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From the desk of Elizabeth Moon...

April 2021

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An employer's guide to COVID-19 for employees: Can employers mandate it?


Employers and business leaders must decide how to handle COVID-19 vaccinations for employees. It’s a hot-button issue that’s complicated by an array of factors. And, as with so many issues businesses have faced during the pandemic, there are no easy answers.

There are several general points worth contemplating when considering your company’s best course of action.

In this article, we will:

  • Provide links to federal guidelines on the topic
  • Consider possible pros and cons of requiring vaccines for employees
  • Outline four common approaches
  • Explore exceptions employees may seek to vaccination mandates
  • Identify five potential legal issues related to the topic

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November 2020

What is a PEO – and how can it help your business?

This is a complete guide to professional employer organizations (PEOs). 

In this guide you’ll learn everything there is to know about PEOs – companies that can work with your organization to provide comprehensive and affordable payroll, benefits and human resource services through a business-to-business relationship called “co-employment.”

We’ll cover:

  • What is a PEO?

  • Why businesses use PEO services

  • How PEOs operate

  • What it means to be a certified PEO

If you want to learn what a PEO is and whether it’s a good option for managing your company’s human resources (HR), this guide is for you. Keep reading here:

August 2020

Everyone likes to be recognized for their efforts – whether it’s a very public kudos or a hand-written note discreetly mailed to their home. In fact, employee recognition is considered one of the top ways to motivate people to do their best work and increase productivity.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management ,79 percent of employees say recognition makes them work harder and 78 percent say recognition makes them more productive and better equipped to handle change.

In today’s business world where more and more companies are shifting to a remote workforce and spending less time interacting face-to-face, finding new ways to reward your employees is more important than ever.

Here are 10 ideas to reward your remote employees and help them stay motivated to do their best work yet.

June 2020

Developing a mindset of resilience during changes and crises

When your organization goes through unstable or challenging times, it’s critical that everyone on your team adopt a mindset of resilience.

A mindset of resilience is:

The capacity to continue to develop despite disruption – for example, being able to adapt to changing circumstances, incorporate new behaviors and follow new processes

The ability to let go of what makes you comfortable

A tolerance for ambiguity

May 2020

How to build a successful work-from-home program: 4 steps

Say your best talent is out of commuting range. Or, a new parent wants to work from home for a couple of years. Or, maybe teleworking was thrust upon your company during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, more than ever before, it’s important for business leaders to understand how to setup a successful remote work program. It requires deliberation, planning and, likely, some investment in technology.

Here’s what you need to know to build a successful work-from-home program.

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Small Business News

Small Businesses are Selected to Build-to-Print Cable Assemblies

Ace Electronics Defense Systems,* Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (N0016422DJN07); R2C LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama (N0016422DJN08); Disan Engineering Corp.,* Nowata, Oklahoma (N0016422DJN09); Valor Defense Solutions Inc.,* Odon, Indiana (N0016422DJN10); American Computer Development Inc.,* Frederick, Maryland (N0016422DJN11); and Integrity Defense Services Inc.,* Springville, Indiana (N0016422DJN12), are awarded a combined $11,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-deli

Atlas Executive Consulting Will Examine Business Analytics for NIWC Atlantic

Atlas Executive Consulting LLC,* North Charleston, South Carolina, is awarded a $218,710,624 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N6523622D8006) with provisions for cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task/delivery orders.

Naval Air Warfare Center Selected Lone Star Analysis for Modeling and Simulation Effort

Lone Star Analysis,* Addison, Texas, is awarded a $22,040,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price modification (P00003) to a previously awarded, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N0042121D0037).

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AFCEA Small Business Events

11/29/2021 - 12/02/2021
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, San Diego, CA

For more than 35 years the MILCOM conference has served as the pre-eminent forum for sharing research related to the unique challenges of military communications. The contributions from and collaborations across academia, industry, and government have been a hallmark of the conferences since its inception. IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) and AFCEA International (AFCEA) are proud to jointly sponsor this conference and remain strongly committed to the event due to the increasing criticality of communications and networking to future military operations.

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by REDCOM: Zero Trust Architectures for the Tactical Edge
11/30/2021 - 11/30/2021

Discuss the state of Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) today along with some of the challenges in bringing this technology to the edge and learn REDCOM's answer to this problem - a seamless, lightweight, easy-to-deploy authentication solution built from the bottom-up to meet the needs of users in the tactical domain.

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by Spirent: Complement Your Mission-Critical Cybersecurity Strategy with Proactive Assessments and Automation
12/02/2021 - 12/02/2021

Learn how a proactive cyber threat assessment and sound cybersecurity strategy help assess if your security investments work as intended, now and tomorrow.

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by PESA: Beyond Stovepipes: Video Distribution for Today's Missions
12/02/2021 - 12/02/2021

Don't get left behind as VDS evolves. Learn how current systems leave you exposed while obstructing your access to improved multi-domain workflows and enhanced situational awareness,pinpoint where your current VDS solution is weak or at risk, and discover best practices for securing your VDS from dangers.

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by Viasat: Partnering Industry Cyber Services with Government Threat Intelligence
12/07/2021 - 12/07/2021

Learn how to operationalize exclusive high value classified intelligence to detect and provide actionable early warning against sophisticated cyber-attacks and nation state sponsored attacks in unclassified networks using threat intelligence provided through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Enhanced Cybersecurity Services (ECS) Program.

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by Collaboard: Innovation Lab for Defense and Industry Partners
12/08/2021 - 12/08/2021

To drive innovation, teams must-have digital tools to support hybrid collaboration and creative processes. IBM Defense Garage will show how they innovate with its government and defense customers in a post-pandemic scenario.

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by Zscaler: Cloud-native vs. Cloud-resident Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)
12/09/2021 - 12/09/2021

Uncover the key differences between cloud-native and cloud-resident solutions, as well as the benefits of leveraging a cloud-native solution.

AFCEA Small Business Webinar: Federal Contractor Compliance with COVID 19 Protocols: Crucial Concepts and Considerations
12/13/2021 - 12/13/2021
online, Web

The new COVID 19 Safety Protocols and related Task Force Guidance are among the most impactful government contracting developments of the year. In this webinar, experienced government contracts attorney Maria Panichelli will walk you through compliance requirements, including who and what contracts are covered, and what contractors need to comply in regard to vaccine mandates, masking/physical distancing, the designation of a COVID-19 coordinator, and subcontractor flow-down.

SIGNAL WEBINAR Sponsored by SpiderOak: Cybersecurity and the New Space Race
12/16/2021 - 12/16/2021

Learn about cybersecurity risks and challenges to the new space economy, the potential threats, implications of failure, new and emerging defensive capabilities and how we must modify our security posture to ensure we do not import the cyber vulnerabilities of earth-based systems into space-based systems.

Cyber Education, Research, and Training Symposium (CERTS) 2022
01/25/2022 - 01/27/2022
Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, Augusta, GA

AFCEA International will host the Cyber Education, Research, and Training Symposium (CERTS) in Augusta, Georgia, home of Fort Gordon and the Army's Cyber Center of Excellence. CERTS brings government, education, research, and industry leaders together to focus on advancing cyber workforce development, retention, and support.

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