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Employers Have Seen These Times Before

7 May 2024

Employers Have Seen These Times Before

Author: Michael Burns

Over the weekend I came across an article in the Labor Union News entitled "UAW Involvement and Support in Pro-Palestinian Protests Raises Question.” The gist of the article was that the UAW may be supporting at least some of the pro-Palestinian protests causing problems at many universities right now.

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.

Quick Hits - November 15, 2023

14 November 2023

Quick Hits - November 15, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

State of Michigan funding apprenticeship programs for underrepresented: The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) encouraging organizations who can help provide underrepresented individuals with access to life-changing career pathways through Registered Apprenticeship to apply for funding from the Michigan Statewide Targeted Apprenticeship Inclusion and Readiness System (MiSTAIRS). Successful respondents to this RFP will become...
Quick Hits - September 6, 2023

5 September 2023

Quick Hits - September 6, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 reporting starts October 31, 2023: The 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection will open on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. The EEO-1 online Filer Support Message Center (i.e., filer help desk) will also be available on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, to assist filers with any inquiries they may have regarding the 2022 collection.

Quick Hits - August 30, 2023

29 August 2023

Quick Hits - August 30, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

The EEO-1 Component 1 (demographic data collection) approved by OMB:  The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) request to extend “Component 1” of the annual Employer Information (EEO-1) Report. Interestingly, the extension is for only one year rather than the normal three-year approval. 

Quick Hits - August 23, 2023

22 August 2023

Quick Hits - August 23, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Weight discrimination is subtle and real: Weight stigma is rarely talked about at work, but it pervades workplaces everywhere, employees and hiring managers say. Looking back, Michelle Matthews said she often internalized co-workers’ comments about her weight. At one work lunch, a teammate remarked on how much she was eating. A higher-up told her she needed to “show up physically as a leader” after she failed to win a promotion. 

Quick Hits - August 16, 2023

15 August 2023

Quick Hits - August 16, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

EEOC Commissioners up to a full complement: Kalpana Kotagal was sworn in as EEOC Commissioner last week.  Kotagal, a democrat, was nominated by President Biden on April 1, 2022, and was confirmed on July 14, 2023, to serve as Commissioner, for a term expiring July 1, 2027. Kotagal joins EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows, Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels, and Commissioners Keith E. Sonderling and Andrea R. Lucas on the presidentially appointed, bipartisan Commission. Kotagal’s swearing in...
Quick Hits - August 9, 2023

8 August 2023

Quick Hits - August 9, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

What stresses employees out the most these days?  Are the good times coming to an end?  According to a new survey of 2,500 business professionals from recruitment firm Robert Walters, nearly half (45%) of employee stress is coming from a lack of job security. 

Quick Hits - August 2, 2023

1 August 2023

Quick Hits - August 2, 2023

Author: Heather Nezich

VETS 4212 reporting is now open: The VETS-4212 report filing season is now open, and federal contractors and subcontractors should file if you have a current federal government contract or subcontract worth $150,000 or more, regardless of the number of employees. All covered federal contractors and subcontractors must submit their VETS-4212 report between August 1 and September 30, 2023, either electronically or by U.S. mail.  For more information click here.
Quick Hits - July 26, 2023

25 July 2023

Quick Hits - July 26, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

WTW salary budget survey shows 4% for 2024: Salary budgets for U.S. employees are expected to remain high in 2024 as employers become accustomed to ongoing labor market challenges. According to the latest Salary Budget Planning Survey by WTW, organizations are budgeting an average increase of 4.0% in 2024.

Quick Hits - July 19, 2023

18 July 2023

Quick Hits - July 19, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Senate confirms Kotagal for EEOC Commission:  The U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Kalpana Kotagal, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC partner, to serve on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on July 13th, a long-awaited step that will give Democrats the majority at the five-seat agency for the first time under the Biden administration.

Quick Hits - July 12, 2023

11 July 2023

Quick Hits - July 12, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Hiring managers checking social media to create candidate profiles:  Nearly 75% of hiring managers responding to a recent survey said they check applicants’ social media, results from ResumeBuilder.com show.  The majority said they aim to obtain answers to questions they can’t ask job candidates; managers said they most often look for a worker’s age, political activity, gender identity, and marital status. 

Quick Hits - July 5, 2023

30 June 2023

Quick Hits - July 5, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 reporting delayed again: Looks like it will now be sometime in the Fall.  Due to the Agency completing a “mandatory, three-year renewal of the EEO-1 Component 1 data collection by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB),” the opening has been further delayed.  Last year the reporting period began in April with a deadline of May 17, 2022.  A final opening date as well as the opening of the filing support Message Center will be posted to the EEO-1 Component...
Quick Hits - June 28, 2023

27 June 2023

Quick Hits - June 28, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Time to update your EEOC “Know Your Rights” poster: The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) went into effect on June 27, 2023. The PWFA requires employers to post a notice describing the various protections under the new law. Employers should remove their old EEOC “Know Your Rights” poster and replace them with the updated version found here. You can also order the poster from ASE’s partner, GovDocs.  Login to ASE website to get the member link.
Quick Hits - June 21, 2023

20 June 2023

Quick Hits - June 21, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Should I trust ChatGPT to price jobs?  Not yet.  In a test by EBN, they asked ChatGPT "What salary should I offer a software engineer in the U.S. with five years’ experience?" ChatGPT came back with $100,000 to $120,000 a year, and maybe more than $150,000 a year in high-cost cities such as San Francisco, New York, and Seattle.

Quick Hits - June 14, 2023

13 June 2023

Quick Hits - June 14, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Rap music supports harassment complaint: The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a lawsuit to continue in which a hostile work environment by allowing explicit rap music to be played in a Nevada warehouse was one of the charges of the lawsuit.

Quick Hits - May 24, 2023

23 May 2023

Quick Hits - May 24, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

CHROs look for volatility but positivity in the next 12 months:  CHROs are revising their one-year forecast for business, expecting volatility to persist longer than anticipated.  That’s the main finding from StrategicCHRO360’s latest CHRO Confidence Index, a forward-looking indicator that measures sentiment for business among HR chiefs at U.S. companies.

Workforce Strategies to be Recession Ready

9 May 2023

Workforce Strategies to be Recession Ready

Author: Heather Nezich

Companies can prepare now for a recession by optimizing their workforce. Since employees are a company's greatest asset, successfully navigating economic uncertainty relies on investing in them.

Quick Hits - May 10, 2023

9 May 2023

Quick Hits - May 10, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Stemming blue collar terminations: The latest data release on employment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that the Great Resignation may have finally slowed down in some so-called knowledge-working industries.

Quick Hits - May 3, 2023

2 May 2023

Quick Hits - May 3, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

OFCCP releases new Voluntary Disability Self-ID form: The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has revised the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form (CC-305) to update the preferred language for disabilities and to include additional examples of disabilities. OFCCP releases new Voluntary Disability Self-ID form: The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has revised the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form (CC-305) to update the preferred...
Quick Hits - April 26, 2023

25 April 2023

Quick Hits - April 26, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

More state holidays in Michigan? Three Democratic legislators have introduced a package of bills that would establish Diwali, Vaisakhi, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, and Lunar New Year as official, state-recognized holidays in Michigan.

Quick Hits - April 19, 2023

18 April 2023

Quick Hits - April 19, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Women making minimal progress in closing wage gap:  The wage gap between men and women has changed little over the past decade with women making an average of 82% of what men make -- not much above the 80% average for women back in 2002, according to Pew Center research. As has long been the case, the wage gap is smaller for workers ages 25 to 34 than for all workers 16 and older. In 2022, women ages 25 to 34 earned an average of 92 cents for every dollar earned by a man in the same age...
Quick Hits - April 12, 2023

11 April 2023

Quick Hits - April 12, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

HR can be personally liable for ignoring sexual harassment claims: Earlier this year, a Delaware judge issued a landmark decision in a case involving fast food giant McDonalds. 

Quick Hits - April 5, 2023

4 April 2023

Quick Hits - April 5, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

OFCCP Director Jenny Yang is leaving the agency: Director Yang became OFCCP Director on January 20, 2021, and her last day was March 31, 2023.  She accomplished much at OFCCP during her time there.  There will be an acting director until a new director is appointed. 

Quick Hits - March 29, 2023

28 March 2023

Quick Hits - March 29, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Right to Work in Michigan is no longer the law: On Friday last week Governor Whitmer signed the bill repealing Right to Work. Michigan became the first state to repeal Right to Work in the country in the past sixty years.  This was no surprise. The Governor said she would sign the bill once passed even though it contains features that prevent a popular vote referendum.

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