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16

Oct

2018

On Demand Pay Apps – A New Tool to Help with Employee Retention

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

With unemployment hitting record lows and the war for talent only getting more intense, employers are constantly on the hunt for ways to increase employee attraction and retention.  As a way for organizations to set themselves apart from other competitors, some employers have rolled out a new benefit called an “on-demand” pay app.  It allows employees to access a portion of the wages they have already earned without having to wait for payday.  Employers that have...

16

Oct

2018

What is the Difference Between an Offer Letter and an Employment Contract?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Although an offer letter and an employment contract have similarities, they are very different.  An offer letter has very basic terms and conditions of employment, generally subject to completion of a successful background check and/or medical exam, and states that employment is at-will.  In other words, the employee can walk anytime, although notice requirement is requested, and the employer can terminate for any reason at any time. This term will likely prevent, in a dispute...

16

Oct

2018

Why So Many Managers Have Poor Listener Syndrome

Author: Heather Nezich

The same qualities that describe a good listener, describe a good leader: respect, concern, an openness to new ideas, empathy, compassion, curiosity, trust, loyalty, and receptivity.  However, one of the lowest rated behaviors in 360-feedback surveys for managers is listening.

16

Oct

2018

Using Criminal Checks in Background Screening

Author: Susan Chance

More and more employers are using background screening as part of the employment process. This is important for protecting employees as well as the company. These days we see acts of violence happening in the work place far too often in the news. We also see more litigation against employers based not only on what they knew, but what they should have known, so it is logical that background screening is important.

16

Oct

2018

Quick Hits - October 17, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

No changes to 2019 W-4: In a move that is likely to elicit a collective sigh of relief from payroll professionals, the IRS has announced that it will not be making major changes to the 2019 version of Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. 

16

Oct

2018

Illinois Employee Reinstated Contrary to Company No Gun Policy

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals re-instated an employee terminated because while arguing with his supervisor he allegedly made threatening remarks. It was also known the employee carried concealed weapons on his person or in his vehicle. This would be in breach of the company’s workplace violence policy that prohibits employees from possessing unauthorized weapons in the workplace. Several days later representatives of the company along with a union representative and a...

9

Oct

2018

Could the Future of Healthcare be Referenced Based Pricing Programs?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With health care costs growing more than two times the rate of inflation consistently over the years, and employers growing weary of increasing deductibles and cost shares, an old idea has resurfaced for employers:  Referenced Based Pricing (RBP) programs.  Under Obamacare, the transparency of costs among providers has become more commonplace, thereby enabling these types of programs.

9

Oct

2018

The Effect of Workplace Drama on Your Bottomline and How to Stop It

Author: Heather Nezich

Drama – every workplace has it.  It can be annoying, but it can also cause bigger problems, including a loss to the bottom line.

9

Oct

2018

Are Your Employees Ready for Open Enrollment?

Author: Sara Pebbles

According to UnitedHealthcare’s 2018 Consumer Sentiment Survey, 77% of respondents with health benefits said they felt prepared to select their health plan during the upcoming open enrollment.  When looking at the different generations in the workforce, 81% of Baby Boomers felt prepared as well as 80% of Gen Xers. However, the Millennials reported feeling the least certain of the three generations with only 69% reporting that they are prepared.

9

Oct

2018

Employee Arbitration Agreements are Back

Author: Michael Burns

With last Spring’s Supreme Court Epic Systems Corp. ruling that upheld class action waivers and arbitration as a legal dispute resolution process, employers are once again free to require employees to sign alternative dispute resolutions agreements.

9

Oct

2018

Quick Hits - October 10, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Is health care becoming an unaffordable benefit for employers? Nationally, annual premiums rose 5% to $19,616 for an employer-provided family plan in 2018, according to the yearly poll of employers by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. 

2

Oct

2018

Quick Hits - October 3, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Are you a good employer for working mothers? Working Mother revealed its annual list of the 2018 “100 Best Companies,” celebrating companies that lead in the areas of female career advancement, paid parental leave, childcare assistance, benefits, and flextime. 

2

Oct

2018

U.S. Supreme Court has Five Employment/Labor Cases Lined up for Decision This Term

Author: Michael Burns

The current term of the U.S. Supreme Court starts this week. It will start with eight justices that are pretty evenly split in their judicial philosophies - conservative vs. liberal. If a new justice appointment is delayed, some of these decisions may hang in the balance.

2

Oct

2018

Employee Wellbeing as a Retention and Engagement Strategy

Author: Heather Nezich

The number of job openings continues to exceed the number of job seekers in the U.S., forcing employers to reexamine their strategies for hiring and retaining top employees. Employee wellbeing is a key aspect that employers need to pay attention to when looking at retention strategies.

2

Oct

2018

Tips for Managing Workplace Gossip

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to a study from the University of Amsterdam published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 90% of office conversations qualify as gossip. That means we all have probably been guilty at one point or another of either participating in or being an enabler of workplace gossip.  When we think of workplace gossip, most of us imagine hallway or watercooler type conversations, but surprisingly research at the Georgia Institute of Technology concluded that gossip even makes up...

2

Oct

2018

Recruit New Grads with Unique Benefit Options

Author: Keisha Ward

In the past, companies were able to offer college graduates a decent job consisting of a few weeks of vacation, healthcare benefits, and a 401(k) plan. Today, the needs of new college graduates are unique and to attract them, companies must consider evolving their plans.

2

Oct

2018

Should an HR Rep be Fired for Allegedly Helping an Employee Sue the Company?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Andrea Gogel was hired in 2008 to be the manager of the Team Relations Department of Kia Motors Manufacturing of Georgia, Inc.  During her time at Kia, Gogel heard many complaints about how women and Americans were treated at the Korean owned company. She believed she experienced similar treatment herself, and in her view, had been denied a promotion because she is a woman and an American.  She investigated these complaints and followed Kia’s procedure.   In 2009 Kia...

25

Sep

2018

Senate Bill 2155 Amends the FCRA

Author: Susan Chance

Senate Bill 2155 was enacted to provide protections and improvements for consumers regarding financial transactions such as credit, mortgages, and student loans. This bill also changes the way some institutions such as banks and credit unions do business, and it amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), adding a new section, 605A(i). The FCRA governs background verifications, and there are some important changes that any employer running backgrounds through Credit Reporting Agencies must...

25

Sep

2018

Employee Use of Recording Devices at Work

Author: Michael Burns

With the disclosure that Omarosa Manigualt Newman, former Director of Communications for Trump’s Office of Public Liaison and Apprentice show contestant, recorded conversations, including her termination from employment in supposedly one of the most secure places on earth, a common employer has to wonder what kind of unauthorized recordings could occur unbeknownst to them. Is there any recourse they might have if an employee records a sensitive conversation for use at a future...

25

Sep

2018

Workplace Productivity Trends - Are Employees More Productive in the Office or at Home?

Author: Heather Nezich

Jabra, the global leader in audio and communication technology, recently revealed the top workplace productivity trends for 2018. The trends are based on a survey among business professionals in the U.S., UK, Germany, and France.

25

Sep

2018

OFCCP Issues Two New Directives: Transparency and Ombud service

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In the last month, OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance) has been very active issuing a number of directives. Two new ones were released last week.

25

Sep

2018

Quick Hits - September 26, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Why a student loan assistance program would be a great attraction/retention tool: A 2018 study from student loan management company IonTuition found that 75% of respondents would rather their employer offer monthly contributions to their student loans over 401(k) benefits. 

18

Sep

2018

Quick Hits - September 19, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Did you know? The number of job openings hit the highest level on record. The U.S. now has 11 job openings per 10 unemployed persons.  While job openings have been rising across the economy, manufacturing, construction, hotels, and restaurants had the highest increases in recent months.  The biggest issue for employers is quality of hire.  Source:  The Wall Street Journal 9/12/18

18

Sep

2018

The Opioid Epidemic – What To Do When You Have Reasonable Suspicion

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—has become a national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse in the United States is $78.5 billion a year,...

18

Sep

2018

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Proposes Joint Employer Rule

Author: Michael Burns

Last Friday the NLRB published proposed rules that will roll back the previous NLRB’s stringent test for determining whether affiliated businesses are joint employers or not.

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