Employment Law Consultant (09-17-2020)

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Good Thursday morning.

SPIRAL: “Army ants will sometimes walk in circles until they die….”is the lead sentence to Ed Yong’s September 9, 2020, Atlantic article, “America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral: As the U.S. heads toward the winter, the country is going round in circles, making the same conceptual errors that have plagued it since spring.” Let’s hope we can find a way to move forward.

CHANGE: The future of work. A discussion, from Politico (Global Transitions), with Manpower’s North American President Becky Frankiewicz and Barbara Humpton U.S. CEO of Siemens  “Managing in Uncertain Times

MANSPLANNING: Consider, with help from the New York Times, “Why Are Men Still Explaining Things to Women?”

★ TO DO: Another victim of the Covid-19 pandemic…the To Do List. From Fast Company (Compass), “To-do lists are dead. Use these 3 daily hacks to stick to your priorities and get more done”

★ ACCOMMODATION?:  Remote work as a accommodation? On September 8, 2020, the EEOC updated, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws”. One of the many changes made can be found in Section D.15 which states, in part, that “The employer has no obligation under the ADA to refrain from restoring all of an employee’s essential duties at such time as it chooses to restore the prior work arrangement, and then evaluating any requests for continued or new accommodations under the usual ADA rules. I suggest that employers and employees  review the contents of this Technical Assistance Q&A frequently.

★ CHOICE?: A choice between the worse of two evils? From The Pew Research Center, “Despite Pandemic, Many Europeans Still See Climate Change as Greatest Threat to Their Countries”

CAREER: The work related to your career’s development never ends even when working from home. From Forbes, “How To Amp Up Your Professional Development, Even From Home”

RULE CHANGE: A recent change in the U.S. Department of Labor’s guidelines for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, may, according to the 19th news, “New federal rules could make it harder for parents to take paid leave”

★  SMOKEY:   This  might be of some help dealing with our new normal, from Quartz, “How to breathe easier in America’s Smoke Belt”

PIPER: A literary diversion from the state of current affairs. Enjoy, from BBC (Travel), “The grim truth behind the Pied Piper”

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