Yearly Archives: 2021


Recruiting Perks to Attract Younger Workers

Tips to tap into a hidden labor pool. Business owners don’t have enough workers to keep their doors open. There are 10 million job openings but only 8 million workers to fill them, according to the Department of Labor. If you have been listening to the news, you’ve heard about a labor shortage—more jobs than job seekers, more openings than candidates. And while there is an ongoing debate as to the causes contributing to this […]


Relaxed Verification Process for Form I-9 is Extended Through End of 2021

Government extends temporary documentation requirements for new hires.   The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced another extension of the interim documentation process required to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 Form due to COVID-19. These temporary requirements have been extended until December 31, 2021. 


COVID EXPOSURE FAQ

EMPLOYEE COVID EXPOSURE  Employees that develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 should be sent home immediately.  The decision to end home isolation or return to work should be made in consultation with their health care provider or as advised by a local Public Health Department of their county in Oregon or California. Here is a list of links to helpful guidance for your employees.  Oregon Local Public Health Department Directory: Lists local Public Health […]


Relaxed Verification Process for Form I-9 is Extended Through August 2021

Government extends temporary documentation requirements for new hires.   The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced another extension of the interim documentation process required to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 Form due to COVID-19. These temporary requirements have been extended until August 31, 2021.  Why it Matters:  Employers must consider starting to conduct in-person verifications for those who were hired and verified remotely on or after March 20, […]


Employers are now guilty until proven innocent.

Employer Alert – SB 483   Oregon’s Anti-Retaliation Law Now in Effect  What’s New   On June 15, 2021, the Oregon Governor signed SB 483 into law, effective immediately. This bill extends protections for workplace whistleblowers in Oregon, making it easier for workers to claim retaliation if punished or terminated by their employers after making a workplace complaint. The SB483 law says, if an employee makes a complaint about employment matters or safety, and is terminated within […]


Employee Exit Interviews

Want an honest, insider view of your business? Do employee exit interviews!  Why Should I do Employee Exit Interviews in 2021?  It’s a tough job market for employers. Understanding why your employees choose to leave provides insight on how to retain good workers. Performing an exit interview with a departing employee can be a source of unfiltered, insider information that gives you valuable intel about the inner workings of your business. By asking the right […]


Recruiting Tips for a Tough Job Market

Some tips to help you find and keep good workers!  COVID-19 Recruiting—Time to address the elephant in the room! Many employers believe that the extra UI benefits many workers are receiving as a result of the pandemic have drastically reduced the incentive for the unemployed to look for work.  And while this belief may be true, it is not the only reason there is a missing labor force. Many potential workers still have childcare or […]


Time to Unmask? OSHA Answers.

Yesterday the Oregon Health Authority released guidance that employers can allow fully vaccinated employees to work without social distancing or a mask (in most cases). That guidance was contingent on Oregon OSHA changing workplace rules. As expected, Oregon OSHA has released a statement in line with the OHA guidance that employers who choose to verify vaccination status of employees may make these changes to the workplace. All other OR-OSHA requirements on COVID-19 workplace protections remain […]


Time to unmask? That’s a good question.

EMPLOYER ALERT: Mask and Social Distancing Requirements Effective May 18, 2021, the Oregon Health Authority has lifted the mask and social distancing requirements (except for some specific industries and public spaces that have been excluded) for fully vaccinated employees and members of the general public. This new guidance states that, “Individuals in Oregon are no longer required to wear a face mask or physically distance, whether indoors or outdoors, two weeks after their final COVID-19 vaccination […]


Using Social Media to Screen Prospective Employees

What every employer needs to know before you Google that name  Tempted to Google that job applicant’s name? It’s easy, free, and you get immediate results. Whether you can really use those results, well … that’s another story!  Type a person’s name into an online search engine, and you might pull up a video from YouTube, a profile on Facebook, photos, and many other pieces of information that can instantly create a “social resume” for that […]