July 22, 2021
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The HR Agenda
HHS extends COVID-19 public health emergency
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The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency for an additional 90 days, which allows the federal government to issue emergency-use authorizations for vaccines, tap funds to address the pandemic and take other actions. The emergency declaration has been in place in the US since late January 2020.
Full Story: CNN (7/20) 
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Under regulations set by the Securities and Exchange Commission, companies must disclose human capital metrics, although companies appear to have leeway into the specifics and focuses of such data. Companies are advised to document how and where they discovered such data so that the process can be repeated.
Full Story: Human Resource Executive (7/19) 
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Golf Events Are Good for Your Brand & Business
Businesses have a lot to gain from a golf outing. From engaging with employees, clients, and the community to raising brand awareness and funds for a favorite nonprofit or cause, the golf outing is truly like no other event! Find out how a well-managed golf event can benefit your brand and business.
Driving Business
Employers need more people with new skill sets, which gives HR an opportunity to create talent-focused strategies that improve recruiting, customize learning and take advantage of apprenticeships and partnerships, writes Deborah Waddill, president of Restek Consulting.
Full Story: Society for Human Resource Management (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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Step inside the HR Studio and get inspired
Today, HR leaders must be creative problem solvers, but new ideas don't pop up out of nowhere. Break routine and immerse yourself in diverse perspectives at the HR Studio, a one-day event where people professionals can connect and develop new strategies for the workplace. Launching fall 2021. Discover UKG.
The Future of Work
Service Direct gives every other Friday off, a policy that has improved employees' work-life balance, reduced burnout and helped people plan their workweek better, says CEO Brian Abernethy. "Critical to the success of the program is making sure everyone -- especially leadership -- follows the new schedule," Abernethy says.
Full Story: Society for Human Resource Management (tiered subscription model) (7/21) 
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Developing Leaders and Organizations
Most employees want the flexibility to work from home after the pandemic, according to an Ipsos survey of employees around the world. The survey found that 64% of respondents believe flexibility helps them be more productive and that one-third say they have burnout.
Full Story: World Economic Forum (7/21) 
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Align the workplace culture with diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by considering how decisions affect the culture, having leaders serve as positive role models and addressing behaviors that violate company values, writes Reed Deshler, principal at Alignorg Solutions. "Long-term success requires moving DEI initiatives beyond the purview of human resources to the boardroom and the front line," Deshler writes.
Full Story: Newsweek (tiered subscription model) (7/21) 
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Leading a diverse team requires strong listening skills, understanding and honoring people's varied experiences and recognizing their contributions, writes Startup Professionals CEO Martin Zwilling, citing a book by Kelly McDonald. "With a diverse team, it's especially important to keep all communication professional and business-oriented," Zwilling writes.
Full Story: Inc. (tiered subscription model) (7/21) 
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writer, professor of biochemistry
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