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As workplaces start to slowly reopen from the unprecedented global shutdown of early 2020, COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to rise. Until there is a safe and effective, widely distributed vaccine, employers and workers will need to take extreme precautions to protect against this highly contagious disease. United States federal guidance has been confusing and… Read more »

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The Fair Work Week Act takes effect on July 1, 2020. It provides a sort of “Bill of Rights” for Chicago employees in seven covered industries: Building Services, Healthcare, Hotels, Manufacturing, Restaurants, Retail, and Warehouse Services. Here is what you need to know as an employer in Chicago.   Who’s Covered? The Fair Work Week… Read more »

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Many employers dread the process of hiring and onboarding new team members. It can feel incredibly inefficient, and it ties up time and resources that could be spent in other areas. With modern technology, though, you can automate most of the process, allowing you to focus on the things that automation can’t do, such as… Read more »

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Everyone goes through a slump at work, but how do you know whether to push through or to move on? If you’re in a clearly toxic environment, your answer is obvious. Many times, though, there is nothing “wrong” exactly, your job is just no longer the right fit. Here are a few ways to tell… Read more »

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  A workplace is ultimately a collection of human beings, each with their own thoughts, values, and point of view. Though it’s important to remain as professional as possible, conflict is inevitable. Making an action plan to address it when it occurs can help you remain focused on your work and keep you from saying… Read more »

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No employer wants to see a worker get hurt, but workplace accidents do occasionally happen. A strong action plan is the best way to minimize the risk of injuries and to handle them when they occur. Here are some top steps to take in the wake of a workplace incident:   1. Prioritize Safety Everyone… Read more »

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The safety and overall health & well-being of our employees is a top priority for Alternative Staffing, Inc. at all times. With the first positive cases of the Coronavirus disease (also known as COVID-19) being diagnosed in Illinois and the increasing possibility of person-to-person transmission of this respiratory illness in our area, we would like… Read more »

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Job interviews can be scary. The pressure is on to make a good impression, as well as to determine whether the position is actually the right fit. Fortunately, a bit of preparation can go a long way toward helping you nail your next telephone or in person interview.   Phone Interview In some ways, a… Read more »

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On January 1, 2020, recreational marijuana became legal in Illinois. Specifically, adults over the age of 21 are allowed to purchase, possess and consume up to 30 grams of cannabis or related products (Illinois residents) or 15 grams (non-residents) from licensed dispensaries. There are still quite a few restrictions on its use, including a prohibition… Read more »