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The Importance of Mental Health in the Workplace: A Key to Employee Wellbeing

18 June 2024

The Importance of Mental Health in the Workplace: A Key to Employee Wellbeing

Author: Mary E. Corrado

June is Men’s Mental Health month.  Mental health has become a crucial aspect of overall wellbeing. For employers, recognizing the importance of mental health in the workplace is not just an ethical obligation but a strategic one. Healthy employees are the backbone of a thriving business, and mental wellbeing is integral to their productivity, creativity, and engagement.

The Role of Training in Building Your Company’s Succession Plan

18 June 2024

The Role of Training in Building Your Company’s Succession Plan

Author: Clifton Clarke

Google defines succession planning as a business strategy companies use to pass leadership roles down to another employee or group of employees. Given the youngest baby boomers are expected to begin retiring in 2031, seven short years from now, companies should begin the process of preparing the next generation of leadership. A seismic shift will begin to take place. Will your company be prepared to seamlessly continue strategic action? Only if you begin soon. This article though, is not...
7 Guidelines for Protecting Outside Workers from Heat

18 June 2024

7 Guidelines for Protecting Outside Workers from Heat

Author: Heather Nezich

There is an excessive heat warning this week in Michigan, and ensuring the safety and well-being of employees working outdoors is a critical responsibility for employers. Heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, can pose serious health risks. To protect outside workers from the heat, employers must implement comprehensive strategies that address hydration, acclimatization, work schedules, protective clothing, and training.

Attorney-Client Privilege – What HR Needs to know

18 June 2024

Attorney-Client Privilege – What HR Needs to know

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Attorney-client privilege is one of the most important tools for HR when dealing with risk. This privilege is a foundational legal principle for centuries and allows clients to discuss all legal issues without worrying that the conversation may come back to haunt the client. By having honest conversations, it allows the lawyer to best represent the client. However, the privilege does not protect the underlying facts that may be contained within the communication, just the communication with...
SCOTUS Rules a Small Knock Back on NLRB Overreaching

18 June 2024

SCOTUS Rules a Small Knock Back on NLRB Overreaching

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was using an easier test to determine if it had more power to enjoin employers accused of committing unfair labor practices than say other injunction seekers that come before the court. This ruling may curtain some of the NLRB’s more intrusive actions against employers that it has been pursuing under the Biden labor Board.

Quick Hits - June 19, 2024

18 June 2024

Quick Hits - June 19, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Blue Cross Blue Shield dropping GLP-1 coverage:  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will no longer cover GLP-1 weight-loss drugs like Wegovy, Zepbound and Saxenda.  The change comes as the cost for the drug skyrocketed, according to the health insurer. 

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15 Critical Traits of Top Performers

11 June 2024

15 Critical Traits of Top Performers

Author: Linda Olejniczak

In every organization, top performers stand out not just for their skills but for their attitude and approach to work. These individuals possess certain traits that set them apart and drive the success of their teams and companies. Here are 15 critical traits of top performers:

Top Performing Companies Are Proactive, Transparent, and Communicative About Pay

11 June 2024

Top Performing Companies Are Proactive, Transparent, and Communicative About Pay

Author: Heather Nezich

Payscale Inc., ASE partner and the leading provider of compensation data, software and services, released its 2024 Top Performers Report. Leveraging data from Payscale’s flagship Compensation Best Practices Report, the new research examines what differentiates top performing companies, defined as organizations who self-report that they exceeded their revenue targets in 2023, from non-top performers: those that missed their revenue goals. Payscale found that being proactive,...
Mid-Year Michigan Employment and Labor Legislation Update

11 June 2024

Mid-Year Michigan Employment and Labor Legislation Update

Author: Michael Burns

140 Michigan employment and labor bills have been introduced since the start of the current legislative session back in January 2023. Most are still in committee. Those that have been passed are primarily focused on public employers which leaves many bills that impact private employers in Michigan still languishing in their respective committees.

Understanding the EEOC’s Approach to Religious Accommodations

11 June 2024

Understanding the EEOC’s Approach to Religious Accommodations

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In Groff v. DeJoy, 600 U.S. 447 (2023), the U.S. Supreme Court raised the bar on denying religious accommodations from showing an "undue hardship" in making the accommodation to incur "substantial increased costs" compared to the normal costs of business.  Previously, an employer could show that de minimis increase of costs would be an undue hardship. 

USERRA- What it is and How to Comply

11 June 2024

USERRA- What it is and How to Comply

Author: Lauren Cromie

USERRA is the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. It is a federal law that establishes rights and responsibilities for members of the National Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers. The Department of Labor (DOL) is in charge of investigating USERRA violations, and it covers all public and private employers, regardless of size. It can also cover multiple employers for one service member.

Quick Hits - June 12, 2024

11 June 2024

Quick Hits - June 12, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

 If you are hiring for remote IT jobs, do a real background check: North Korean IT workers are posing as Americans to score coveted remote jobs and use the salaries to pay for their country's missile program.  Remote hiring practices have made it dangerously easy for North Korean IT workers to dupe hiring managers who historically had relied on in-person interviews to detect imposters.

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Michigan’s Future Looks Bright

4 June 2024

Michigan’s Future Looks Bright

Author: Mary E. Corrado

RSQE, a modeling and forecasting unit that has been in operation at the University of Michigan since 1952, released Michigan’s economic forecast for 2024-2025 last month. I was happy to see that they predict steady job growth, low unemployment, and continued progress toward lower inflation.

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Cost of Unionization

4 June 2024

Cost of Unionization

Author: Michael Burns

Did you know that the costs for being unionized are far more than just increased wages and benefits?

A 2003 Employment Policy Foundation study found that a company with 10% of its workforce in a union could experience 2.6% higher unit labor costs and a 21% lower before-tax profit than its non-union counterparts.

Summer Road Risks: Employer Liability for Employee Driving Safety

4 June 2024

Summer Road Risks: Employer Liability for Employee Driving Safety

Author: Susan Chance

Summer is almost here, and orange barrel mating season is well underway. The nice weather also brings more motorcycles, cars pulling boats, and large recreational vehicles on the roads. In other words, there are a lot more hazards on the roads.

Colorado Passes Artificial Intelligence Act

4 June 2024

Colorado Passes Artificial Intelligence Act

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Colorado’s governor signed the Artificial Intelligence Act, Senate Bill (SB) 24-205, on May 17, 2024. This law is a comprehensive AI law that follows the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s technical assistance documents, the Department of Labor’s recent guidance, the New York City automated employment decision tools law, Tennessee’s regulation of deepfakes, Illinois’ Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act, and Maryland’s facial...
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Job Outlook is Good for College Grads

4 June 2024

Job Outlook is Good for College Grads

Author: Heather Nezich

American employers continue to show interest in hiring college graduates with more than half (55%) planning to hire recent alumni, a positive trend over the past few years, aside from a dip in the first half of 2023. This is according to a recent Express Employment Professionals-Harris Poll survey in which companies also outlined other in-demand demographic segments and industries.

Quick Hits - June 5, 2024

4 June 2024

Quick Hits - June 5, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Hopefully you filed your EEO-1 report:  The EEO-1 tool initial closure date was June 4th.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a spate of lawsuits (15) last week against hospitality, transportation, food service, and construction companies across the country, alleging they've shirked their legal responsibility to report demographic data about their employees for several years.

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Differences Between Labor Law Posters and Notices

28 May 2024

Differences Between Labor Law Posters and Notices

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Employers must provide employees with information about their rights under various federal, state, and local employment laws. This information is typically communicated through either labor law posters or individual notices, as specified by the law.

Is HR Ready for AI?

28 May 2024

Is HR Ready for AI?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being embedded in HR tools without warning.  From applicant tracking to learning management systems, AI is becoming a staple of the HR arsenal.  Going back to the late 1990s and 2000s, big data analysis was the “thing.”  Degrees popped up, statisticians and/or statistical knowledge became a sexy and necessary requirement as internal databases became overwhelming. 

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If Marijuana is Reclassified, What Jobs Might It Impact?

28 May 2024

If Marijuana is Reclassified, What Jobs Might It Impact?

Author: Michael Burns

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I narcotic down to a Schedule III drug. Schedule I controlled substances are in the “mean street neighborhood” including heroin, LSD, and other drugs with “no currently acceptable medical use or treatment.” Schedule III drugs, on the other hand, where it is proposed marijuana be moved to is in a “friendlier neighborhood” of classified...
Strategies to Reduce Employee Turnover

28 May 2024

Strategies to Reduce Employee Turnover

Author: Heather Nezich

While ASE’s latest Employee Turnover Survey shows that voluntary turnover has significantly reduced over the past year – from 20.1% in 2022 to 10.1% in 2023, it is still a crucial data point for organizations to keep track of and continually work to improve. Talent is increasingly hard to find so it’s important to retain your top employees.

The Crucial Case for Lunch Breaks: Why Remote Workers Need Them Too

28 May 2024

The Crucial Case for Lunch Breaks: Why Remote Workers Need Them Too

Author: Emily Price

In the realm of remote work, the necessity of taking a lunch break often gets overlooked. Just like in traditional office settings these breaks are crucial for the health and productivity of remote workers. Let's explore why lunch breaks matter for those working remotely and how they contribute to overall well-being and efficiency.

Quick Hits - May 29, 2024

28 May 2024

Quick Hits - May 29, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Is your employer worried about government regulatory power?  Many are:  Almost three-quarters of U.S. employers share great concern over the impact that the U.S. Department of Labor's and the National Labor Relations Board's enforcement actions will have on their businesses, according to a survey from Littler Mendelson PC.

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A Fun Exercise with Chat GPT to Identify Your Leadership Styles

21 May 2024

A Fun Exercise with Chat GPT to Identify Your Leadership Styles

Author: Mary E. Corrado

It’s become apparent that AI is here to stay, so we might as well embrace it. Although, ASE recently surveyed Michigan employers and it revealed that that only a quarter of Michigan employers are currently using or planning to implement AI in HR, with significant concerns about reliability, data privacy, and bias.

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