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18

Jul

2017

HR Staff Ratios are Growing

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to data issued by Bloomberg BNA in its "HR Department Benchmarks and Analysis 2017" report the size of HR departments is growing.  Their report, which includes benchmark data from nearly 700 HR professionals of U.S. employers, suggests that the median ratio of HR staff to total employee headcount is at an all-time high of 1.4 full-time equivalent HR employees for every 100 workers served by the HR department.

18

Jul

2017

Quick Hits - July 19, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Senate Health Bill 1.2 and repeal of Obamacare both dead, but not buried:  Four Republican senators have publically opposed the updated senate health care bill.  

18

Jul

2017

Employer Gets Relief from Separation Agreement Typo

Author: Michael Burns

Oopsy daisy! In the process of permanently laying off a group of employees after Defendant-company was purchased, the terminated employees all received separation pay as part a legally executed separation agreement. Courtesy of a typo in one particular agreement, instead of getting 34 weeks of pay amounting to $80,805.97 as was intended, the Plaintiff’s agreement stated he would get $80,805.97 per week for 34 weeks amounting to a very generous, but erroneous $2,747,400 separation...

18

Jul

2017

Are Americans Finally Using Their Vacation Time?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to the Project: Time Off report, The State of the American Vacation 2017, it appears that Americans might finally be starting to use their vacation time.  For years, vacation time usage has been on the decline in the U.S., but the 2017 report shows some optimistic results.

18

Jul

2017

A First: Google Beats OFCCP on Access to Records Case

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In a highly unusual victory by the employer, Google beat back the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) attempt to force them to respond to an exhaustive data request.  The case started as a regularly scheduled compliance review of Google’s headquarters by letter dated September 20, 2015.  In the course of the audit indicators arose.  Google had a $600,000 federal contract with the General Services Administration it won in 2014.  

11

Jul

2017

Quick Hits - July 12, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Number of organizations calling for federal paid sick leave: Some 340 organizations across the U.S. penned a letter to members of Congress urging their members to "commit[] to support a strong, responsible national paid family and medical leave policy and reject harmful alternatives." 

11

Jul

2017

U.S. DOL Walks a Fine Line as it “Walks Back” Overtime Rules

Author: Michael Burns

The US Department of Labor (DOL) is working toward rescinding its judicially enjoined overtime rules. These rules were published during the Obama Administration and dramatically increased the exemption salary level test from $433/week up to $913/week.  It was intended to reduce the number of jobs that could be classified non-exempt by employers.  

11

Jul

2017

To Ask or Not to Ask

Author: Heather Nezich

The salary history question has become quite controversial in recent months, and some cities and states have created laws around it.  It used to be an expected question during the interview process, but there is debate over whether the question is a fair one and could cause pay inequality to prevail as women progress through their careers.

11

Jul

2017

Is Agile Management the Future?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Productivity, collaboration and innovation is a difficult proposition for many employers.  For those employers that have telecommuters, many have used and/or developed internal tools from Instant Messaging to blogs to internal LinkedIn type pages to encourage teamwork, camaraderie, and innovation within the workplace.  However, the tide appears to be turning.

11

Jul

2017

Beware of False Knowledge

Author: Chance,Susan

You have spent time and resources looking for just the right candidate for your open position. You finally found the person you want to hire, but there is still the background process to go through. You get the final report.  Something came up on your applicant’s background check, now what? As stated by George Bernard Shaw, “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” What does the warning from Mr. Shaw have to do with the background report? An item...

11

Jul

2017

Amazon Prime Day – The Latest Cybershopping Headache for Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

If Cyber Monday during the holidays isn’t bad enough with on-line shopping distracting employees and impacting productivity, now employers have to deal with the latest online shopping “holiday” mid-year with Amazon Prime Day.  For those who aren’t familiar with Amazon Prime Day, it is the mid-summer sales equivalent of Christmas in July.

27

Jun

2017

Better Sleep Equals Better Business

Author: Heather Nezich

How long did you sleep last night?  If you’re like 83% of U.S. workers, not enough.  While the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, only 17% say they actually get that full amount according to a recent Career Builder survey.  60% feel that the lack of sleep negatively affects their work.

27

Jun

2017

Quick Hits - June 28, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Limited travel ban upheld by Supreme Court: The Supreme Court agreed last Monday to allow a limited version of President Trump’s ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect and in the fall will consider the president’s broad powers in immigration matters in a case that raises fundamental issues of national security and religious discrimination.

27

Jun

2017

How to Turn Recruiters Into Business Partners

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

The terms “human resources” and “business partner” have become increasingly enjoined over the years, as organizations have awakened to the value of aligning HR expertise with the strategy and daily operations of the core business.  Yet, among the many HR functions, recruiters may not be viewed—or view themselves—as having a true partnership relationship with the hiring managers they support.  Talent Acquisition is a critical function, but without...

27

Jun

2017

MIOSHA Fine Maximums to Increase Under New Bill

Author: Michael Burns

The republicans, who control the Michigan State Senate, introduced legislation last Wednesday to increase MIOSHA fines to maintain parity with the federal OSHA fine maximums. Why would our business friendly legislature do this? It appears not by choice, but by necessity, if MIOSHA is to remain compliant and independent from federal OSHA oversite.

27

Jun

2017

How the Repeal of Obamacare Could Affect Employers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The Senate Bill for the repeal of the ACA was introduced Thursday, June 22nd.  The bill is very similar to the House bill. However, both the House and Senate bills would likely lead to higher cost healthcare policies with reduced benefits.  For example, both the House and Senate bills allow states to reduce the number of essential health benefits that policies would be required to cover, thus leading to a cap on costs on formerly essential benefits, such as maternity benefits.

20

Jun

2017

Quick Hits - June 21, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

New interviewing technique - 140 characters or less: Talking with recruiters is already stressful enough by phone—and now there’s a startup that wants to make it easier and more enticing by using the language many younger people prefer: text messages.

20

Jun

2017

Website Title III ADA Violation Impacts Employers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Although seemingly far-fetched, a lawsuit which hit grocer Winn-Dixie concerning accessibility to its website should make HR take notice.  A federal trial court in Florida ruled that Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the ADA by having a website that was not useable by plaintiff Juan Carlos Gil to download coupons, order prescriptions, and find store locations.  Mr. Gil is blind and uses screen reader software to access websites.  The judge ordered injunctive relief, including a...

20

Jun

2017

Department of Labor’s “Persuader” Rules Being Rescinded

Author: Michael Burns

Under the Obama Administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor (DOL), two sets of rules intended to tip the scales in favor of labor organizing were published in 2011 – the Quickie Election Rules and the Persuader Rules.  One of them is going away.

20

Jun

2017

Do you Celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Friday, June 23rd is the 19th annual “Take Your Dog to Work Day” and many employers will be recognizing the day by allowing their employees to bring Fido into the office. Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTW Day) was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1999. PSI created the day to encourage businesses to allow dogs in the workplace for one Friday each year to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups, and humane...

20

Jun

2017

Lights Out! Now What?

Author: Jason Rowe

Summer is here, the sun is out, the wind is blowing and there is not a lot to worry about. That is until the next summer thunderstorm rolls in and the office loses power. Do you know what your next steps would be or how other businesses react in a similar situation? ASE’s 2017 Business Disruption and Disaster Planning Survey reveals how local companies handle business disruptions like the power outage event this past March or more recently the boil water event in Livonia.

20

Jun

2017

Online Persona vs. Resume – Which Wins?

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by CareerBuilder reveals that 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring.  Just one year ago that number was only 60%.  Is a person’s online persona becoming as important as their resume?

13

Jun

2017

Quick Hits - June 14, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

DOL Secretary Acosta defends Trump’s proposed Labor budget: Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta gave wide-ranging testimony on the agency’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. 

13

Jun

2017

Do Ban-the-Box Laws Work as Intended?

Author: Chance,Susan

Ban-the-Box laws were instituted with the idea that by delaying the point in the hiring process in which an employer can ask an applicant about conviction history, the applicants would have a fair chance at gaining employment, but do the laws work? 

13

Jun

2017

Failure to Communicate Leads to FMLA Liability

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Under FMLA regulations, employers are required to provide multiple types of notices to the employee, when the employee requests FMLA leave.  One of those notices is to provide the employee with information about the amount of time available under FMLA leave.   Failure to do so could lead to unintended consequences for the employer.
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