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Home Furnishings Association
Healthcare benefits can attract new hires

More than ever, healthcare benefits are top of mind for those looking for employment, and with furniture stores finding it more and more challenging to attract job applicants, wouldn’t it be nice to have good healthcare benefits to attract new hires? Recently, more than a dozen states announced they plan

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Doug Clark
HFA panelists see strong sales as Wessel expects slow recovery

Noted economist David Wessel, speaking on a Home Furnishings Association Covid-19 Webinar July 2, forecast a slow recovery – but fellow panelists appeared to surprise him with reports of strong furniture sales now. “I think the industry as a whole, not just furnishings but the whole home category, has come

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Robert Bell
Retailers ready for a possible second round of closings

After three months of forced closings, furniture stores are up and running again — and doing a brisk business, too. But there’s no guarantee how long that boost will last as health experts warn a second wave of novel coronavirus is inevitable in the coming months. If stores are forced

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Doug Clark
Was your employee’s COVID-19 case work-related?

When an employee at a Schewels Home store tested positive for COVID-19 several weeks ago, Director of Store Operations Matt Schewel knew a strong response was required. But what? “There hadn’t been much of a roadmap for what we’re supposed to do if there is a case,” Schewel said. “So

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Robert Bell
Retailers need to form a plan, be flexible when bringing employees back

Furniture retailers might be eager to return to work, but their employees might not share that enthusiasm. In Thursday’s Home Furnishings Association live COVID-19 Webinar, “Getting Your Employees Back to Work,” a pair of human resources experts said store owners need to be open-minded and flexible when inviting employees back

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Doug Clark
Paid sick leave, family leave law takes effect

Many furniture retailers and other businesses must provide their employees with paid sick leave and family leave under some circumstances, according to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The new law, which takes effect April 1, covers businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees can

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