17

Sep

2019

Vaping Deaths and E-Cigarette Use in the Workplace

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to the CDC, as of September 16, 2019, six people have died from vaping-related lung illnesses, and the number of possible cases has grown to 450.  In Michigan, six individuals have been hospitalized according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  All patients had vaped within days or weeks of getting sick, and many had used e-cigarettes with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  While the CDC continues to investigate these illnesses and deaths, they advise...

3

Sep

2019

Do Wellness Programs Pay Off?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

According to some studies the answer is no.  A recent Harvard study found that wellness programs yield unimpressive results—yet over 80% of large organizations offer them.  Why the poor results? 

20

Aug

2019

Michigan’s New Marijuana Law Does Not Protect Being Under the Influence at Work, But Other Legal Protections May Apply

Author: Michael Burns

ASE is monitoring both Michigan law and employer policy and practices in response to the legalization of marijuana in this state. Though Michigan has joined a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana use, employers do not have to change their policies against the use of marijuana if they are satisfied with how their policies and practices are working.

13

Aug

2019

Employee Burnout – An Occupational Phenomenon

Author: Heather Nezich

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), while employee burnout is not yet considered a medical condition, it is an “occupational phenomenon” and a diagnosable condition.

 

6

Aug

2019

Workplace Safety Can Worsen Under Bullying Bosses

Author: Heather Nezich

A new Portland State University study suggests that bullying bosses can negatively impact workplace safety. Bosses’ behaviors can strengthen or weaken employees’ sense of belonging to the work group by supporting or undermining their status within the group, potentially setting into motion certain consequences.

9

Jul

2019

Digital Addiction in the Workplace

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Technology over the past decade has found its way into practically every part of our daily lives.  It has transformed how we communicate, the way we interact through social media, the access we have to information, how we shop, and how we conduct business – just to name a few examples.  You look around anywhere these days, and people are staring at their electronic devices, and many feel helpless without them.  As a result of this heavy dependence on technology, it should...

18

Jun

2019

What Does a “Dilute” Drug Test Result Mean?

Author: Susan Chance

Some drug test results return as “dilute.” While a result of “positive dilute” is a positive result, a test that shows “negative dilute” does not necessarily mean the test is negative.

28

May

2019

ASE Reasonable Suspicion Training Provides Supervisors and HR Professionals Information to Address Potential Drug Use on Site

Author: Michael Burns

In response to Michigan becoming only the tenth state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, ASE is now sponsoring a class to train supervisors, managers, HR professionals, and others to address reasonable suspicion behavior. Despite marijuana use being legalized in Michigan, employers have control to prohibit an employee from being under the influence of marijuana, just like alcohol, at work.

21

May

2019

Employers are Struggling to Support Employees with Mental Health or Substance Abuse Problems

Author: Heather Nezich

New research from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) finds that employers are struggling to support employees with mental health and substance abuse issues and aren’t confident in their ability to provide appropriate accommodations.

14

May

2019

Well-being Plans are on the Rise in 2019 and Include Financial Incentives

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent EPTW poll revealed that 64.2% of our readers’ organizations offer a formal wellness or well-being program.  Large employers are expected to spend an average of $3.6 million on wellness plans in 2019 to help create a healthier and more productive workforce, according to recent research from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and Fidelity Investments. The annual Health and Well-Being Survey found that 40% of these budgets will be applied to providing...

7

May

2019

When an Employee or Candidate Can’t Provide a Drug Testing Specimen

Author: Susan Chance

Have you ever sent an employee for a drug screen only to have them not be able to provide a specimen for testing? If so, were you prepared with a backup plan? If not, you should review your testing policies and make sure you have a plan in place. Being unable to provide a specimen or having a “shy bladder” could be caused by a medical issue and may be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

30

Apr

2019

Getting Sleep?

Author: Kevin Marrs

Did you stay up too late to watch Game of Thrones?  Perhaps you simply stayed up late to finish a project for work.  In either case, if you did and lost just a mere 16 minutes of sleep a new study suggests that the sleep deficit likely negatively impacted your job performance and quality of life.

16

Apr

2019

What if Measles Strikes the Workplace?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As of April 8, 2019, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 39 total measles cases statewide since March 13, 2019.  Oakland County has 38 cases, and one was a Wayne County resident.

16

Apr

2019

Positive Drug Test Results on the Increase

Author: Susan Chance

Quest Diagnostics recently released results from their most recent data analysis of over 10 million employment drug test results. Back in 2010-2012 their analysis showed a 30 year low in positive drug tests. Unfortunately, in 2017 and 2018 the positive rates were at the highest level in the past 14 years. I’m sure this comes as no surprise as marijuana becomes legal in more states, and we continue to deal with the opioid crisis.

19

Mar

2019

Workplace Stress – A Major Concern for Employers

Author: Heather Nezich

American workers are working longer and harder than every before…and their stress levels show it. Virtually every employee is affected by job stress at some point.

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