How Much Bereavement Leave Should We Offer?
HR Daily Advisor

“There is no law requiring it, but most employers provide paid time off to employees when there is a death in the employee’s immediate family. Employers may set whatever bereavement leave policy they want. The policy should apply to all employees uniformly and be enforced consistently.
Below we have provided survey data on bereavement leave. Each month BLR conducts a nationwide survey to learn about current HR policies and practices throughout the country. On average, more than 1,800 individuals participate in the surveys. The data from each survey is aggregated and then shared with participants and posted on BLR websites.”

How to Support Employees with Cancer
Steve Bates, SHRM

When people learn they have cancer, many thoughts go through their minds: What treatment will I need? Will my insurance cover it? What about my family? Fuentes experienced all of this and more. But she says her colleagues’ missteps threw her for a loop. When you are fighting cancer, “The last thing you want to worry about is [other] people doing their job,” she says.
In addition, she would have liked more than a bureaucratic response to her disease from her employer. “I wanted them to let me know that someone’s paying attention,” she says. “I wanted them to be human beings.”

Employer-sponsored social events: Don’t let liability risks scorch your summer fun
Angela N. Johnson, HR Hero Online

Summertime usually brings warm, sunny days for making fun-filled memories. For employers, it can be a time for company-organized social events, such as picnics, baseball games, or competitive recreational activities. This article identifies ways to minimize any potential liability arising from such activities.

Factors Beyond Coverage Limit Mental Health Care Access
Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News

If you’re one of the nearly 44 million Americans estimated to have a mental health condition, the 2010 health law is supposed to help you get treatment.
Yet actually getting that help depends, new research suggests, on who you are and, to an extent, on your racial background. While more people overall are getting mental health care, it’s still harder to do if you are not white.

The Secrets of Great Teamwork
Martine Haas, Mark Mortensen – Harvard Business Review

Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundamentals for group collaboration.
… The key takeaway for leaders is this: Though teams face an increasingly complicated set of challenges, a relatively small number of factors have an outsized impact on their success. Managers can achieve big returns if they understand what those factors are and focus on getting them right.

The Workplace is Not Immune: Guidance for Employers on the Zika Virus Outbreak
Ashley Kelley, JDSupra Business Advisor

On April 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) jointly issued new guidance aimed at protecting workers from occupational exposure to the Zika virus. The Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus (“Guidance”) is a direct reaction to growing outbreak of the Zika virus in the United States and in South and Central America. The Guidance clearly and unequivocally states that the purpose is to provide “employers and workers with information and guidance on preventing occupational exposure to the Zika virus.”

How Phishing Emails Can Threaten Your Company
Caroline McDonald, Risk Management Monitor

Impostor emails, dubbed “business email compromise” by the FBI, are increasing and targeting companies of every size, in every part of the world. Unfortunately, victims often do not realize they have been had until it’s too late. There are no security tool alarms and there is no ransom note. But because systems appear to be running as normal, everything seems like business as usual.

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