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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.

Categories: EverythingPeople
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.
Categories: EverythingPeople
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.

Categories: EverythingPeople
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.

Categories: EverythingPeople
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.  

Categories: EverythingPeople
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 29, 2023

28 November 2023

Quick Hits - November 29, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Michigan’s Right-to-Work law effective February 13, 2024:  The Michigan legislature became the first state in almost 60 years to repeal its right-to-work law earlier this year. However, in doing so, the initiative did not have sufficient support to allow the repeal to be immediately effective. Most thought the repeal would not be effective until approximately March 30, 2024.  We now know it will be effective six weeks sooner than originally thought.

Categories: EverythingPeople
Quick Hits - November 22, 2023

21 November 2023

Quick Hits - November 22, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

NLRB and OSHA sign MOU – watch out employers:  On October 31, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that the agencies have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “to strengthen the agencies’ partnership to promote safe and healthy workplaces through protecting worker voice.” The MOU seeks to enable the NLRB and OSHA to “closely collaborate” by more broadly sharing...
Categories: EverythingPeople
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...
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