Employment Trends & Challenges for the Year Ahead

A new year means new employment laws, trends, and challenges. Here are some of the important trends we are following as we enter 2024. General Trends Uncertainty With the volatile political climate heading into the 2024 presidential race, inconsistent predictions for the economy, and escalating incidents of violence, employees are facing new challenges at and […]

Out-of-State Employees

Among the many changes to “business as usual” forced upon businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic is the reality of more employees working from home. Whether due to regulatory shutdowns or the requirement to self-quarantine or-isolate due to COVID-19 exposure or symptoms, many businesses have had to create solutions to allow employees to remote work in […]

Preparing for Workplace Re-Entry During COVID-19

To view or print the PDF checklist version click here! As state, local, and municipal governments take steps to re-open businesses across the country, employers must take a fresh look at their physical workspace, their workplace practices, and their communication and training of employees in order to prohibit the spread of the coronavirus and to […]

Managing Employees’ Online Behavior

We have all read stories of someone’s unacceptable or illegal actions going viral and the public using social media to identify that person and where they work and live. While we normally think of social media as a personal pastime, social media can be a valuable resource for business purposes. And, employee behavior on social […]

Mandating COVID Vaccinations

As 2020 drew to a close, we started fielding questions from clients about whether they could require employees to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.  These questions were sparked by the initial roll out of vaccinations for front line health care workers and nursing home residents and the alarming spike of COVID […]

I’m Fine (And Other COVID Lies)

One day this past week, Lisa Ritchie, our VP of Recruiting and Talent Selection, and I were on a video call.  She was having a rough day and needed to vent about something non-work related: managing the virtual schooling of her children due to COVID school closures.   “You know,” she said, “I’m perfectly fine going […]

COVID-19 Pandemic in the Workplace

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and businesses reopen under restrictions which vary by city, county, and state, Affinity HR Group continues to monitor several topics and issues to help our clients through these confusing times. Below are some of the current topics we are seeing. Employer COVID Liability: Employees being in the workplace increases their […]

Cool Ideas to Attract and Engage Employees!

One of the best aspects of my job is that I am asked to speak before audiences of diverse sizes and industries on topics relating to people management. For many years, and to this day, I am asked to speak about how to hire top talent. For quite a while, millennials in the workplace was […]