North Dakota News & Analysis

  • Safety tips to reopen business, get back to normal

    Across the country, states are beginning to reopen from lockdowns imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like the shutdowns themselves, the reopenings will vary from state to state in terms of timing and scope. Regardless, businesses should begin to plan for how the inevitable reopenings will affect their workforces. Here are some safety concerns you should consider during the process.

  • EEOC offers guidance on accommodations during, after pandemic

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released new guidance for employers, focusing on accommodating employees, either now or upon their eventual return from sheltering at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Interestingly, the EEOC acknowledges more than once that current circumstances may make it more difficult to offer long-term accommodations. In addition, what might have been a reasonable request before the pandemic may no longer be one now. Nevertheless, the agency suggests short-term accommodations might be available without undue hardship on your business and that you should consider them.

  • Making PTO payouts in uncertain times

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created much uncertainty in the employment sector. One issue employers are facing is how to handle paid time off (PTO) payouts.

  • Employers face legal, practical challenges when employees return to workplace

    As employers begin calling back employees after the COVID-19 slowdown, they're confronting a host of legal and practical challenges. Here are some tips to make a successful reentry.

  • OSHA issues new guidance on recording COVID-19 in workplace

    COVID-19 can be a recordable illness under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) if a worker becomes infected as a result of performing work-related duties. In areas with a higher degree of community transmission, however, the infection's source can be difficult to discern.

  • How CARES Act will affect your employee health and retirement plans

    In an effort to support American workers, Congress passed the new federally funded Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Here's what employers need to know about how this will affect their health and retirement plans.

  • Appeals court rules on drug testing under Iowa law

    It's no surprise to any Iowa employer that the state has one of the most complex drug testing statutes in the country. Iowa Code § 730.5 places the burden specifically on the employer to show strict compliance and can be complicated to navigate with its myriad of notice and policy provisions. The Iowa Court of Appeals issued two recent decisions relating to the Iowa drug testing statute that employers will want to pay attention to.

  • Prehire isn't the only record check you need for healthcare workers

    Prospective employees at healthcare facilities are subject to a significant number of record checks as part of the postoffer and preemployment procedures, but that isn't the end of the process. Ongoing checks are necessary.

  • Despite COVID-19 layoffs, some employers find ways to ease the blow

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused employers to shed workers in unprecedented numbers. When businesses closed or drastically cut services, millions of workers lost paychecks. But some employers have taken steps to protect workers still on the job and provide relief for others on reduced schedules or out of work altogether.

  • Cybersecurity takes on even more importance during pandemic

    As COVID spring turns to COVID summer, many employees are growing accustomed to working from home. Thank goodness the technology exists to work remotely, but it's not as simple as just making sure employees have access to a computer and Internet connection at home. Cybersecurity must be a priority as well. The office is likely a more secure environment than an employee's home, so it's crucial employees know how to work safely in the new business "normal."