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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.

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:

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