It’s hard to tell by the weather we had last week, but it is spring. Spring is that time of year when we start to see that change from everything being gray and dirty, to becoming green and colorful with the flowers that start to grow. It is also time for spring cleaning. Most people think of giving their home a thorough cleaning, putting the winter accoutrements away, and generally getting things in order for the new season. But when is the last time you gave your background process a...
Recently, there’s been lots of discussions about the average work week of an American worker. As an industrialized nation, work-life policies in the U.S. tend to lag behind other industrialized nations. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the basic construct of our work week.
One of the most basic supervisory/human resource responsibilities should be documentation of performance and disciplinary actions; however, it is often the most neglected. Notes and write-ups as well as formal performance reviews need to be consistently conducted and maintained on record by the employer.
While Michigan employers are preparing for the new Michigan Paid Sick Leave Act that takes effect on March 29th, another paid leave benefit is on the rise. Employers offering paid parental leave benefits rose significantly between 2016 and 2018 according to SHRM. Employers offering paid maternity leave increased from 26% to 35% in 2018, and paid paternity leave increased from 21% to 29% during that same time period. Paid adoption leave increased from 20% to 28%, foster child...
With the passage of and impending enactment date (March 29, 2019) of Michigan’s new Paid Medical Leave Act, employers that are covered are hastily reviewing their existing vacation, sick, and personal time, as well as formal Paid Time Off benefits and policies to see how far off they may be from compliance with the new law.
One out of every three American adults currently are or previously have been in a workplace romance, according to a new poll released by SHRM—the Society for Human Resource Management. To help deal with the complications of workplace romance, many organizations implement love contracts.
Does your company effectively limit an employee’s right to sue? Michigan employers have the right to restrict the time an employee can bring wrongful employment practice claims under Michigan law. This may be accomplished through the use of a simple Limitation of Actions clause. The typical Limitation of Actions term states:
Many organizations found themselves unprepared for the record cold that gripped the Midwest for days last week. Inclement weather can have a serious impact on an employer’s productivity, be it managing employees who can’t make it into work due to heavy snowfalls or school closings, or trying to figure out whether to send employees home early due to an approaching blizzard or closing the office and allowing telecommuting due to the bitter cold.
Employer law suits have increased over the years. And whether legitimate or not, they cost employers time and money. Many of these lawsuits are not triggered by blatant abuse of employment laws, but rather simple managerial mistakes.
In 1978 Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). The first clause of the PDA specifies that Title VII's prohibition against sex discrimination applies to discrimination "because of or on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions." The PDA's second clause states that employers must treat "women affected by pregnancy . . . the same for all employment-related purposes . . . as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or...
Late Thursday, Governor Snyder signed the Minimum Wage law (SB 1171) that takes Michigan’s minimum wage to a maximum of $12.05/hr. in 2030 and removed the future indexing of the minimum wage to inflation. He also signed the Earned Sick Time law (SB 1175) that implements paid time off for employee or family member illness, injury, domestic violence, and sexual assault. The new law applies to employers with over 50 employees.
While the holidays are a wonderful time of the year to let down your hair, blow off some steam, and boost morale within the office, employers must be cautious about legal liability that can result from sexual harassment complaints, drunken driving accidents, and property damage arising out of a holiday party. According to a recent survey released by consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., fewer U.S. companies are celebrating with holiday parties this year with only 65% of...
Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana by a vote of 56% to 44%. What does that mean for Michigan employers? The preliminary data from ASE’s Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey provides insight into employers’ first thoughts on where their policies and practices currently stand and what changes, if any, they are considering.
Is your organization struggling in this new era of full-employment? According to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco the U.S. is now at full employment. And while most would look at full employment as a good thing, it does bring with it some challenges. Notably, a lack of qualified talent and meeting the demand to increase salaries in order to attract and retain talent, to name a few.
Flu season has arrived and one of the biggest hazards might be your own employees, or you. Why? People coming to work sick, otherwise known as presenteeism. According to an office team survey 70% of workers admit to frequently going to work sick.