15 December 2020
In-house General Counsels were surveyed recently by Morrison & Foerster LLP, and responses indicate that many are bracing for an influx of employment related litigation resulting from the COVID health crisis. 90% of the 80 General Counsel surveyed at global corporations saw wrongful employment practice litigation as the biggest legal risk they foresee.
1 December 2020
According to the latest U.S. Census report on employment characteristics on families, of the nation's 82.6 million families, 33.4 million families, or two-fifths of all families, included children under age 18. At least one parent was employed in 91.3% of families with children. Among married-couple families with children, 97.5% had at least one employed parent in 2019, and 64.2% had both parents employed.
24 November 2020
As a general par for course, many organizations routinely use a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) in settlements of discrimination claims. What the NDA includes are confidentiality provisions and nondisparagement clauses to settle discrimination and other workplace complaints.
3 November 2020
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) was enacted in March 2020 which expanded both medical leave and the Family Medical Leave Act – providing both as paid leave. This legislation is also known as the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLA”). The law impacted employers with 500 or less employees, and it was just for the calendar year 2020.
15 September 2020
When employees, especially sales people, have access to various electronic devices, databases, and documents from an organization, at what point does a company have a right under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to bring a case against an exiting employee for computer fraud?
4 August 2020
The case for reopening schools and day care centers during the pandemic is strong. However, reopening schools also means exposing more kids to the virus, which could mean 14-day quarantines for families. What does this mean for employees and employers?
21 July 2020
Employee interest in paid time off or paid leave banks has increased during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent ASE poll, 25% of organizations have a PTO donation program.
14 July 2020
Do you know what your employees have been up to during the four months of the stay-at-home order? If you are watching the news, you know that a lot of people have been up to protesting, sharing their views on wearing masks, and sharing political views.
14 July 2020
In May EPTW published an article conjecturing that employers would likely face masking issues involving inappropriate images and messages on worker face wear. We stressed, for the most part, that employers have control over what employees wear in the workplace unless overridden by formal federal or state safety and health regulation or a collective bargaining agreement.
7 July 2020
Summer means vacation time in Michigan. ASE is receiving many questions regarding what happens when employees return from their trips.
19 May 2020
Although employers will be implementing many new safety and health practices in the coming weeks and months, there will also be employee relations challenges as a result. Some employees will come back believing that wearing a face mask at work is a request not a requirement. Some may even take rules requiring wearing a face mask as a political challenge or an afront to their personal liberties. Employers will need to be ready to communicate why the employee cannot ignore or refuse to comply...
21 April 2020
ASE has turned its Coronavirus resourcing toward returning to work. In the coming days and weeks, ASE will be putting out resources and webinars to help employers prepare for their restart/re-opening. Much of this will be about safety. One safety recommendation is face masking.
17 March 2020
Employers are taking quick action to keep their employees safe from COVID-19 (Coronoavirus). According to the March study of 1,097 adults, a third of respondents say their organizations have a plan in place they are confident about and 43% have a basic plan—even if it is "hastily assembled". Most plans center on remote work and travel restrictions. Specifically:
10 March 2020
As of March 11, it is reported that the global death toll from the virus is now around 4,300. COVID-19 has infected over 119,500 people across the world and spread to more than 80 countries and territories so far. There have been 30 reported deaths in the United States with over 1,000 reported cases. Two cases are now being reported in Michigan (Wayne County – domestic travel identified and currently in isolation; Oakland County – international travel identified and...
18 February 2020
ASE is monitoring Michigan’s experience with recreational marijuana and its impact on the workplace. Though not providing too much in the way of new information a recent article provided by CCH Ideas and Trends puts a finer point on employer compliance responsibilities in states where recreational marijuana use is legal.