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May

2017

Summer Vacation is Rapidly Approaching – Do You Know the Guidelines for Employing Minors?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

As the summer rapidly approaches, many employers will supplement their seasonal workforce with minors under the age of 18.  While this is a great opportunity to give a youth the ability to learn work skills, employers need to be aware of the special requirements and their obligations for employing a minor.

23

May

2017

The Impact of Motherhood on Pay

Author: Michael Burns

Gender pay disparity and the many reasons for it, continues to be studied by researchers.  A new study by researchers at Wellesley, Harvard, Boston College and the Institute for Social Research in Oslo, Sweden identifies motherhood as a big impediment to equal pay as women’s careers progress. 

23

May

2017

AI in HR

Author: Heather Nezich

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the newest trends in HR and talent acquisition.  According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, more than 1 in 10 HR managers (13%) are seeing AI become a regular part of HR.  55% say they expect it to play a large role within the next five years.

23

May

2017

Can Drug Tests Be Multiple Choice?

Author: Chance,Susan

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.

23

May

2017

Quick Hits - May 24, 2017

Author: Heather Nezich

More than one in 25 U.S. workers fail their employer’s drug tests: More U.S. workers are testing positive for illicit drugs than at any time in the last 12 years, according to data from Quest Diagnostics Inc.  

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May

2017

Quick Hits - May 17, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Two republican attorneys to be nominated to NLRB:  Attorneys Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel will be nominated by President Trump to fill the two openings on the five-member National Labor Relations Board. 

16

May

2017

Why Aren't More Women in the Workforce?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

According to US Census statistics, 57% of women work outside the home, compared with 69.2% of men. Fed Chairperson Janet Yellen stated that “[o]ne recent study estimates that increasing the female participation rate to that of men would raise our gross domestic product by 5%.”  So why aren’t more women in the workforce?

9

May

2017

Quick Hits - May 10, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Spending bill reduces DOL budget:  The bill would provide a total of $12.1 billion for the DOL - $83 million below the FY 2016 enacted level and $710 million below the previous administration’s budget request.

9

May

2017

Sixth Circuit Recognizes “Cat’s Paw” Theory Application in FMLA Retaliation Suit

Author: Michael Burns

The intriguingly named “cat’s paw” theory of discrimination looks at whether an adverse employment action, in this case a retaliatory discharge, that was initiated by “ultimate decision makers” was in fact being influenced by lower level supervisors with discriminatory intent. This theory is relatively new but has been successfully used by plaintiffs in a broad range of other equal employment opportunity cases. The case at hand, Gloria Marshall v. The Rawlings...

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May

2017

Quick Hits - May 3, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Alexander Acosta is now the Secretary of Labor: President Donald J. Trump nominated R. Alexander Acosta to be the 27th United States Secretary of Labor. He was sworn in on April 28, 2017. 

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Apr

2017

Quick Hits - April 26, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Skill gap causing major headaches for employers:  According to a CareerBuilder study, 2 in 3 employers (67%) say they are concerned about the growing skills gap. 

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Apr

2017

Quick Hits - April 19, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Why joint employment questions matter: Generally, an employee is not entitled to overtime pay unless he works more than 40 hours a week for a single employer. It is not uncommon, however, for a company which has a subsidiary to employ some staff that work for both companies. 

18

Apr

2017

Excessive 401(K) Fees Lead to Lawsuits

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It used to be that retirement plan administration was a routine affair.  Not anymore.  Excessive 401 or 403 fees are the hot new area of ERISA lawsuits.  They can be costlier than wage and hour lawsuits and personally hit the retirement plan fiduciaries.  

 

18

Apr

2017

Is Work/Life Balance a Pipe Dream?

Author: Heather Nezich

With everyone being connected 24/7, is achieving work/life balance really just a pipe dream?  For most people it is more about creating a blend of the two, not necessarily creating two separate pieces in balance.  So instead of continually trying to achieve balance between the two, consider integration instead.  When you integrate your work with your life you are more likely to be happy and achieve success.

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Apr

2017

Quick Hits - April 12, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

OSHA investigative power circumscribed:  President Trump has signed H.J. Res. 83, a resolution of disapproval to nullify the Department of Labor's rule, "Clarification of Employer's Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness," according to an April 3 White House press release.
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