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14

Aug

2018

New Approach to Rising Health Care Costs – Cut the Middleman

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Employer health care spending has grown from 6% of total wages in 1988 to more than 12% in 2018.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimate that this growth will continue, with national health spending projected to be 20% of the economy by 2026.  Employers are seeking innovative approaches to keeping healthcare costs down.

14

Aug

2018

Could Apprenticeships be an Answer to the Skills Gap?

Author: Heather Nezich

A majority of Americans (62%) agree that apprenticeships—or “earn while learning” vocational opportunities—make people more employable than going to college, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll.

14

Aug

2018

Your Background Screening FAQ’s Answered

Author: Susan Chance

We have all been exposed to the belief that things come in threes, deaths, good things, bad things, etc. There is even a name for the superstition that things come in threes, Triaphilia. ASE gets repeated questions in many areas of background checking and drug screening, and the following outlines the most frequently asked questions.

14

Aug

2018

Quick Hits - August 15, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

VETS 4212 portal open for business:  The VETS 4212 portal is open for the 2018 reporting cycle.  As mandated under 38 U.S. Code, Section 4212, codified at 41 CFR Section 61-300, respectively, contractors and subcontractors who enter into, or modify, a contract or subcontract with the federal government, and whose contract meets the criteria set forth in the above legislation/regulations, are required to report annually on their affirmative action efforts in employing veterans.

14

Aug

2018

National Survey Reports Cost of Health Benefits Nears $15,000/Employee

Author: Michael Burns

Employers that work on a calendar year budget are starting to think about budget planning for 2019. The cost of health insurance is a major concern for employers.  Locally, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan announces 2019 insurance increases in late October or the first part of November. If increases stay below 10%, employers may decide their level of benefits can stay the same another year. Higher than that, and co-pays and deductibles as well as insurance benefit packages get analyzed...

7

Aug

2018

Employee Handbook Union-Free Policy Statements

Author: Michael Burns

ASE reviews dozens of employee handbooks each year along with hundreds of individual policies being written or updated by our members. One policy that does not get a lot of attention nor is found in many employee handbooks these days is a statement on union-free status.

7

Aug

2018

OFCCP Discusses the Future Direction of the Agency at the ILG National Conference

Author: Anthony Kaylin

At the Industry Liaison Group (ILG) National Conference on August 1, Acting Director Craig Leen of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) discussed in his keynote presentation the four pillars of OFCCP’s future actions. 

7

Aug

2018

Work Environment Matters

Author: Sara Pebbles

First it was replacing desk chairs with exercise balls, then it was open workspaces, now it is the standing desk.  Have all of these just been trends? Should employers let them come and go and not stray from the tried and true desk or cubicle? A new survey by Capital One suggests that employers need to pay attention to all of these trends because employees are becoming more concerned with the design of their workspace and citing it as a factor in their productivity and innovation.

7

Aug

2018

Quick Hits - August 8, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

My new boss doesn’t like me, can I sue?  Many times employees find they have been stellar employees under their old boss, but a new one takes over, and the employee doesn’t meet the new boss’ expectations.  Is it discrimination?  “Plaintiffs’ lawyers say this is the most important thing that ordinary people do not understand about the law,” Laura Beth Nielsen, a sociology professor at Northwestern University said. 

7

Aug

2018

The Talent Shortage is Affecting More than Just the U.S.

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent study by Korn Ferry revealed that if not addressed, the skilled talent shortages could have significant impact on global economics by 2030. 

7

Aug

2018

Have You Been Ghosted?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

When most people think of the term “ghosting”, they think of online dating sites.  Ghosting is an expression first connected with dating, and it's when someone suddenly cuts all ties and communication with the person they've been seeing.  The practice of ghosting is now creeping its way into the workplace and is quickly becoming some employers’ biggest recruiting headache. 

31

Jul

2018

How Does Michigan’s Proposed Paid Time Off Law Stack Up Against Current Employer PTO Practices?

Author: Michael Burns

A petition campaign has forced the Michigan GOP controlled legislatures to consider legislation that mandates employer Paid Time Off (PTO) benefits or risk sending the law to vote in November. The proposed legislation as drafted in HB 4307 and SB 212 would require Michigan employers, if they do not already provide a PTO benefit, to guarantee all employees one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.  This legislation, if passed, could have a big impact on Michigan...

31

Jul

2018

Engaged Employees, Even Millennials, Are Less Likely to Leave

Author: Heather Nezich

Employees today are more likely to job hop than ever before.  Millennials in particular have earned, whether legitimate or not, a reputation for job hopping.  But the latest research shows that if employees, even Millennials, are engaged and have learning opportunities in the workplace, they are less likely to leave.

31

Jul

2018

Drop the Skills and Chill?

Author: Shannon Reed

The Wall Street Journal got people talking last week about a recruiting trend:  downskilling. Coined by Alicia Modestino of Northeastern University, the concepts of downskilling are simple in theory:  lessen the former favored “four-year college degree” and requisite experience to broaden your overall talent pool.

31

Jul

2018

Immigration Policy Impacts Employers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

At a time where unemployment is 4% and the need for skilled workers is at a premium, a source for these workers is being slowly shutdown.  The immigration issue is an important one for Americans and played a decisive role in the presidential election.  However, the barriers being raised for business visas could have a negative impact in the long-run for American businesses.

31

Jul

2018

Quick Hits - August 1, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

OFCCP Director steps down. The Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Ondray Harris, stepped down at the end of last week. Harris lasted less than 8 months on the job after being appointed to the position last December

24

Jul

2018

Credit Checks in Background Verifications – Do You Know the Rules?

Author: Susan Chance

Regulations regarding background checks are updated constantly. Changes regarding the use of criminal checks in hiring decisions are publicized every time a new state or city decides to enact legislation on this subject. The amount of press given to requirements on authorization forms has been growing the last couple of years as the number of lawsuits regarding this topic also grows. But what about the regulations regarding the use of credit checks in a background verification?

24

Jul

2018

Is a Full-time Schedule an “Essential Job Function” for an HR Generalist?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Is a full-time work schedule an essential function of a job?  Many would think so when hiring full-time employees or providing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Yet the “modern” workforce is not the same as before.  Time to complete work may not require 40 hours per week.  A recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Michigan) decision questioned the assumption of a required 40-hour work week as an essential job function.

24

Jul

2018

Sheriffs Not Entitled Pay for Donning, Doffing, and Travel to Work

Author: Michael Burns

The Portal to Portal Act (1947) was enacted to clarify hours worked wage issues that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (1938) did not address. The general rule put in place by this amendment was enunciated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision one year prior (1946).  The rule stated that if the employee was engaging in activities that benefit the employer, he or she should be paid for those services regardless of where the work was performed. It also specified that normal travel to and from...

24

Jul

2018

Top 10 FMLA Pitfalls Employers Should Avoid

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

It’s hard to believe, but the Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA) was passed into U.S. law 25 years ago.  Even today it remains one of the most complex employment laws that employers must stay in compliance with – tripping up even the most seasoned of HR professionals.  While the FMLA provides an important leave benefit for employees, administering it can be a very daunting challenge.  Failure to do so properly can exposure employers to legal liability and the...

24

Jul

2018

Quick Hits - July 25, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

U.S. DOL requested current FMLA forms to be extended to 2021: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has asked the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve its model FMLA forms through 2021 (with no content changes). For now, the expiration dates of the current forms have been extended until July 31, 2018.  After that date the forms can still be used.  Source:  CCH 7/23/18

24

Jul

2018

Working Parents are Feeling More Balanced

Author: Heather Nezich

Being a working parent can be especially challenging in the summer.  But according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, the majority of working parents feel that it is possible to have it all. Of workers who have a child living at home, 78% say it's possible to be equally successful in your career and as a parent.

17

Jul

2018

How to Prevent Implicit Bias in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  It sets people up to overgeneralize, sometimes leading to discrimination even when people feel they are being fair.  Since implicit bias is unconscious, how do you identify it?

17

Jul

2018

Attacks on ACA Could Lead to Higher Employer Healthcare Costs

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A lawsuit by 20 states was filed in federal court in Texas challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in February.  Texas argues that last year’s tax reform law, which stripped the ACA of the individual mandate, made the ACA unconstitutional.   If the individual mandate is stripped away, the Department of Justice (DOJ), agreeing with Texas, argues that two other key parts of Obamacare should fall with it.

17

Jul

2018

Take a Break – It’s Good for You

Author: Jason Rowe

The 4th of July holiday has come and gone, and summer is officially in full swing. Now is often an ideal time to take a step back from the office and take advantage of one of the most important benefits in the workplace: vacation time. Although disconnecting from the daily grind is beneficial, many employees today never get the chance.

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