American Society of Employers
Instead of Competing with WFH – Embrace It!

1 November 2022

Instead of Competing with WFH – Embrace It!

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Many organizations have had to adjust their return to office plans due to employees revolting. Rather than compete with the home office, try embracing it by creating an office that builds off of what your employees love about working from home.

Cybersecurity – Is your Company Prepared?

18 October 2022

Cybersecurity – Is your Company Prepared?

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Businesses, both large and small, are increasingly reliant on the internet for daily operations, creating attractive and potentially lucrative targets for cyber criminals.  As a new era of work from anywhere is ushered in, traditional in-office firewalls don’t work.  A cyber attack can cripple any size company.

Cell Phones in the Workplace

4 October 2022

Cell Phones in the Workplace

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Cell phones in the workplace are a distraction that employers want to control and employees don’t want them to control.  The common statement by an employee is “what if I get an emergency call?  I cannot be unavailable to my . . .“ And what makes this worse is that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) generally sides with employees without regard to the practicalities involved.

Increase Inclusiveness by Recognizing Juneteenth in the Workplace

4 October 2022

Increase Inclusiveness by Recognizing Juneteenth in the Workplace

Author: Emily Fioravante

As you put together your 2023 holiday calendar, have you considered Juneteenth? Since June 2021, Juneteenth National Independence Day (“Juneteenth”) is recognized as a U.S. federal holiday.  According to a survey performed by Harvard Business Review, only 41% of U.S. workers were aware of Juneteenth prior to 2020.   Why the date, June 19th, you ask? On this date in the year 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Texas to announce that the Civil War was over, and...
Remote Workers and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

20 September 2022

Remote Workers and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Author: Michael Burns

A recent article published in CCH HRAnswersNow Expert Insights looks at the issue of FMLA coverage for remote workers. In this case, a person worked from their home which was well outside what could be reasonably considered within the coverage area of the FMLA.

Ins and Outs of Perfect Attendance Awards

13 September 2022

Ins and Outs of Perfect Attendance Awards

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Does your organization award perfect attendance?  Is it done on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis?  And what does perfect attendance mean exactly?  Perfect attendance needs to also take into account the variety of days that should still be counted towards perfect attendance without penalizing the employee for taking them.

Long COVID – Are Your Organization’s Policies Up to Date?

9 August 2022

Long COVID – Are Your Organization’s Policies Up to Date?

Author: Susan Chance

Employers have had to scramble over the last three years while dealing with COVID. Suddenly working from home was not a rare option but a required way to keep businesses going while keeping employees as safe as possible. Now that most companies and employees have found their groove in dealing with the pandemic, long COVID is creating new challenges for employers and the employees suffering from the symptoms.

Remote Work – One of the Most Important Benefits a Company Can Offer

26 July 2022

Remote Work – One of the Most Important Benefits a Company Can Offer

Author: Heather Nezich

MRA, one of ASE’s sister associations located in Wisconsin and Illinois, released the results of their latest Hot Topic Survey on Remote Work and Inflation.  The survey revealed that remote work has become one of the most valued benefits companies can offer.

Employers Are Exploring Expansion of Covered Abortion Services

19 July 2022

Employers Are Exploring Expansion of Covered Abortion Services

Author: Heather Nezich

Over one in four employers is exploring the expansion of covered abortion services, according to a new report from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The Post-Dobbs Employer Coverage: July 2022 Pulse Survey revealed current abortion coverage offerings and future considerations. When asked about making changes to current coverage for abortion services, employers responded with the following:

Court Affirms Importance of Correct Employee Handbook Policies

19 July 2022

Court Affirms Importance of Correct Employee Handbook Policies

Author: Michael Burns

Last month the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled against an employer that did not follow its employee handbook policies properly. The Court pointed to the importance not only of having an employee handbook but to set up the policies properly in order to achieve the true intent of what the employer wants from its handbook policies

SCOTUS Decision on Guns Compels Employer Review of Company Weapons Policy

12 July 2022

SCOTUS Decision on Guns Compels Employer Review of Company Weapons Policy

Author: Michael Burns

The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) finished its term this year with some decisions that though not directly impacting employers, does compel them to review their benefit plans and other select policies to ensure they stay up to date.

Is Unlimited PTO an Option Today?

5 July 2022

Is Unlimited PTO an Option Today?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With the holiday behind us and the pandemic winding its way leading to more normalcy, the ability to rest and essentially take it easy is creating an opportunity to recharge and become more productive.  With most organizations offering limited time off, depending on the number of years the employee has worked, time off can range from 10 days to 25 days according to ASE’s 2022 Michigan Policies & Practices Survey.

Increased Social Activism in the Workplace Compels a Review of Social Media and Other Employer Policies

28 June 2022

Increased Social Activism in the Workplace Compels a Review of Social Media and Other Employer Policies

Author: Michael Burns

Earlier this month a survey of 400 worldwide C-suite executives was conducted by Herbert Smith Freehills, LLP that found those executives foresee an unprecedented rise in workplace activism. The survey report found executives today are confronting employees articulating their views about not only workplace concerns and issues but on wider social issues. This worker activism is enabled and is consequentially amplified by social media.

Take a Vacation – It Could Save Your Life

7 June 2022

Take a Vacation – It Could Save Your Life

Author: Susan Chance

Many employers are investing in health programs for their employees. It could be offering to co-pay for a gym membership, providing online health support programs, or providing on-site fitness centers. However, one important health benefit that employers have offered for a long time is vacation time.

2022 National Policies & Practices Survey Results Published

10 May 2022

2022 National Policies & Practices Survey Results Published

Author: Jason Rowe

ASE recently published the results to its biennial Policies and Practices Survey. Survey results are broken into six major categories and are based on three employer sizes in both the National and Michigan (a subset of the national report) editions. Nearly 100 Michigan employers participated in the 2022 edition, and 189 questions were answered regarding human resource policies and employment practices.

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