The pandemic has forever changed the role of human resource professionals.
Gone are the days when Human Resources just meant happy hours, policy violations, employee relations, benefits, and recruiting. With COVID-19 came a wave of change that many are still trying to wrap their heads around, but no one is feeling the weight of that change more than HR managers. With workplaces and offices across the United States reopening their doors, HR managers have emerged as another frontline in the fight against COVID-19.
In a Sept. 15 letter to the DOL, the SHRM highlighted many of the challenges and frustrations that confront HR professionals as they comply with the federal FMLA.
“SHRM supports the spirit and intent of the FMLA, and our members are committed to ensuring employees receive the benefits and job security afforded by the act,” wrote Emily M. Dickens, SHRM’s corporate secretary, chief of staff and head of Government Affairs.
Trying to predict when things will return to normal is nearly impossible given the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, yet employers in a new ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey are throwing caution to the wind and revealing when they believe they’ll be back to pre-pandemic hiring levels.
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