The Interplay Between State Paid Family and Medical Leave and Federal FMLA

For Massachusetts and Connecticut employers, 2021 is marking the rollout of Paid Family and Medical Leave laws. The laws are by no means identical and are at various stages of implementation. At the present time, Connecticut employers are in the midst of taking payroll deductions out of their Connecticut employee’s pay to the tune of 0.5% …

We’ll Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

Article contributed by Allison Ebner In addition to being a great Beatles song, this phrase also captures one of the most powerful sentiments that people and businesses have experienced, navigating the rough (but improving!) waters of this past year. Personally, I’ve relied so much on my small circle of friends during the pandemic. From zoom …

Stay Competitive in Hiring and Retention Efforts With Credible Data

Article submitted by Barbara Piucci Competitive. Equitable. Defensible. These are the qualities of an important tool for your organization: a formal compensation plan. To develop a plan, or to stay current, you will need current job descriptions, job evaluations, pay grade structures, pay administration guidelines and market pay data to compete in today’s retracting labor …

Position Learning As A Reward For Employees To Encourage A Culture of Learning

Article contributed by Valerie Boudreau Association of Talent Development (td.org) states: Having a learning culture is a hallmark of high-performance organizations. Top companies are almost 5xs more likely than lower performers to have extensive learning cultures. High performers are nearly 2xs more apt to say their learning functions help meet organizational business goals. A learning culture promotes a constant …

How To Build A Staffing Strategy That Works

Article contributed by Meredith Wise I know that many of you reading this are still very busy putting out the myriad of fires we are all fighting.  As hard as it is though, it’s time to break away from the fires and look to the future.  Pressure is building around diversity initiatives, quickly planned retirements, …

Workforce Skill Development in 2021

Article contributed by John Henderson Udemy recently released its 2021 report on Learning & Development for organizations and listed the top three reasons an organization needs to focus on learning this year: A learning culture is critical for keeping up with workplace transformation.A learning culture can help close skill gaps. A learning culture fuels innovation. …

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Compensation Strategies For Hybrid Positions

Article contributed by Patti D’Amaddio Job design continues to be impacted by many factors, employee desire for job enrichment, organizational initiatives to cross-train staff, the need to do more with fewer staff members, or the inability to identify the talent need to fill open positions, to name a few. No matter what the reason, we …

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Critical Impact | The Loss of Women In The Workforce

Article contributed by Allison Ebner The ‘She-cession’ is REAL…And it matters for all of us. As the pandemic began last March, a disturbing trend quickly emerged. With lockdowns, restrictions and our region’s schools moving to full remote learning, women were dealt a devasting blow. As single mothers and the lower wage earners in their family …

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Making Diversity, Equity, Inclusion a Priority in a COVID-19 World

Article contributed by Ellen McKitterick It’s no secret that many companies have had to make difficult decisions over the past year. The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic forced many organizations to cut back through furloughs and layoffs, reduced salaries and benefits, and cuts to ancillary employee engagement programs, to name a few cost-saving measures. …

Foundations of an Organizational COVID Vaccine Communication Plan

Your employees are talking about the vaccine. They’re talking about who wants it and who doesn’t, they’re sharing stories they’ve heard on the news and through the grapevine. They’re sharing information and making decisions with the data that they’ve got access to. Employers who are committed to maintaining safe workplaces, have an obligation to be …