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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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Quick Hits - May 22, 2024

21 May 2024

Quick Hits - May 22, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

AI officially cited as causing job losses:  Nearly 65,000 people were cut from their jobs at U.S. based companies in April according to a report released Thursday by career services firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Continued cuts in the technology sector, a large layoff at Tesla, and the replacement of jobs by artificial intelligence largely to blame.

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Quick Hits - May 15, 2024

14 May 2024

Quick Hits - May 15, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Could the FLSA regulations be delayed? Unlikely, but in a letter sent to Jessica Looman, Wage and Hour Division Administrator, the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO), along with 87 other organizations, the agency was asked to delay to at least September 1, 2024, implementation of the first minimum salary threshold increase applicable under the final rule published on April 26, 2024 that alters the overtime regulations under the FLSA.

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Quick Hits - May 8, 2024

7 May 2024

Quick Hits - May 8, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Salary budget to come in at 3.6% per Mercer: Employers trimmed the average increase in salary budgets this year to 3.6% from projections in November of 3.8% as they saw more stability compared with the job churning during the pandemic period’s “Great Resignation,” Mercer said. 

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Quick Hits - May 1, 2024

30 April 2024

Quick Hits - May 1, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Will AI rule the hiring process?  A Zippia survey of senior HR professionals found 96% predict AI will improve talent acquisition. AI can sort through hundreds of applicants in minutes and match skill sets, education, and experience.

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Quick Hits - April 24, 2024

23 April 2024

Quick Hits - April 24, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Employee engagement at its lowest level since 2013:  Last year, Gallup found U.S. employees were increasingly detached from their employers, with the workforce reporting less role clarity, lower satisfaction with their organizations, and less connection to their companies’ mission or purpose.

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Quick Hits - April 17, 2024

16 April 2024

Quick Hits - April 17, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Are wellness plans worth the investment?  According to a recent study the answer is yes.  Gympass surveyed over 2,000 benefit leaders to answer this very question, and a majority said yes. In fact, 90% of companies believe they see a positive return on their wellness benefits, 85% said their wellness programs decreased the cost of recruitment and retention and 78% reported that their benefits saved them money on healthcare. Any investment in well-being, whether mental health,...
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Quick Hits - April 10, 2024

9 April 2024

Quick Hits - April 10, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Employer violates pregnancy act by not providing accommodation for employee who later miscarried: One employer did not want to continue providing accommodations to a pregnant employee, and it was a game changer.  According to the EEOC's lawsuit, “[the employer] violated federal law when one of its stores ... 

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Quick Hits - April 3, 2024

2 April 2024

Quick Hits - April 3, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Speaking only Japanese in meetings not discriminatory:  In Kurtanidze v. Mizuho Bank, Ltd., 2024 WL 117180 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 13, 2024), the plaintiff was a Caucasian male of European descent who was employed for three months in the defendant bank’s New York branch. After his employment was terminated, he sued, claiming, among other things, that the bank discriminated against non-Japanese employees based on race and national origin.

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Quick Hits - March 27, 2024

26 March 2024

Quick Hits - March 27, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

OFCCP Portal opens April 1 and closes July 1: The U.S. Department of Labor announced its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will begin accepting online submissions on April 1 from covered contractors to certify they have developed and maintained affirmative action programs for each establishment or functional unit.  

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Quick Hits - March 20, 2024

19 March 2024

Quick Hits - March 20, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

12-year age gap of managers to subordinates has negative impact on workplace:  With four generations actively participating in the workforce, there's a lot that employees can learn from each other. Instead, these age gaps may be getting in the way of progress and productivity.  

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Quick Hits - March 13, 2024

12 March 2024

Quick Hits - March 13, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

President Biden proposes $13.9 billion budget for Department of Labor FY 2025:  President Biden released its proposed budget for the next fiscal year.  The proposal calls for $13.9 billion in discretionary funding for the DOL, up $318 million, or 2.3%, from the 2023 amount.

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Quick Hits - March 6, 2024

5 March 2024

Quick Hits - March 6, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Daylight Savings starts March 10th: Set your clocks forward one hour Sunday morning, March 10th. Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by George Vernon Hudson in 1895, and its use in the U.S. was first mandated during World War I

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Quick Hits - February 28, 2024

27 February 2024

Quick Hits - February 28, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

H-1B season opening soon:  Beginning March 6, 2024, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will conduct its annual H-1B Cap Lottery to award H-1B slots for professional workers in specialty occupations.

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Quick Hits - February 21, 2024

20 February 2024

Quick Hits - February 21, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Expect health care premiums to increase next year thanks to prescription drugs: Nonprofit research company 46 Brooklyn found that pharmaceutical companies are raising prices for over 700 medications in January alone, with the average increase sitting at about 4.5%. Popular weight-loss drug Ozempic, for example, will see a price hike of 3.5%, while the antidepressant Wellbutrin will increase by 9.9%.

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Quick Hits - February 14, 2024

13 February 2024

Quick Hits - February 14, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

A possible new law leading to a myriad of lawsuits: A potentially groundbreaking bill making its way through the Massachusetts State Legislature aims to broadly ensure psychological safety in the workplace, marking a key development in efforts to combat workplace bullying and potentially stoking momentum for similar bills in other jurisdictions.

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Quick Hits - February 7, 2024

6 February 2024

Quick Hits - February 7, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Oops.  They’re not a convicted murderer? In August 2023, a job seeker received an offer of employment conditioned on passing a background check, which the employer contracted with ADP Screening & Selection Services Inc. (SASS) to perform – the complaint in Mott v. ADP Screening and Selection Services, Inc., alleged.

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Quick Hits - January 31, 2024

30 January 2024

Quick Hits - January 31, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Is AI being used by HR yet? Unlikely.  According to HRE’s annual What’s Keeping HR Up at Night? survey nearly two-thirds of HR teams have yet to embrace artificial intelligence in their operations. More than 60% of respondents shared that HR teams at their organizations aren’t using AI and its counterpart, gen AI, for any functions, including talent sourcing, interviewing, onboarding, learning, and managing employee leave.
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Quick Hits - January 24, 2024

23 January 2024

Quick Hits - January 24, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Michigan withholding rates: Michigan has issued the 2024 withholding rate and wage-bracket tables for wages paid on and after January 1, 2024. The Michigan personal income tax withholding rate is 4.25% for 2024. The personal exemption amount will be $5,600.

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Quick Hits - January 17, 2024

16 January 2024

Quick Hits - January 17, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Back to office required in 2024 – will it backfire?  Eight in 10 companies plan to track office attendance in 2024, according to a survey of 800 business leaders conducted by Resume Builder in December. Nearly all respondents — 95% — said employees will see consequences if they don’t comply with the office attendance policy.  

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Quick Hits - January 10, 2024

9 January 2024

Quick Hits - January 10, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Will second time be the charm?  Julie Su, the Acting Secretary of Labor, was renominated for the Secretary position a second time.  The first time she failed to get through the Senate process as Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he would not back her.  There has been no change in support for Ms. Su. Therefore, her nomination will be squeaker if successful.

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Quick Hits - January 3, 2024

2 January 2024

Quick Hits - January 3, 2024

Author: ASE Staff

Did you feel guilty taking time off over the holidays? According to CalendarLabs, 75% of employees say they feel guilty about taking time off, and 66% will put in more work time before leaving to make up for their time away.

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Quick Hits - December 20, 2023

19 December 2023

Quick Hits - December 20, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

2024 Mileage rates:  The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2024 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.  Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups, or panel trucks) will be:

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Quick Hits - December 13, 2023

12 December 2023

Quick Hits - December 13, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

U.S. States 2024 Minimum wage updates:  Click here to see minimum wage rates for 2024 by state.  

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Quick Hits - December 6, 2023

5 December 2023

Quick Hits - December 6, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Gen Zers are outnumbering Baby Boomers in the workforce: The number of full-time Gen Z workers in the U.S. is set to surpass baby boomers in the first few months of 2024, according to a new report from Glassdoor Economic Research.

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