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21

Feb

2017

Stop Putting Employees in A, B, or C Silos

Author: Heather Nezich

What good has ever come from labeling others?  Does is seem to right to label a student “stupid” or “lazy” or “average”?  If we label them that, aren’t they likely to only perform at that level?  Do we unconsciously not encourage them to do better once we’ve labeled them?  It’s the same with employees.  Labeling your employees as “A”, “B”, and “C” players can be very detrimental...

21

Feb

2017

Quick Hits - February 22, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

New DOL Secretary nominee: Law school dean R. Alexander Acosta, who was a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, one-time National Labor Relations Board member and the first Hispanic to ascend to the top of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, was nominated by President Trump to serve as Secretary of Labor.

21

Feb

2017

Terminated for Taking a Stale Cake

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Les Misérables follows the story of Jean Valjean who spent 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister and her family who was starving.  After stealing once more when freed, he is chased by the formidable Inspector Javert.  A bittersweet ending, Valjean is found to be a hero and honorable man.  Similar to a loaf of bread, a stale cake is the centerpiece of a recent termination case, but the story is not as dramatic.  

21

Feb

2017

Still Having Hiring Challenges? It Might be Time to Take a Hard Look in the Mirror

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

You may have noticed a marked increase in radio advertisements by the job posting service ZipRecruiter over the past several months.  According to the website, Inside Radio, the firm launched a major advertising campaign late last year which eventually elevated it to the number two ranking among national advertisers in spots purchased, second only to GEICO.  While reviews appear mixed about the tool’s true efficacy, the dramatic increase in marketing points to significant...

21

Feb

2017

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals' Decisions Continue to Roll in Favor of Employers

Author: Michael Burns

Some of the most frustrating and expensive lawsuits are where employees run up medical related absences without seeming end. When the employer terminates them, they sue. Last week EPTW reported on the Sixth Circuit upholding an employer’s discharge of an employee that failed to properly give notice under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Court deferred to the employer’s proper execution of its attendance notification policy and upheld the discharge. This week the Sixth...

14

Feb

2017

US High Court Postpones Class Action Waiver Case Until Next Term

Author: Michael Burns

The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced last week that they would not hear the case asking its position on whether the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) restricts employers from requiring workers to waive their right to pursue a class action lawsuit and go to arbitration individually instead. 

14

Feb

2017

Quick Hits - February 15, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Retroactive leniency not a reasonable accommodation: An employee with Type I Diabetes was working as a call center representative for Southwestern Bell.  The employee took medical leave several times in 2009 and 2010 for diabetes-related health issues. 

14

Feb

2017

Office Romance is in the Air

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to Career Builder’s annual Valentine’s Day survey, office romance is in the air in the workplace and at a 10 year high.  The 2017 survey results reveal that 41% of employees have dated a co-worker, up from 37% percent last year and the highest rate since 2007.  Close to one third (30%) of those office relationships led to marriage, which is keeping on par with last year’s findings.  

14

Feb

2017

Money Isn’t Everything!

Author: Jason Rowe

In ASE’s soon to be released 2016 Quarterly Economic and Employment Survey – 4th Quarter we are continuing to see the number one reason employees are leaving their organization are for better advancement and promotion opportunities. Compensation doesn’t even make the top three reasons why employees leave. As HR professionals it should come as no shock that it is not the money (or lack thereof) that is driving employees away, it is the other (mostly free) things that...

14

Feb

2017

Failing to Follow Notification Requirements Kills FMLA Claim

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It has long been an issue of whether an employee must follow a process to report absenteeism, in particular for FMLA purposes.  The question for many FMLA retaliation cases revolved around whether the employee gave timely sufficient notice to the employer even though the notification policy was not followed.   For example, a manager may know of an employee’s need for FMLA leave and fail to tell HR.  Later, the employee is disciplined for absenteeism.  The fact...

14

Feb

2017

Are Remote Workers Less Engaged?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to Global Workforce Analytics 3.7 million employees now work from home at least half the time.  In addition, Gallup reports that 37% of US workers say they have telecommuted at some point in their career.  This is four times greater than just 9% back in 1995.  With the growing population of telecommuters, are these workers feeling less connected and isolated?  

7

Feb

2017

A New Approach to Employee Engagement

Author: Heather Nezich

Employers want their employees to bring their whole selves and full potential to work every day.  But the truth is, many employees are running on empty most of the time.  In order for employers to have a real effect on their employees, they must create programs that go beyond “wellness” and contribute to the employee’s total “wellbeing.”

7

Feb

2017

Will H-1B and Other Work Visa Rules Change?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

President Trump is considering an Executive Order (EO) to modify the current H-1B system.  During his candidacy he expressed the view that the H-1B system was subject to abuse and needed revamping.  “These are temporary foreign workers, imported from abroad, for the explicit purpose of substituting for American workers at lower pay,” Candidate Trump said in a statement last March. “I remain totally committed to eliminating rampant, widespread H-1B...

7

Feb

2017

Update Your Policy - New OSHA Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy Regulation is in Effect

Author: Michael Burns

On December 1, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented a new rule in part limiting mandatory post-accident/injury drug testing. The broader final rule targeted alleged retaliatory actions by employers (mandatory post-accident drug testing being one of them) for exercising rights protected by OSHA and its regulations. One reported reason OSHA promulgated a rule was to curb the pro-safety practice of drug and alcohol testing in the event of any accident or...

7

Feb

2017

How to Build an Effective Sourcing Strategy

Author: Emily Joseph

It may be of little surprise that in a competitive labor market, speed is a key factor in filling a firm’s open positions.  Often, a recruiter’s first instinct is to post a new vacancy on job boards, LinkedIn, or their corporation’s website, and then wait for responses.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, applicants who are actively seeking new opportunities, such as those who would reply to a job posting, make up only 14% of potential job...

7

Feb

2017

Quick Hits - February 8, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Michigan unemployment contribution rates for 2017:  Contribution rates for employers with three or more years of experience will continue to range from 0.06% to 10.3% in 2017.

31

Jan

2017

Attracting Young Workers into Manufacturing Careers

Author: Heather Nezich

Over the next ten years, there could be a vast shortage of manufacturing employees – up to 2 million.  This is due to a shortage of qualified workers and the 2.7 million workers that are expected to retire in the next decade.  In addition, it’s projected that 700,000 new jobs will result from business growth.  The manufacturing industry needs to find a way to attract today’s youth to manufacturing careers and the educational system needs to work with...

31

Jan

2017

Quick Hits - February 1, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

OSHA form 300A needs to be posted by February 1:  Employers that are required to keep OSHA Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, are reminded that OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, needs to be posted from February 1 to April 30 each year.

31

Jan

2017

Caution! HR and Payroll Departments Targets of W-2 Scam

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Human Resource and payroll departments should be aware of an IRS alert that was released on January 25, 2017 providing information about an email phishing scam making its way across the country.  The scam originated last year, and the goal of the scam is to gain access to personal information contained on employee W-2 forms.  Cybercriminals will send an email to an HR or payroll department using a corporate officer’s name (such as the company CEO), and request a list of...

31

Jan

2017

Do Performance Reviews Lead to Improvements or Tears?

Author: Pebbles,Sara

A study completed by Adobe last month found that performance reviews are not having the affect that managers may think. After surveying 1,500 employees in the United States they found that almost 90% have regularly scheduled performance reviews. Of those employees, more than half said that the reviews have little to no impact on how they perform their job and even went so far as to say that the reviews are just a needless HR requirement.

31

Jan

2017

Employees Engaging In Political Activism – Employer Guidelines

Author: Michael Burns

What, if anything, can an employer do if politics and political discourse begin to disrupt the workplace? Post-election anxiety and tensions continue to run high and corresponding political discourse is winding its way into the workplace in one form or another. Can an employer squelch political discussion? Should they? What about employee political action outside the workplace?

31

Jan

2017

Bullying in the Workforce

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Workplace bullying is way more common than it should be.  Research from the University of Phoenix revealed that over 75% of employees surveyed have experienced workplace bullying – either as a witness or a victim.  It’s important to be aware of the signs within your organization so that you can recognize when bullying is occurring and stop it in its tracks.

24

Jan

2017

Quick Hits - January 25, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

IRS publishes payroll tax calendar for 2017: The IRS has issued Publication 509, Tax Calendars for 2017. The Employer’s Tax Calendar contained within the publication lists important due dates for the various returns, reports and statements employers must file and for making monthly and quarterly deposits of taxes throughout the year.

24

Jan

2017

The Six-Hour Workday Experiment and Its Results

Author: Heather Nezich

After a two-year government study on 6-hour work days that took place in Sweden, the results are in.  While employees proved to be happier, employer costs were higher.  Is the increase in cost worth it?

24

Jan

2017

Recruiters are Watching

Author: Keisha Ward

If you ever feel like you are being watched, you are probably right! A recent survey conducted by Jobvite revealed that recruiters spend a great deal of time reviewing social media accounts.  Careerbuilder.com says using social media to screen candidates has increased by 500% over the last decade and will continue to grow.

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