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Pregnancy Discrimination Protections, COVID Creates New Considerations, and Vaccine Mandates May Increase

In today’s Weekend Roundup, discover more on pregnancy discrimination protections benefiting employers, COVID creating new ethical considerations, employer vaccine mandates may increase, and how COVID-19 will transform HR’s role. Click the headlines below to learn more!

Stronger Pregnancy Discrimination Protections May Benefit Employers, Too

Firing a pregnant employee simply for being pregnant isn’t just discriminatory and illegal, it is arguably also short-sighted according to research from University of Massachusetts, Amherst researchers Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Carly McCann. In their 2021 workplace pregnancy discrimination report, the researchers note that solid policies against pregnancy discrimination can be beneficial for both employers and employees. 

How COVID Has Created New Ethical Considerations for HR

Your workplace culture may pride itself on transparency, trust and integrity. But this negotiation is an arm’s length process with someone you do not know well who is not yet part of your culture. What to do?

Post-pandemic talent markets are bringing a host of negotiation challenges like these to HR executives. Surveys suggest as many as 40 percent of workers are actively seeking better pay and more flexible work-from-home policies. In such an environment, you can expect some bluffs about “other offers.”

Will Employer Vaccine Mandates Pick up With Emerging Delta Variant?

Several months have passed since the COVID-19 vaccines became widely available in the U.S. And while employers have been encouraging the vaccines to their employees in a number of ways—from offering incentives and paid time off to providing education on the merits of inoculation—vaccine rates have waned and now nearly stalled with less than 50 percent of Americans being fully vaccinated.

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