14

Nov

2017

Flu Season is Upon Us

Author: Heather Nezich

With November arriving, so has the official start of the flu season.  An outbreak of the flu in the workplace can cause significant reduction in productivity.  Employers should educate their employees on how to avoid the flu and how their sick policies apply should an employee get sick.

14

Nov

2017

Is It Time for More Mindfulness Training at Work?

Author: Kevin Marrs

A recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University may provide employers another reason to look closely at mindfulness training for their organization.  Their research showed that mindfulness exercises can reduce the body’s response to biological stress.  Specifically, the researchers found that acceptance, or learning how to be open and accepting of the way things are in each moment, is essential for the stress reduction effects.

7

Nov

2017

Workers are Stressed Out

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by the American Psychological Association shows that stress in America is at an all-time high.   While main sources of stress for more than 66% of the respondents tend to be about our country’s future and political issues, money and work still tend to be major stressors.

31

Oct

2017

An Ounce of Prevention

Author: Susan Chance

Why should I run background checks on my applicants? What do other employers check on backgrounds? These are questions that I get quite often from our customers. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin.

17

Oct

2017

How President Trump’s Executive Order on Healthcare Impacts Employers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On Thursday President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) directing specific federal agencies to review the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulatory framework.  The EO has no direct immediate impact on repealing ACA, but instead embraces the philosophy that federal agencies through regulatory power can shape the offerings and framework that are in the ACA market.  “This [EO] will direct [departments] to take action to increase competition, increase choice, and increase access to...

10

Oct

2017

Give Your Employees a Break

Author: Heather Nezich

Would you like to increase morale and productivity?  There is a simple solution…give employees a break!   More than 85% of employees believe taking regular breaks during the day would make them more productive, according to a study from Staples.  However, many employees do not take regular breaks throughout their work day.

3

Oct

2017

Indefinite Time Off is not a Reasonable Accommodation

Author: Anthony Kaylin

When an employee takes an approved leave which is covered by the American’s with Disability Act (ADA), many times the employee will need additional time off.  The question generally becomes how long should leave be extended as a reasonable accommodation.  A trial court in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals region, which covers Michigan, provides some guidance.

19

Sep

2017

The Opioid Epidemic and the Impact on American Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

In July 2017, a White House commission released a report on America’s opioid crisis with a recommendation that President Trump declare it a national emergency.  According to the report, approximately 142 Americans are dying every day from opioid use.   America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.

8

Aug

2017

Time to Smell the Roses or Else Pay Up

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With workplaces moving more to the open floor plan, a difficult issue is raising its head more and more.  Whether its food odors like tuna, perfume, cologne, or body odor, the issue of scent allergies has grown among the workforce.  In one case, retaliation and failure to properly accommodate cost an employer $3.3 million.

27

Jun

2017

Better Sleep Equals Better Business

Author: Heather Nezich

How long did you sleep last night?  If you’re like 83% of U.S. workers, not enough.  While the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, only 17% say they actually get that full amount according to a recent Career Builder survey.  60% feel that the lack of sleep negatively affects their work.

27

Jun

2017

MIOSHA Fine Maximums to Increase Under New Bill

Author: Michael Burns

The republicans, who control the Michigan State Senate, introduced legislation last Wednesday to increase MIOSHA fines to maintain parity with the federal OSHA fine maximums. Why would our business friendly legislature do this? It appears not by choice, but by necessity, if MIOSHA is to remain compliant and independent from federal OSHA oversite.

6

Jun

2017

Orlando Workplace Shooting Serves as Wake-Up Call for Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

On Monday, June 5, John Neumann, Jr., a former employee of Fiamma Inc. located in Orlando Florida, went on a fatal workplace shooting spree killing six employees before he killed himself.  He was fired in April by his former employer.  According to Orlando County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Neumann targeted his victims and had a “negative relationship” with at least one of them.  While we all want to think something like this will never happen to us, it can, and...

30

May

2017

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

Author: Sara Pebbles

As the weather is warming up and outdoor activities are on employee’s minds, so are their summer bodies.  CareerBuilder recently conducted a survey that found that 56% of the workforce in the United States believe that they are overweight. On top of that, 45% believe that they have gained weight at their current job. And we aren’t talking about just a couple pounds here, 25% have gained more than 10 pounds and 1 in 10 have gained more than 20 pounds.  Respondents blame...

23

May

2017

Can Drug Tests Be Multiple Choice?

Author: Susan Chance

Kurt Rambis, former NBA champion and coach, is quoted as saying, “I’m in favor of drug tests, just so long as they are multiple choice.” There are many different types of drug tests available for screening applicants and employees for drug use, but can they be multiple choice? In a way they can. How? Well I’m so glad you asked.

2

May

2017

Will Your Applicants or Employees Kick You in the Teeth?

Author: Susan Chance

According to Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who is as well known for his drug use as he is for his song writing and guitar skills, “if you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you may as well use two feet.” If you don’t want to be kicked in the teeth because of drug use by your employees or applicants, then you should consider your company’s drug testing program and policy prohibiting drug use, or the lack thereof, and how you can best protect your...
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