The Connector: Edition 20

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June is Pride Month! Since the first protests with the Stonewall riots in New York City in 1969, this movement against hate crimes and the freedom of sexual orientation and gender has grown. Companies are promoting inclusion and appreciation in the workplace for the LGBTQ+ community. Here are some ideas for celebrating Pride Month in your workplace! What are you doing to celebrate this month?


We are teaming up with our friends at the Capstone Group and Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC for Stay Compliant! The Hybrid Workforce: What You Need To Know. Covid-19 vaccination in the workplace, returning to work safely, ARPA and FMLA refreshers, and more will be covered in this free 30-minute webinar on Thursday, June 17th, 2:00-2:30 PM EST. Can't attend but interested in the content? Register and you will receive a recording! Register here for our Compliance Webinar.


Please join us for the next Ask HR Office Hours tomorrow, June 10th from 3:00-4:00 PM EST. This live Q&A is a great option for those of you who want to connect with our HR experts. Jump on anytime to ask your burning HR questions or hear what others are asking. Register here!

We will have one more session on June 24th as we take a break for summer. Join to get your questions in!


1. No More Worrying About The "Ick"

We are so happy for our friends at ThePureBag, whose innovative product was exactly what we needed during the pandemic. The healthcare-grade antimicrobial fabric inhibits germs including bacteria, fungus, mold, and mildew. Whether traveling, working, or engaging in everyday activities, ThePureBag offers unique solutions to stow and store your essentials for safe-keeping while on the move! The bags are PERFECT to minimize the germy "ick" factor...and are now available at Nordstrom! Read all the benefits of ThePureBag here!


2. Moving In The Right Direction... Right?

The unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent from 6.1 percent in April. Although we still have a long way to go, numbers are making their way to look like they did pre-pandemic. This SHRM article gathers economists to discuss their feelings towards the hiring and job trends we are facing. "It's hard to hate this report, but it's also hard to love it," said Nick Bunker, an economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab. It seems this is the mentality of a lot of economists. Read about all the trends of hiring here!


3. Get The Latest On The EEOC's Updated Guidance

Lexology summarized the EEOC's guidance that they released on May 28th. This is the first guidance that has been released since December 2020. The update covers issues related to mandatory vaccine policies, employer-provided vaccine incentives, confidentiality, and accommodating workers who may be unable or unwilling to obtain a vaccination for certain reasons. To learn about all the updates, click here!


4. Sea Isle City STOMPS Cancer Hosted By Bringing Hope Home

Our friends at Bringing Hope Home are hosting their 7th Annual Sea Isle City STOMPS Cancer Social Distance 5K & Family Walk and Virtual 5K & Family Walk starting on June 26th. The in-person event is on Saturday, June 26th and the virtual event will be open for a week from June 26th-July 4th. You can participate in the virtual event at any location that is convenient and safe for you! Join the fun and get active with your whole family in this great event to bring Unexpected Amazingness to local families. Need a running or walking buddy?! JOIN OUR TEAM: TOCGRP Team 🏃


5. Update On I-9 Forms

The interim policy to allow employers to view I-9 forms virtually has been expanded until August 31st. However, the normal timeline of when the document has to be completed is still in place. Companies can still virtually review even if some of their employees are coming into the office. Check out the whole SHRM article here!


6. Are You Ready For The July 1st Employment Law Changes?

XpertHR released an article that describes the changes that will be taking place on July 1st. Minimum wage, discrimination, leave, and marijuana laws are at the top of the list. Make sure you check out this article and familiarize yourself with the upcoming changes so you are aware of how they will affect your organization! Read the full XpertHR article here.


7. Let's Go Local...

Farmers markets are back in Montgomery County, and this guide helps you locate the closest one to you! Local farmers and artisan food producers will be gathering to give you the freshest ingredients around!

Merzbachers is our favorite spot to get the most delicious and fresh bread. On Fridays and Saturdays, they even offer tasty pizzas for pick up! We are so lucky we found this gem in Germantown so we had to share it with you! Check them out!

June in Philly: Juneteenth, flower shows, rooftop bars, and so much more! Visit Philadelphia put together a great list of events that are happening in the month of June! Check it out here, and plan an unforgettable summer!


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