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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

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?

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Department of Labor’s “Persuader” Rules Being Rescinded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

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.

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.

13

Jun

2017

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Author: Heather Nezich

What is the one thing all employees want?  Respect.  It rates very high in almost any survey you can find.  Harvard Business Review recently published a study that revealed that when over 20,000 employees from around the world, not just the U.S., were surveyed, every single one of them rated respect as number one in importance.  In fact, companies that show respect for their employees score higher across several other categories as well.

13

Jun

2017

Independent Contractor Guidance Withdrawn by US Department of Labor – More Freedom or More Potential Liability?

Author: Michael Burns

Signaling the start of the Trump Administration’s rollback of employment and labor Obama era regulations, the Department of Labor announced it is withdrawing its two guidance letters that further defined the restrictions on engaging a worker as an independent contractor. 

6

Jun

2017

Quick Hits - June 7, 2017

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Could employer sponsored health benefits be taxed? Senate Republicans set on reworking the Affordable Care Act are considering taxing employer-sponsored health insurance plans, a move that would meet stiff resistance from companies and potentially raise taxes on millions of people who get coverage on the job.

6

Jun

2017

Orlando Workplace Shooting Serves as Wake-Up Call for Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

On Monday, June 5, John Neumann, Jr., a former employee of Fiamma Inc. located in Orlando Florida, went on a fatal workplace shooting spree killing six employees before he killed himself.  He was fired in April by his former employer.  According to Orlando County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Neumann targeted his victims and had a “negative relationship” with at least one of them.  While we all want to think something like this will never happen to us, it can, and...

6

Jun

2017

Obstacle Course Hiring is a Thing of the Past

Author: Keisha Ward

Studies show that 89% of Glassdoor users are actively looking for or would be willing to consider a new opportunity.  Yet many organizations say they have experienced a decrease in the number of responses received from their job postings resulting in trouble finding strong candidates to fill their openings.  Maybe it is time to take a step back and evaluate the issues that are preventing applicant flow and successful job offers.  

6

Jun

2017

No Jerks Allowed

Author: Heather Nezich

It’s likely fair to say that we’ve all come across a jerk or two in our work lives.  In a recent survey by Connectria Hosting, 83% of respondents said they’d worked with one or more jerks during the past five years.  Connectria and others have now created “No Jerks Allowed” policies for their workplaces.

6

Jun

2017

Is a Single Payer Health System in the U.S. a Future Reality?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As many report, the ACA is suffering because of the lack of providers and funding.  Actual plans marketed by the exchanges are getting more expensive and serve primarily as catastrophic insurance.  Employers, driven by the limited qualified labor market, have to offer better healthcare options to employees due to attraction and retention efforts, but even those efforts have limitations as costs are rising for the employer. 

6

Jun

2017

Employer Policy Provisions Hold Up Against FMLA Violation in Court

Author: Michael Burns

Most employer Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policies restate the notice requirements and other information mandated by the FMLA posting rules. In addition, they should state any company-specific policies regarding FMLA leave.  If certain issues are not specifically addressed in the policy, it may end up in the court’s hand to decide during a law suit.

 

30

May

2017

Quick Hits - May 31, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Can we talk? The answer to that simple question may have a profound impact on how employees are managed.

30

May

2017

Farewell to Gary Lovio, ASE CFO

Author: Mary Corrado

ASE’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Gary Lovio, is retiring this Friday, June 2nd.  Gary has been with ASE for 12 years and has made many great contributions while here.

30

May

2017

Should OFCCP and EEOC Merge?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The Trump administration issued its first line item budget on May 23rd.  Among the items in the budget include the merger of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) by the end of Fiscal Year 2018.  These agencies have two separate roles and separate laws they enforce, but overlap when it comes to discrimination enforcement. The EEOC investigates worker-reported violations of federal nondiscrimination statutes...

30

May

2017

Glassdoor Survey Reports Americans Forfeit Half of Their Earned Vacation/Paid Time Off

Author: Michael Burns

It has been long said that Americans do not take as much vacation time off as their European counterparts and appear to work more and leisure less. A recent survey sponsored by Glassdoor, an online job site that also provides information on company culture for employees, found that most American workers only used half (54%) of their accrued vacation/paid time off in the past 12 months. 

30

May

2017

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

Author: Sara Pebbles

As the weather is warming up and outdoor activities are on employee’s minds, so are their summer bodies.  CareerBuilder recently conducted a survey that found that 56% of the workforce in the United States believe that they are overweight. On top of that, 45% believe that they have gained weight at their current job. And we aren’t talking about just a couple pounds here, 25% have gained more than 10 pounds and 1 in 10 have gained more than 20 pounds.  Respondents blame...

30

May

2017

Office Conflict – Good or Bad?

Author: Heather Nezich

All offices have conflict.  As people work together to solve problems, it’s virtually unavoidable.  And most importantly, it’s OK.  It’s how it’s handled that can make or break the effectiveness of conflict.

23

May

2017

What is in the American Health Care Act that Impacts Employers?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Health reform is back in the news for multiple reasons. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) (H.R. 1628) by a vote of 217 to 213.  This law was prepared specifically to avoid a filibuster in the Senate by using the same budget reconciliation methodology used to pass the ACA.  In this way, a simple majority in the Senate can pass the law.   

23

May

2017

Summer Vacation is Rapidly Approaching – Do You Know the Guidelines for Employing Minors?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

As the summer rapidly approaches, many employers will supplement their seasonal workforce with minors under the age of 18.  While this is a great opportunity to give a youth the ability to learn work skills, employers need to be aware of the special requirements and their obligations for employing a minor.

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