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Weekend Roundup: Worker Safety, DOL New Guidance, 20 Percent Rule

In today’s Weekend Roundup, President Biden issued an executive order calling for increased worker protections against the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. The U.S. Department of Labor issued new guidance from the Wage and Hour Division on posting notice requirements for employees when they are working remotely. Lastly, a few free hours a week can make big difference in employees’ motivation and self-fulfillment. Click the headlines below to learn more.

President Issues Executive Order on Increased Worker Safety During Pandemic

President Joe Biden issued an executive order January 21 calling for increased protection of the safety and health of workers from COVID-19. The order requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to consider whether any emergency temporary standards on COVID-19, such as masks, are necessary. We’ve gathered articles on this news from SHRM Online and other trusted sources.

DOL Issues New Guidance on Posting Notices for Remote, Hybrid Workplaces

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently provided guidance from the Wage and Hour Division on complying with its notice and posting requirements when employees are working remotely.

“A remote workforce poses a challenge for employers that must display certain notices and posters in their workplaces to advise employees of their rights under federal, state and local employment laws,” said Susan Gross Sholinsky, an attorney in the New York City office of Epstein Becker Green. “In response to this widespread shift to remote work, the DOL bulletin clarifies how employers may comply with federal notice and posting requirements in a remote environment.”

Why a Free Afternoon Each Week Can Boost Employees’ Sense of Autonomy

Companies have tried to motivate employees by giving them “autonomy” as a benefit, with Google being the most famous example. Since 2004, Google has tapped autonomy as a driver with its “20 percent time,” wherein Google engineers get to spend 20 percent of their time pursuing projects of their own creation, ones that align with their own core passion and purpose.

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