PTO and poll working: Here’s what Election Day looks like for these tech employers

This election year has been unlike any other in American history.

With an ongoing pandemic, and while millions of people still work and attend school from home, options like mail-in voting, early voting and one-stop voting centers have popped up across the region. Election Day will likely be more like Election Week, New York Times’ opinion writer-at-large covering technology Charlie Warzel told us during a keynote at Technical.ly’s Developers Conference last week.

And similarly to how companies have had to figure out how to address these and other “big issues” this year, many have chosen to make voting and Election Day a part of their company’s policy.

Power Home Remodeling, which previously offered two hours of flex time to go vote on Election Day, this year rolled out a companywide campaign called “Power the Vote” in an effort to educate employees and encourage them to vote. The campaign also

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‘Take home’ lawsuits over COVID infections could be costly for U.S. employers

By Tom Hals



a group of people in a field: FILE PHOTO: American flags representing 200,000 lives lost due to coronavirus are placed on National Mall in Washington


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FILE PHOTO: American flags representing 200,000 lives lost due to coronavirus are placed on National Mall in Washington

(Reuters) – U.S. businesses with COVID-19 outbreaks are facing an emerging legal threat from claims that workers brought coronavirus home and infected relatives, which one risk analysis firm said could cost employers billions of dollars.

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The daughter of Esperanza Ugalde of Illinois filed in August what lawyers believe is the first wrongful death “take home” lawsuit, alleging her mother died of COVID-19 that her father contracted at Aurora Packing Co’s meat processing plant.

    The cases borrow elements from “take home” asbestos litigation and avoid caps on liability for workplace injuries, exposing business to costly pain and suffering damages, even though the plaintiff never set foot on their premises.

“Businesses should be very concerned about these cases,” said labor and employment attorney Tom Gies of

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Dealing with childcare while working at home? How employers will help

As employee benefits enrollment season rolls in, companies are weighing new ways to accommodate working parents.

About 4 out of 10 large companies polled by benefits consultancy Willis Towers Watson said they believe the programs they currently have in place do an effective job of supporting these employees.

The firm surveyed 553 U.S. employers, most of whom have at least 1,000 employees, on the week of Sept. 7.

“The reality is that employers have looked at a variety of tactics, considering the pandemic and closed schools,” said Rachael McCann, senior director of health and benefits at Willis Towers Watson.

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“In terms of back-up care, we’re still seeing that only 30% of employers have something in

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Spain’s Home-Working Draft Bill to Make Employers Pay for Expenses | Investing News

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government has agreed with unions and business leaders that employers must cover home working expenses after the coronavirus pandemic caused millions to work from their living rooms, Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias said on Tuesday.

“It was fundamental to regulate remote working to protect the rights of workers,” Iglesias said in an interview with state-owned TV channel TVE.

Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz had told him about the agreement late on Monday, he said.

Under the government’s draft proposal seen by Reuters, companies would have to bankroll all expenses employees may have when working from home, including computer equipment and furniture, while employees can ask for flexible working hours.

The benefits would only apply to employees who stay home for at least 30% of their work schedule, and employers will have the right to monitor workers’ online presence while respecting dignity and privacy, and to ask

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