American Society of Employers
ASE Announces Results of 2023 ASE Compensation Survey

7 June 2023

ASE Announces Results of 2023 ASE Compensation Survey

Author: Heather Nezich

ASE, Michigan’s largest employer association supporting its members with Everything HR, has released the findings of its 2023 ASE Compensation Survey.  The full results were presented at the Michigan Pay & Economic Briefing that took place June 6th in Troy.

Voluntary Benefits can Help Attract and Retain Talent

5 June 2023

Voluntary Benefits can Help Attract and Retain Talent

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Voluntary benefits are services or products offered by employers, often at discounted rates, as a perk of employment. Employers can provide benefits that employees want, while employees will have a variety of insurance options available in one convenient place and as the name implies, it is optional to purchase.

Unlimited Time Off: Exploring the Pros and Cons

23 May 2023

Unlimited Time Off: Exploring the Pros and Cons

Author: Emily Fioravante

In recent years, the concept of unlimited time off has gained attention as a progressive approach to employee vacation policies. This innovative policy grants employees the flexibility to take as much time off as they need, without strict limitations. While it may sound appealing, it is essential to examine the advantages and disadvantages of unlimited time off to understand its potential impact on employees and organizations alike.

New York City Enforcement of AI Bias Audit Law Starts July 5th

9 May 2023

New York City Enforcement of AI Bias Audit Law Starts July 5th

Author: Anthony Kaylin

New York City is deferring enforcement of its first-in-the-nation regulation of the use of AI-driven hiring tools (Local Law 144 of 2021), which was initially slated to go into effect on January 1, 2023. The law is actually in effect currently, but enforcement has been deferred to July 5, 2023.  The delay in enforcement was announced by the city’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection in an update as part of the publication of a final rule implementing Local Law 144. ...
CEO Lambasts Staff Asking About Bonuses – Shows the Purpose of Bonus Programs are Sometimes Forgotten and Often Misunderstood

25 April 2023

CEO Lambasts Staff Asking About Bonuses – Shows the Purpose of Bonus Programs are Sometimes Forgotten and Often Misunderstood

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the CEO of MillerKnoll Inc. made some news for telling employees to leave “pity city” because they were concerned about whether they would receive any bonuses due to the fact it appeared the company would be short about $26 million toward their financial goal for the year. Ms. Andi Owen posted a video to her employees stating, “Spend your time and your effort thinking about the $26 million we need, and not thinking about what you are going to do if you don’t...
Unemployment Tax Rules for Out-of-State Employers

25 April 2023

Unemployment Tax Rules for Out-of-State Employers

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Remote work offers companies and employees more flexibility. We’re no longer limited by geography. Technology makes it easy to collaborate across the entire country. However, the complex issues that arise with out-of-state employees can be a barrier to nationwide hiring practices—and failure to comply can result in large fines and fees.

Compensation and Other Factors That Affect Employee Retention

18 April 2023

Compensation and Other Factors That Affect Employee Retention

Author: Heather Nezich

Employee compensation is a critical factor in employee retention. When employees feel that they are being fairly compensated for their work, they are more likely to stay with their current employer. However, compensation is not just about salary, but also includes benefits, incentives, and other forms of rewards.

Pay Transparency May Come to Michigan

18 April 2023

Pay Transparency May Come to Michigan

Author: Michael Burns

Pay transparency is the employer practice of disclosing information about employee compensation standards to others — internally, externally, or both. States and municipalities across the country have enacted or are considering implementation of laws and ordinances that require employers to provide pay data information to the public when putting out hiring notices or when requested by candidates seeking employment.
Can You Afford to Retire?

18 April 2023

Can You Afford to Retire?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Can you afford to retire?  Many think not. Bills have to be paid and cash is at a premium, especially in this inflationary time.  Moreover, although many have stayed the course, and over the pandemic saved more, investments have taken a major hit.  Add the fact concerning all the articles predicting the bankruptcy of Social Security (which is unlikely) and the belief by the younger generations that it won’t be there when they reach the age of retirement, there is a...
Keep an Eye on Worker FLSA Exempt Classification This Year

11 April 2023

Keep an Eye on Worker FLSA Exempt Classification This Year

Author: Michael Burns

Employers should be prepared to review their exempt positions for proper Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) classification. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that despite an oil rig worker making over $200,000 a year and being a supervisor, that position was non-exempt and entitled to overtime pay for weeks worked in excess of 40 hours.

Can You Dock PTO Without Violating the FLSA?

4 April 2023

Can You Dock PTO Without Violating the FLSA?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The 3rd Circuit Federal Court of Appeals recently reviewed the question of whether paid time off (PTO) is considered part of the salary of an employee.  Specifically, does the docking of PTO violate the salary basis requirement for exempt employees under the FLSA?  The court said no.

Does Your Company Offer Volunteer Time Off?

28 March 2023

Does Your Company Offer Volunteer Time Off?

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Are your employees passionate about a cause or do they want to volunteer at their kids’ reading day for an hour?  Then it’s time you look at offering VTO – Volunteer Time Off.  It is proven to improve employee engagement and productivity.  It is also great for your brand.

Does Military Leave Have to be Paid?

21 March 2023

Does Military Leave Have to be Paid?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

If an employee goes off on military leave, is the leave paid or unpaid?  It depends on how the company covers other comparable leaves for non-military reasons.

Dealing with Intermittent FMLA

14 March 2023

Dealing with Intermittent FMLA

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Intermittent FMLA is one of the most difficult issues for HR professionals.  It can be difficult to manage, and personal liability could attach if they interfere with FMLA leave.  Therefore, a conservative approach is recommended.  However, a recent Federal 6th Circuit of Appeals case (which covers Michigan) may provide some helpful guidance.

Triumph of the 4-Day Work Week: UK and U.S. Studies Suggest Overwhelming Success

28 February 2023

Triumph of the 4-Day Work Week: UK and U.S. Studies Suggest Overwhelming Success

Author: Kevin Marrs

Just as companies have adapted to remote work, a new development in workplace flexibility may be on the horizon: the four-day work week. In fact, two recent studies have shown that this work arrangement could offer significant benefits for both employers and employees.

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