This week the State of Washington was able to expand its unemployment insurance program to cover individuals who were not previously covered, including:
This is definitely one of the sadder posts we’ve had to make. Three weeks ago we were all humming along as normal, and then — Boom! Massive layoffs were upon us, the magnitude of which we have never seen in the history of this country.
In order to support employees who may be out with illness or other issues related to COVID-19, there is a new federal law effective April 1, 2020 that will require businesses to pay 80 hours of extra sick time, and an additional 10 weeks in certain circumstances. Here’s what you need to know and how to prepare.
Are you ready for the new Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave to go into effect on January 1, 2020? If you are a Washington State-based employer and have even one employee, it’s time to get familiar with this new program.
I would not want to run into this lion out in the wild all by myself. He appears to have pretty sharp teeth and a large mouth, and I can’t see his paws in this picture, but I’m willing to bet they’re giant and decorated with freshly-sharpened claws.
Good, well-trained employees aren’t exactly easy to come by these days. At a recent business forum I attended, the speaker, who was an owner of a chain of local grocery stores in the Seattle area, commented that the skills they hired for in the past — i.e. experience with grocery stores or in food service –are no longer readily available.
Have you ever seen someone walk into the office in a bad mood? Especially if that person was your boss, you probably noticed how quickly the the energy of the office changed to match the bad mood. An office environment that only moments prior had been sunny and efficient can quickly change to dark and stressful.
Cortney Stehlik-Freeman works with leaders to break through the profit ceiling by turning human resources from a cost center to a profit center.