In our most recent HR News Roundup, we feature news on legal compliance, a series on Millennials reaching middle age, leadership skills, the pandemic, and more.  Plus, a few items from the lighter side.

6 Burning COVID-19-Related Legal Questions for 2021SHRM

Experts answer pressing coronavirus questions that will impact the workplace in the year ahead. Thanks to multiple vaccines, the coronavirus pandemic should be on the wane later this year. COVID-19 may eventually go away, but the challenges it has created and will continue to create for employers won’t. Managing a workforce in these troubling times will remain difficult. HR Magazine assembled a group of five attorneys to answer pressing COVID-19-related questions that will impact the workplace in the year ahead.

The top 11 things you need to know about being sued by an (ex) employee – Jon Hyman, employment law author and blogger

Do you know what to do when an employee sues your company? Here are the top 4 issues you to think about ASAYS (as soon as you’re sued) … And while I’m making lists, here are the top 7 unexpected things you should expect from any piece of employment litigation.

Middle-Aged Millennials– CNBC

As millennials begin to turn 40 in 2021, CNBC Make It has launched Middle-Aged Millennials, a series exploring how the oldest members of this generation have grown into adulthood amidst the backdrop of the Great Recession and the Covid-19 pandemic, student loans, stagnant wages and rising costs of living.

Why companies need ‘right-brain leadership’, Josh Bersin, Human Resource Executive

The pandemic and its aftermath have highlighted the need for leaders who are empathetic, inclusive and highly flexible. The old style of management, with its at-all-costs focus on the bottom line isn’t working in this new world of work. Leaders today must embrace new management principles and demonstrate the ability to think creatively, to consider the wellbeing of their teams and to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the actual work.

Many US employers facilitating coronavirus vaccines, says survey – Lisa Burden, HR Dive

Many employers have chosen to offer employees incentives to get vaccinated. The incentives range from direct payments to extra time off to get the shot or recover from side effects. Chobani, for example, offered workers up to six hours’ paid time off to get the shot while Kroger provided a $100 cash payment to its workers who got vaccinated.

How the best leaders can acknowledge the other pandemic: Loneliness– S. Mitra Kalita, Fortune

As companies prepare for the logistics of returning to work, the mental-health crisis of their employees looms large. Surveys show anxiety and stress affect productivity and retention; TELUS International says 80% of workers would consider leaving their current employer for one that focuses more heavily on mental health.


HR News Quick Takes

From the Lighter side …

Every job has its hazards. Jelena Woehr is a writer, editor, creative, educator, and multi-talented businesswoman residing in Los Angeles. While her work may sound safe, in the course of it, she’s been bitten by a lot of animals. She recounts and rates 20 various animal bites in a thread on Twitter.

Web pioneer and author Kevin Kelly runs a popular site called Cool Tools in which he recommends books, gadgets, software, videos, maps, hardware, materials, or websites that he’s tried and found useful. His entire site is great, but we particularly enjoy his weekly feature What’s in My Bag / What’s in My Desk, where people show tools they carry around or use on a daily basis.

Need to unwind on your lunch hour or after work? You can’t do better than, the world’s leading philanthropic live nature cam network and documentary film channel. Even if it’s nighttime where you are, there are live cameras recording nature somewhere in the world: Gorillas, bald eagle nests, grizzly bears fishing, farms, puppy and cat cams and more.

We’ve all had one of these days. (Twitter)

Ever wonder how a famous company got its name? Here’s an interesting Wikipedia list of company name etymologies.



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