Parenting During the Pandemic

20 October 2020

Parenting During the Pandemic

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to Cleo, a parenting benefits company, working parents in the U.S. are losing a cumulative 720 million hours each week to stress, anxiety, and caregiving.  This is according to their State of Working Parents Study published in late September.
HR Jobs of the Future – Are You Prepared?

8 September 2020

HR Jobs of the Future – Are You Prepared?

Author: Kevin Marrs

Have you ever thought of becoming a Distraction Prevention Coach or perhaps an HR Data Detective?  How about a WFH Facilitator?  Well, according to Cognizant Center for Future of Work and Future Workplace these jobs might become common place in HR departments.
Resolving Workplace Discrimination and Unconscious Bias Takes Work, Survey Shows

28 July 2020

Resolving Workplace Discrimination and Unconscious Bias Takes Work, Survey Shows

Author: Kevin Marrs

The American Management Association (AMA) released a survey highlighting the significant gap that exists between organizational policy and day-to-day practices.  Their survey, the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Survey, shows that simply having a diversity & inclusion (D&I) policy in place does not effectively solve the problem of discriminatory practices, whether deliberate or unwitting.
Remote Work Fuels Fears of Risk from IT Departments

26 May 2020

Remote Work Fuels Fears of Risk from IT Departments

Author: Kevin Marrs

A recent study, Virtual Economy IT Impact, by HiveIO suggests that during this pandemic most organizations have failed to deploy new technologies to monitor, manage, and support at-home employees.  While this might be expected given the sudden onset of remote work for many, it is leading to concern among many IT departments faced with supporting the new virtual workforce. 
Coronavirus a “Stress Test” for Corporate Ethics

26 May 2020

Coronavirus a “Stress Test” for Corporate Ethics

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to research by the ethics and compliance firm LRN Corporation, the current pandemic may prove to be an unintended test of cultures and codes of conduct as businesses determine how to reopen and navigate the inevitable strain of operating during a pandemic.

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What Will Happen with Telecommuting After COVID-19?

12 May 2020

What Will Happen with Telecommuting After COVID-19?

Author: Kevin Marrs

ASE’s 2018 Workplace Flexibility Survey, published in early 2019, noted that over 60% of organizations offered telecommuting for their staff (62%).  But there was a big catch – telecommuting arrangements were generally reserved for a select few. According to our data, telecommuting was largely granted to employees based on managers discretion (79%) or based on the position (59%).  The impact of those restrictions resulted in fewer than a third of employees participating...
Technology Challenges Lead to Lost Productivity, Study Suggests

28 April 2020

Technology Challenges Lead to Lost Productivity, Study Suggests

Author: Kevin Marrs

Employers continue to face many technical challenges as they seek to ensure business continuity during the pandemic and the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order implemented by Governor Whitmer.  For some organizations, the transition to remote work was seamless. Infrastructure and equipment were in place, and the shift to remote work was simply a matter of making permanent what was once only occasional or reserved for a select few.  For other organizations, it meant procuring...
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DOL Releases Temporary FFCRA Regulations Clarifying Employer Coverage and Documentation Requirements

7 April 2020

DOL Releases Temporary FFCRA Regulations Clarifying Employer Coverage and Documentation Requirements

Author: Kevin Marrs

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which creates two new emergency paid leave requirements in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  
Employee Benefit Implications Related to the CARES Act

31 March 2020

Employee Benefit Implications Related to the CARES Act

Author: Kevin Marrs

ASE recently alerted its members about the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on March 27th.  As noted, the bill contains several measures aimed at mitigating the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Of note for human resources professionals are some of the key provisions related to employee benefit and welfare plans.
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ASE Releases COVID-19 Employer Response Survey Results

24 March 2020

ASE Releases COVID-19 Employer Response Survey Results

Author: Kevin Marrs

On March 18th, ASE released a survey that tracked employer’s growing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, launched when there were just 26 confirmed cases in Michigan, provides a comprehensive look at efforts and measures employers have taken or are considering in response to both human resource and business continuity concerns.

McLean & Company Releases 2020 HR Trends Report

21 January 2020

McLean & Company Releases 2020 HR Trends Report

Author: Kevin Marrs

ASE’s partner, McLean & Company, has released the ASE edition of its 2020 HR Trends Report.  This report highlights ways traditional HR practices and assumptions are being challenged as we transition into this new decade.

5 November 2019

Job Outlook for College Grads Remains Strong

Author: Kevin Marrs

Despite apparent economic headwinds, the future is looking bright for new college graduates.  This is according to a new report released by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University.  The report indicates that job opportunities for new grads will expand by 12% across all degree levels.  

15 October 2019

Inclusion Efforts Missing the Mark, Survey Says

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to a recently released survey by Deloitte, employers appear to have made important strides related to workplace inclusion, although perhaps not having the effect they are striving for.  Nearly 80% believed their company fostered an inclusive workplace and more than 80% agreed that their organizations provided opportunities to connect with others from different backgrounds.  However, despite these improvements, nearly two-thirds (64%) felt that they have either experienced...

3 September 2019

Merit Increase Budgets Remain Steady at 3%

Author: Kevin Marrs

Apparently, we can now add 3% merit increase budgets to death and taxes as certainties in life.  The American Society of Employers released its 2019/2020 Salary Budget Survey last week.  The data for this year’s survey shows that median projected merit budgets (across all employee classifications) for 2020 is 3%.  This is identical to the 3% actual increase seen in 2019.

2 July 2019

Employee Recognition Programs Slip in Key Area, Study Suggests

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to the recently released 2019 Trends in Employee Recognition Survey, conducted by WorldatWork with underwriting support from Maritz Motivation, the number of companies who say they have no employee recognition policy, strategy, or philosophy increased to 19% in 2019 compared to 12% in 2015.

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