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Leveraging Positive Psychology to Boost Workplace Wellbeing

16 July 2024

Leveraging Positive Psychology to Boost Workplace Wellbeing

Author: Mary E. Corrado

Today's world presents significant challenges: inflation, pandemics, conflicts, and work trends such as the Great Resignation. Positive psychology in the workplace enables individuals, groups, and organizations to thrive. This is particularly crucial in today's climate, as retaining top talent has become increasingly important.

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Employers Need to be Careful on Race Conscience Activities

16 July 2024

Employers Need to be Careful on Race Conscience Activities

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In recent developments, a couple of court cases need to be noted by employers who do diversity activities.  The first is the Fearless Fund case.  Fearless Fund is an investment fund that sought to administer a contest that would have awarded $20,000 grants to small businesses owned by Black women.  The American Alliance for Equal Rights (the Alliance), an organization led by Edward Blum, who led the charge against the Harvard and University of North Carolina’s race...
SHRM Removes Equity from DEI

16 July 2024

SHRM Removes Equity from DEI

Author: Lauren Cromie

recently put out a statement that they will be removing the “E” in DEI. Saying they are moving to just I&D, focusing on the importance of inclusion and then diversity more than equity. They are removing equity to focus on inclusion and diversity as a way to address the current shortcomings of DEI programs that they believe have received societal backlash and have caused increasing polarization.

Deloitte Survey Highlights the Value of Workplace Volunteer Programs

16 July 2024

Deloitte Survey Highlights the Value of Workplace Volunteer Programs

Author: Heather Nezich

This past June, Deloitte released the results of a new survey that reveals workplace volunteer opportunities are important to employees and can help them feel more positive about their work experience, more connected to their colleagues, and have a greater sense of personal fulfillment and purpose.

Federal Trade Commission Non-Compete Rule Enjoined, but Only in Texas

16 July 2024

Federal Trade Commission Non-Compete Rule Enjoined, but Only in Texas

Author: Michael Burns

Earlier this year the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a rule that would ban almost every post-employment non-competition provision. Non-competition agreements are agreements that limit or totally restrict the employee’s ability to obtain similar employment somewhere else within a stated geographic region and also typically for a stated period of time. An employment candidate’s job offer is also typically contingent upon the employee agreeing to the contract.
Quick Hits - July 17, 2024

16 July 2024

Quick Hits - July 17, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Nearly half of HR are new employees:  According to a new Paycor survey, nearly half (46%) of HR professionals have been in their roles for two years or less. To counteract recent hire turnover, smart companies will invest in an extended, more robust onboarding experience and best-in-class HR and talent tools.

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Heat Waves, Parties, and Substance Use: Ensuring Safe and Sober Summer Workplaces

9 July 2024

Heat Waves, Parties, and Substance Use: Ensuring Safe and Sober Summer Workplaces

Author: Susan Chance

It’s summertime and parties, vacations, weekend get-a-ways, and public celebrations are increasing.  We are more likely to relax and let our guard down as we enjoy barbeques, birthday parties, or family get togethers. One thing we should not let our guard down on is drug and alcohol testing.

When are Musculoskeletal Treatments Recordable Under OSHA?

9 July 2024

When are Musculoskeletal Treatments Recordable Under OSHA?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On May 2, 2024, OSHA provided guidance on whether musculoskeletal injuries are recordable under three treatment scenarios: first aid, Active Release Technique [“ART”] (massage that targets soft tissues), and exercises and stretching.

Work Besties: The Secret to Modern Workplace Happiness

9 July 2024

Work Besties: The Secret to Modern Workplace Happiness

Author: Heather Nezich

Lately, there's been a surge in conversations about the importance of having a best friend at work. On platforms like Instagram and TikTok, the hashtag “#workbestie” has become increasingly popular. Research from Gallup consistently shows that employees who have close friends at work are more engaged and productive.

BLS Report Shows Government Workers Make 40% More Than Private Industry Employees

9 July 2024

BLS Report Shows Government Workers Make 40% More Than Private Industry Employees

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its report on state and local government worker pay. It showed that public worker pay is nearly 40% higher than private sector workers. Remember this next time a call for tax increases is made.

Celebrating Manufacturing Day: Engaging Macomb County's Future Workforce

9 July 2024

Celebrating Manufacturing Day: Engaging Macomb County's Future Workforce

Author: Linda Olejniczak

As October approaches, the countdown to Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) begins, marking an important annual event aimed at showcasing the vibrant world of manufacturing to the next generation. Scheduled nationally for October 4th, Macomb County is gearing up for an extended celebration from September 30th to October 4th, highlighting its commitment to fostering interest in manufacturing careers among local high school students.

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Quick Hits - July 10, 2024

9 July 2024

Quick Hits - July 10, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Recognizing employees is a powerful tool: The number of "shadow contributors" in the workplace has nearly doubled in the last two years, prompting concerns about how HR leaders manage their recognition programs in their organizations.

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Beyond Degrees: The Rising Importance of Apprenticeships

2 July 2024

Beyond Degrees: The Rising Importance of Apprenticeships

Author: Mary E. Corrado

When seeking qualified talent, employers often put too strong of an emphasis on a college degree, while overlooking important skills acquired through alternative routes, known as “STARs” – skilled through alternative routes.  One of those alternative routes is apprenticeships.

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Major Developments from the Supreme Court

2 July 2024

Major Developments from the Supreme Court

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Two recent decisions by the Supreme Court will have implications for HR.  First was the Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, No. 22-451 (2024) decision.  This decision concerned a 40-year doctrine called the Chevron deference, a nod to the power of agency actions.  The second decision was SEC v. Jarskey, No. 22-859 (2024).  This case discussed the powers of the internal administrative courts specifically in rulings which involve monetary relief.
Despite Two Court Rulings on Legality, DOL Salary Threshold Rule Went Into Effect July 1st

2 July 2024

Despite Two Court Rulings on Legality, DOL Salary Threshold Rule Went Into Effect July 1st

Author: Michael Burns

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule changing the salary level test from $684/week to $844/week took effect as scheduled. This rule is being challenged in several Texas federal courts. It was hoped by some, that one of those Court decisions would result in the issuance of an injunction for the entire United States. However, in one case, the injunction issued on Friday only impacts State of Texas public employees. In the second case, the Court declined to issue an...
2024 Pay Trends: Key Findings from the ASE Compensation Survey

2 July 2024

2024 Pay Trends: Key Findings from the ASE Compensation Survey

Author: Emily Price

The 2024 ASE Compensation Survey provides a detailed look into salary trends across Michigan, reflecting the dynamic nature of the job market and economic conditions. With data from 411 employers covering 545 positions and over 95,000 incumbents, the survey offers valuable insights into wage growth, economic influences, and compensation practi

Soft Fridays: A Look at Codeword’s Experiment

2 July 2024

Soft Fridays: A Look at Codeword’s Experiment

Author: Heather Nezich

Summer Fridays have been around for a while now, but have you heard of Soft Fridays? In January, Codeword, a communication design agency, launched an innovative pilot program called Soft Fridays. This initiative allows the agency's 100 employees, in collaboration with their managers, to decide if and how they work on Fridays.

Quick Hits - July 3, 2024

2 July 2024

Quick Hits - July 3, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Are you lonely at work? At least 20% of workers report so: Globally, one in five employees report experiencing loneliness a lot the previous day according to Gallup’s new State of the Global Workplace: 2024 Report

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What States and Jurisdictions Require Harassment Training for Employees?

24 June 2024

What States and Jurisdictions Require Harassment Training for Employees?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On the ASE hotline, we are often asked which states and jurisdictions require harassment training.  Currently, Michigan does not.  We are still waiting to see what laws will be proposed before the end of year.  The election will likely influence activities by the legislature.

Say What? Your Guide to Decoding Modern Acronyms: From ALICE to FIRE

24 June 2024

Say What? Your Guide to Decoding Modern Acronyms: From ALICE to FIRE

Author: Heather Nezich

Can you tell the difference between an ALICE and a HENRY? Are you familiar with the term DINK? Have you heard of the FIRE movement? The current discussion around the U.S. economy is full of acronyms and labels (aka Jargon) for different demographic groups. Some of these terms have been in use for years, while others are more recent, gaining popularity due to recent economic trends and the influence of social media platforms like TikTok. This is your guide to those new terms.
New Report Shows Workers Would Rather Go to Their Dentist Than to HR

24 June 2024

New Report Shows Workers Would Rather Go to Their Dentist Than to HR

Author: Michael Burns

A recent survey by job site MyPerfectResume found that of 1000 respondents 86% of workers fear their human resources representative. Further, 85% reported that they hesitated to go the HR to discuss their work-related issues.

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Fostering Psychological Safety in Teams

24 June 2024

Fostering Psychological Safety in Teams

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Psychological safety is the foundation of a healthy and high-performing team. Harvard Professor Amy Edmondson's seminal research highlights its critical role in today's knowledge economy. When employees lack the freedom to speak up, organizations miss out on opportunities for growth and innovation. Psychological safety is the belief that you can take risks, make mistakes, and express your thoughts and ideas without fear of negative consequences. When present, it leads to increased...
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Ingraining and Sustaining Employee Recognition: A Guide for Leaders

24 June 2024

Ingraining and Sustaining Employee Recognition: A Guide for Leaders

Author: Dana Weidinger

Many organizations have a recognition program of some kind, but the majority focus on recognizing tenure. This form of recognition is a dated way of recognizing employees and has less of an impact on organizational performance. Additionally, 81% of organizational leaders do not see recognition as a strategic priority. However, studies show that companies can save up to $16.1M in turnover when recognition is prioritized. Employees who report high recognition are 2.9x more likely to be engaged...
Quick Hits - June 26, 2024

24 June 2024

Quick Hits - June 26, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

New York requires 30-minute paid lactation leave: Effective June 19, 2024, New York employers will be required to provide up to 30 minutes of paid lactation breaks to employees each time an employee has a reasonable need to express breast milk at work.

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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.

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