How employers can support employees whose children have to do remote learning

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — London Lewis’s first-grade teacher in Birmingham City Schools starts the day with a little exercise for her students.

“We’re going to get up and do a little moving to get oxygen to our brain,” the teacher’s voice echoes through the computer speaker.

London Barber participates in a dance break during virtual learning (WIAT Photo)
London Barber participates in a dance break during virtual learning (WIAT Photo)

On cue, 6-year-old London stands up from the chair she has been sitting in at her grandmother’s dining room table, pushes it back and starts swinging her arms to the music.

A video has now replaced the teacher on the computer screen.

As London sways to the fast-paced song with a techno beat, a male voice sings these lyrics to the tune:

The alphabet is filled

with consonants and vowels.

We write them.

We read them.

Each letter makes a sound.

While we start with A-B-C,

 we go all the way to

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House Dems Tell DOL Employers’ Health Plans Skirt ERISA

Law360 (October 8, 2020, 6:12 PM EDT) — Two Democratic House leaders are urging the U.S. Department of Labor to take a close look at whether employers are violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by offering workers shoddy health benefit plans that are subject to less regulation under the law.

House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., along with Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chair Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., warned in their letter Wednesday that employers are increasingly using hospital insurance products meant to replace income during hospitalization or illness in place of traditional health coverage plans.

“Evidence strongly suggests that these arrangements may…

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Chesapeake employer’s solution for parents during virtual learning: Bring the kids to work

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Nine-year-old twins Austen and Aiyden have adjusted to third grade COVID-19 style.

So far, the Ghent Elementary students have had perfect scores. But the twins are not learning in the typical remote class environment, the kitchen table or a family home office. They are in virtual school at the Battlefield Business Park where their mother is employed at Family Medical Supply.

Mom April Rouse with twins Aiyden (left) and Austen (right) and Michelle Davies (Photo courtesy: Rouse family)

“It’s really easier in the morning when we are up and getting ready because we all have one spot to go. We’re up and getting ready and it’s like ‘Guys OK, let’s go to work,’” said their mother April Rouse.

The school-at-work model was developed by company owner Michelle Davies who lost two other employees when they quit due to child care issues. Rather than lose another trusted

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Now is the time for employers to educate themselves on how AI can benefit HR

Industry analysts say employers are increasingly exploring artificial intelligence (AI) as a means of solving their human resources challenges. Are those who haven’t yet embraced AI about to be left behind?

Not really. A host of challenges — from a general lack of consensus about what “AI” even means to systems integrations issues — have slowed industry adoption of true AI solutions. But the landscape is fast evolving, so now is the time for employers to educate themselves on what AI means and how it can benefit the HR function.

What does AI really mean?

Most people, including HR practitioners, have a hard time defining AI. The term refers to a wide range of solutions that incorporate human intelligence into machines or computer systems, usually for the purpose of performing tasks like problem-solving, decision-making and predicting the future with greater accuracy or efficiency.

Systems can be automated without the use

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Strategic Education, Inc. and Noodle Partners Unite to Provide Employers with Access to a Variety of Education and Upskilling Programs from the Nation’s Leading Universities

HERNDON, Va. & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Strategic Education, Inc. (Strategic Education) (NASDAQ: STRA), the parent company of Strayer and Capella Universities, and Noodle Partners, which helps a growing network of colleges and universities use technology and shared services to lower costs while raising capacity and faculty-to-student engagement, announced today that they will join forces to provide employers with a seamless approach to administering tuition assistance benefits. The partnership is designed to ensure the effectiveness of such benefits and to give covered employees access to affordable, relevant education options from top public and private schools.

Using WorkforceEdge, a complete employee education management platform, employees can connect to a wide variety of online undergraduate and graduate programs in Noodle’s network of top public and private universities, and the affordable programs within Strategic Education’s portfolio, including Strayer University and Capella University. WorkforceEdge also serves as the portal for employers to administer and

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