Post Pandemic Job Description Review

Job descriptions affect multiple aspects of employment. An effective job description should accurately reflect the essential duties and responsibilities of an employee’s position. For many employees, job duties have fluctuated as a result of the pandemic. Employees have cross-trained and absorbed additional duties when co-workers were out of the office due to quarantine or other COVID related reasons. It is important and necessary for employers to review job descriptions and update criteria where necessary.

Accurate job descriptions are instrumental for recruitment, Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) administration, American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) interactive process facilitation, annual performance evaluations, and Department of Labor Audits.

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New W-4 for 2020

The IRS updated the Form W-4 with significant revisions designed to make accurate income-tax withholding easier for employees in 2020. For your convenience, we have attached the new Form W-4. Additionally, to help employers navigate this change, we have compiled a list of the top five (5) changes employers should know about the new 2020 Form W-4:

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Form I-9 Update

On January 31, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released the revised Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”). Until the release of the revised form, employers were required to continue to use the previous form, which expired on August 31, 2019. Although the revised Form I-9 is now in effect, USCIS has permitted employers to continue using the prior version of the form until April 30, 2020 in order to provide additional time to make the necessary updates and adjust their business processes.  HR Partners recommends using the January 31, 2020 form as early as possible. However, if an employer chooses to utilize the April 30, 2020 extension and continue to use the previous form, employers should consider attaching a memorandum to the expired Form I-9s noting the USCIS directive.

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Beginner’s Guide to Inclusion in the Workplace

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, suggested, “Diversity—just diversity—doesn't work. You can hire the most multicultural, multigenerational workforce imaginable. But left alone, their differences are going to cause more problems than they solve.” Merriam-Webster defines “inclusion” as the state of being included. Inclusion, in human resources professionals’ minds, means being invited to the "right" meetings at work, feeling included with team activities, and having a development pathway and access to tools and opportunities. It's also making sure people are not being treated differently at work due to their appearance, beliefs or background.

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Top Five Tips for Celebrating Halloween at Work

Halloween can be an opportunity to create positive employee engagement and morale outside of the normal day-to day operations. If your company allows Halloween costumes at work, follow our “Top Five Tips” to set appropriate guidelines and reduce potential risks:

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Janelle Brazington

Director of Operations & Finance

Kansas Action for Children

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