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Sep

2019

Quick Hits - September 18, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Healthcare costs are rising about 5%: In 2020, the total cost of health care per employee, including premiums and out-of-pocket costs, is projected to rise to an average of $15,375 in 2020, according to recent research from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). 

10

Sep

2019

Conferences – Worth More Than a Day Out of the Office

Author: Susan Chance

We are all so busy at work that many days it is difficult to get away for a lunch break, so thinking about taking a full day or more off to attend a conference may seem impractical – perhaps even impossible. However, there are many benefits that come from attending conferences. Today’s world is ever changing at a rapid pace. Conferences are a great way to learn what’s new in your line of business.

10

Sep

2019

Worry About Layoff Causes Worker Anxiety

Author: Heather Nezich

According to the 2019 Layoff Anxiety Study published by CareerArc, an ASE Affinity Partner, 48% of employed Americans experience layoff anxiety. Of those, 34% say this is fueled by fear of a pending recession, 32% cite rumors around the office as the cause, and 30% say a recent round of workplace layoffs is to blame.

10

Sep

2019

Quick Hits - September 11, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

DOL to change FMLA forms: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division is proposing revisions to its notice of rights, certification, and designation forms under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  

3

Sep

2019

Quick Hits - September 4, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Continue using current I-9 until further notice:  Per USCIS, until further notice, employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available on I-9 Central, even after the expiration date of August 31, has passed.   Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Source:  USCIS.gov 8/28/19

27

Aug

2019

Quick Hits - August 28, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Hiring not as strong as previously reported by about 500,000 jobs: Turns out hiring wasn’t nearly as strong in 2018 and early 2019 as the government initially reported — by about a half-million jobs.  The economy had about 501,000 fewer jobs as of March 2019...

20

Aug

2019

Quick Hits - August 21, 2019

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Salary budgets may be static for 2020:  U.S. employees hoping for larger pay raises next year may be disappointed. A new survey by Willis Towers Watson reports that U.S. employers plan to hold the line on budgeted pay raises in 2020. 

13

Aug

2019

Quick Hits - August 14, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Vets 4212 season starting:  Federal contractors and subcontractors required to report VETS 4212 can start the reporting.  The portal is now open.

6

Aug

2019

Do You Have to be a Jerk to be Successful?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

When an employee is single-focused, demeaning at times, and generally not pleasant to be around, from a business standpoint, that person would likely be on the shortlist to termination.  Yet, many times they are not, especially when they are successful.  The greater the success, the more they are tolerated.

6

Aug

2019

Quick Hits - August 7, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Senate confirms EEOC Commissioner and legal Counsel:  In a voice vote on July 30, 2019 the Senate confirmed Virginia solo employment practitioner Sharon Fast Gustafson as general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition, EEOC member Charlotte Burrows was confirmed for a new four-year term.  

30

Jul

2019

Are You Doing Organizational Network Analysis?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

How difficult is it to find that employee who enhances the performance of others in the organization?  Employers are turning to organization network analysis to discover who these employees are.  These employees may not be the publicized or recognized leaders, but just those who make other employees do better. 

30

Jul

2019

Quick Hits - July 31, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Not taking a vacation? No one else is either: Paid time off can make an attractive retention tool, but it's being underutilized, according to a study conducted by WorldatWork.  A sizable percentage (37%) of employees do not use all of their PTO each year. 

23

Jul

2019

Quick Hits - July 24, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Eugene Scalia nominated for DOL Secretary:  President Donald Trump said Thursday he plans to tap Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Eugene Scalia to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, replacing the outgoing Labor chief Alexander Acosta.

16

Jul

2019

Quick Hits - July 17, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 Component 2 pay reporting began Monday: Click here for access to and more information on the reporting.

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...
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