16 August 2022
CDC updates COVID guidance: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled significant changes last Thursday as part of a sweeping effort to overhaul the agency's COVID-19 guidance. "This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives," CDC's Greta Massetti said in a statement announcing the changes. Among the biggest differences...
9 August 2022
VETS 4212 reporting cycle has begun: Starting last week, the VETS 4212 reporting cycle is on. For more information, go to VETS-4212 Federal Contractor Reporting | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov). This report applies to any federal contractor or subcontractor with $150,000 or more in contracts regardless of the number of employees
2 August 2022
Are Millennials utilizing employers’ saving plans? Likely not. According to Bank of America’s “2022 Financial Life Benefits Impact Report,” despite 58% of eligible employees participating in a 401(k) plan, 61% of them contributed below $5,000 last year. The study also found that fewer than one in 10 participants’ contributions reached the ceiling on elective deferrals, under IRS Section 402(g)—that is, $19,500, last year.
26 July 2022
EEOC changing the rules on COVID testing: On July 12, 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its COVID-19 FAQs. Unfortunately, the update does not offer many specifics for employers, who continue to face the challenge of maintaining a safe, healthy, and productive work environment as more and more of their workers return to in-person work.
19 July 2022
Do you feel like you are always on? Join the crowd: The ability to disconnect from work remains elusive for many professionals, according to survey data published this week by Fishbowl, a Glassdoor-owned social platform.
12 July 2022
OMB looking to change demographic collection requirements: Dr. Karin Orvis, the U.S. Chief Statistician and Branch Chief for Statistical and Science Policy at OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, will be updating OMB Directive 15 or as known by its technical title: “Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity.”
5 July 2022
Should pay be cut for remote work? Remote work could be considered a priced-out benefit. The latest edition of McKinsey's American Opportunity Survey queried 25,000 Americans in spring 2022 and it found that over half (58%) had the option of working from home at least one day a week. One in three said that, if they wanted, they could work from home five days a week. And when workers are given the option of remote working, 87% of them will take it.
28 June 2022
Wondering why we cannot find talent? Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.2% to 4.3% over the past year. In Detroit area surprisingly, 4.6%. Source: BLS 6/17/22
21 June 2022
Resignations are estimated at 41% in 2021: The U.S. job market may be cooling down, but Aon survey data shows that the Great Resignation had a real impact on employers throughout the past year, the global professional services firm said in a June 2 statement.
14 June 2022
Mileage rate increased three cents: In a rare move, because of increasing gas prices, the IRS has increased in midyear the mileage rate from $.585 to $.625 per mile. Source: IRS 6/9/22
7 June 2022
Have you considered revamping your performance review process? The traditional approach to performance management has failed managers, employees, and organizations. Most of today’s performance management approaches, no matter what they are called, are often complex, emotionally burdensome, and time consuming, resulting in the most dreaded task managers have to do at work. For example, performance management is intended to measure employee performance and provide a feedback mechanism to...
31 May 2022
DOL issues new FAQs on FMLA—anxiety is now covered: While many people coping with mental illness may face barriers to treatment including social stigmas, a lack of available services or financial resources, the U.S. Department of Labor is determined to ensure that obtaining job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act is not another obstacle to overcome when workers seek the mental health support they need.
24 May 2022
Do you have this benefit – egg freezing? By the time a woman hits her 40s, her chances of pregnancy drop to 5% per menstrual cycle, meaning five out of 100 women will successfully become pregnant per cycle, according to research from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
17 May 2022
The American public is against racial preferences: A new Pew Research Center report found that 74% think race and ethnicity should not be considered in admissions decisions. For gender, 82% think it shouldn’t be considered. The results extend to every racial group and to Democrats as well as Republicans. The findings come as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear two cases, probably in October, on the future of affirmative action in admissions.
10 May 2022
I got a new job, now I am looking for the next: The Great Resignation is far from ebbing, a Lattice report suggests 52% of respondents having worked for three months or less in their new role reported they are actively trying to leave their current company.