an employee suffers harassment on the basis of race in the workplace. Defending a case of race discrimination or harassment is disruptive and expensive, even if the employer is ultimately found not to be liable. Prevention is the best way to avoid this situation.

    A well-crafted, rigorously enforced antidiscrimination policy, ongoing training and policy review, and a top-to-bottom commitment to creating and maintaining a workplace free from discrimination can offer substantial protection against race discrimination claims. In this podcast HR expert Jenni Stone shares 11 steps to prevent race discrimination in your workplace.

    Thank you for listening to this podcast. We will continue to keep you updated on the changing landscape of Human Resources and address any topic area you wish to learn more about regarding HR and HR Compliance. Please leave a comment below as we value your feedback or if you have an HR question ask and we just might make your question our next video!
  • S06E07 - HR Rescue: OSHA Guide Return To Work

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new guidance intended to help nonessential businesses manage their employees' return to work during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    The guidance aligns with the three phases President Trump put forward in his Opening Up America Again, consistent with state stay-at-home orders and reopening plans. In this podcast, HR expert Jenni Stone explains the three phases of reopening, and the concerns needed to be addressed by nonessential businesses.

    Thank you for listening to this podcast. We will continue to keep you updated on the changing landscape of Human Resources and address any topic area you wish to learn more about regarding HR and HR Compliance. Please leave a comment below as we value your feedback or if you have an HR question ask and we just might make your question our next episode!

  • S06E06 - HR Rescue: Supervisor's Guide to Leading Through the Pandemic


    Leading employees in times of change can be challenging in the best of circumstances. As a supervisor faced with guiding your employees through change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is only natural to feel like you are navigating uncharted territory. In many ways, you are doing just that. However, while the circumstances surrounding the current public health crisis are very different from most work-related change, the principles of effective leadership and change management remain the same.  In this week’s podcast HR expert Jenni Stone shares a guide for leading through the pandemic.

    Thank you for listening to this episode. We will continue to keep you updated on the changing landscape of Human Resources and address any topic area you wish to learn more about regarding HR and HR Compliance. Please leave a comment below as we value your feedback or if you have an HR question ask and we just might make your question our next episode!

  • S06E05 - HR Rescue: Anticipating and Addressing Employees' Return-to-Work Concerns Post-Pandemic


    With stay-at-home orders starting to lift and businesses preparing to begin the process of resuming regular operations, it's time for HR professionals, managers and other business leaders to start putting in place concrete plans for a return to work. At this pivotal juncture, it's important to take proactive steps to anticipate and address employee concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    As the public health and economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic remains top of mind for employers and employees alike, regardless of company size or industry, organizations will be well-served by proactive planning that addresses these key areas: safety, business viability and work-life concerns.

    Thank you for listening to this episode. We will continue to keep you updated on the changing landscape of Human Resources and address any topic area you wish to learn more about regarding HR and HR Compliance. Please leave a comment below as we value your feedback or if you have an HR question ask and we just might make your question our next podcast!

  • S06E04 - HR Rescue: Tips for Managing a Team from Home


    In response to the uncertainties presented by COVID-19, many companies and universities have asked their employees to work remotely. While close to a quarter of the U.S. workforce already works from home at least part of the time, the new policies leave many employees — and their managers — working out of the office and separated from each other for the first time.

    Although it is always preferable to establish clear remote-work policies and training in advance, in times of crisis or other rapidly changing circumstances, this level of preparation may not be feasible. In this episode we share 6 quick and easy tips to managing a team from home.

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  • S06E03 - HR Rescue: Helping Employees Through Survivor's Guilt in the Wake of a Layoff


    When an organization goes through a reduction in force, it is just as important to have a plan in place for working with those who will remain with the organization as it is for those who will be directly affected by job losses. This is just as true for layoffs triggered by a public health emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic as it is for layoffs caused by more common factors, such as a merger or a decline in customer demand. A manager or HR professional working with the remaining employees must be able to understand and effectively lead through the complicated emotions these employees are experiencing.  In this episode HR expert Jenni Stone shares best practices for addressing survivors guilt and effective workplace communication.

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  • S06E02: HR Rescue - Remote Work as the New Normal Post-Pandemic


    The effects of the novel coronavirus will reverberate in US workplaces for years, and there will never be a return to the pre-pandemic state of "normal." Given the sweeping impact, it is not too early to start considering what the world of work will look like after the most immediate crisis has passed.

    For many employers, the biggest permanent change will be a more remote - or entirely remote - workforce. In this episode HR expert Jenni Stone shares some key considerations to keep in mind as businesses move to a more distributed model.

    Thank you for listening to this episode. We will continue to keep you updated on the changing landscape of Human Resources and address any topic area you wish to learn more about regarding HR and HR Compliance. Please leave a comment below as we value your feedback or if you have an HR question ask and we just might make your question our next episode!

  • S06E01 - HR Rescue: How to Prepare for a Recession and It's Impact Durning the Coronavirus Pandemic


    It is too early to know the full implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but most experts are in agreement that the economy is headed for a serious downturn. Proactive, advance planning by HR can help businesses weather the worst of the storm while preserving as many jobs as possible.

    A recession is a difficult time for an employer, both financially and emotionally. When hard choices need to be made that affect the lives of many people, a head-in-the-sand approach serves neither the business nor its employees. In this episode HR expert Jenni Stone shares five practical steps businesses can take to reduce costs, maximize opportunities and ensure all resources are used to maximum effect in preparation for a possible recession.

    Thank you for listening to this podcast. We will continue to keep you updated on the changing landscape of Human Resources and address any topic area you wish to learn more about regarding HR and HR Compliance. Please leave a comment below as we value your feedback or if you have an HR question ask and we just might make your question our next podcast!

  • S05E15 - HR Rescue: How to Develop and Maintain Productivity in a Virtual Work Space


    Companies are scrambling to establish work from home telecommuting policies in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The immediate priorities are the technical prerequisites necessary to get workers connected remotely. The larger challenge is harder to quantify: how to develop and maintain productivity in a virtual work space.

    Establishing an effective work environment is critical when working from home. This applies to the physical space, technology, and work habits. The key to a productive home office that balances work & family life is the development of an isolation strategy.

    Thank you for listening to this podcast. We will continue to keep you updated on the changing landscape of Human Resources and address any topic area you wish to learn more about regarding HR and HR Compliance. Please leave a comment below as we value your feedback or if you have an HR question ask and we just might make your question our next podcast!

  • S05E14 - HR Rescue: Remote Working During the Coronavirus Pandemic


    As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak becomes more acute, employers must consider remote working options and implement emergency communications plans.

    While an organization already may have been offering flexible work options to certain teams or job classifications, a public health crisis may propel an employer to scale those options to most, if not all, of its workforce.

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stated that remote work is one strategy to control transmission of the coronavirus. Federal, state and local labor agencies are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for social distancing and limiting face-to-face contact. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces an employer's legal requirement to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards.

    Based on these recommendations and compliance requirements, an employer should strongly consider making remote working options available to as many workers as possible. Even if an employee is not generally allowed to work remotely due to particular job duties or the employer's industry (e.g., healthcare), employees with disabilities that put them at high risk for complications associated with COVID-19, or employees who may be pregnant, may request to work remotely as a reasonable accommodation to reduce chances of infection.

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