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Dec

2018

Amended Employee Time Off and Minimum Wage Bills Await Governor’s Signature

Author: Michael Burns

As many employers know by now, the Michigan Legislature amended the two expensive and administratively burdensome laws this month. They now go to the Governor’s desk for signature. However, Governor Snyder is being somewhat cagey in his support for passage. On Sunday’s Channel 4 show, Flashpoint, Devin Scillian asked Governor Snyder if he would be signing the laws. Governor Snyder responded he was looking at all laws passed by the lame duck Legislature for policy value...

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Dec

2018

Tis the Season in the #MeToo Era – Fewer U.S. Companies Celebrate with Holiday Parties

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

While the holidays are a wonderful time of the year to let down your hair, blow off some steam, and boost morale within the office, employers must be cautious about legal liability that can result from sexual harassment complaints, drunken driving accidents, and property damage arising out of a holiday party.  According to a recent survey released by consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., fewer U.S. companies are celebrating with holiday parties this year with only 65% of...

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Dec

2018

Does Implicit Bias Still Impact HR?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Unconscious or implicit bias, the unconscious attitudes that influence how people perceive and act toward each other, has tremendous impact on employment.  There are a number of studies showing its affect on everything from hiring to perceptions of competence.  For example, the programmers that built Amazon’s recruitment engine somehow influenced bias – they had to sunset the new tool before it even launched since it was biased against women.

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Dec

2018

Employees Are Stressed Out

Author: Sara Sosnowski

This time of year many of your employees may experience increased stress levels due to the holidays.  But according to a recent survey by Korn Ferry, this stress isn’t the only extra pressure your employees have felt lately. 

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Dec

2018

Quick Hits - December 12, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

IRS extends filing time for 1095s: Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have until March 4, 2019, 

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Dec

2018

Remote Workers are Happier and More Productive

Author: Heather Nezich

According to Global Workforce Analytics 4.3 million employees now work from home at least half the time.  In addition, Gallup reports that 43% of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted at some point in their career.  With the growing population of telecommuters, are these workers feeling less connected and isolated or happier and more engaged? 

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Dec

2018

Quick Hits - December 5, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Millennials are no different than their parents, just poorer:  Millennials are probably tired of being called out all the time.  Truth is, they are very similar to previous generations (and for those Millennials reading this, the Boomers got a lot of flack as well in their time).  

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Dec

2018

The Changing Landscape in OFCCP Land

Author: Anthony Kaylin

OFCCP is moving at light speed to make changes as to how it operates.  There have been a number of new directives in 2018 already, “righting the ship” from the previous administration.  Now comes three new directives for Fiscal Year 2019 (DIR 2019-01, DIR 2019-04, and DIR 2019-03).  These directives are officially changing the way OFCCP is doing business and how audits will be handled in the future. 

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Dec

2018

Michigan Paid Time Off and Minimum Wage Laws in Process of Amendment

Author: Michael Burns

The Michigan Legislature wasted no time addressing the amendment of the expensive and poorly constructed Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Time laws passed earlier this year. Last evening the State House of Representatives followed the Senate’s passing of both laws and sent them to the Governor's desk for signature.

4

Dec

2018

Don’t Forget About Soft Skills When Hiring for Tech Jobs

Author: Heather Nezich

West Monroe Partners, a business and technology consultancy, released a study earlier this year entitled, “Closing the Technology Leadership Gap.” The report investigates the state of soft skills, defined as communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, and leadership in technology and IT hiring decisions. It pinpoints the lack of focus on soft skills in today’s workplaces as the cause of productivity, innovation, and growth issues.

4

Dec

2018

This Sugar Cookie Just Might be Your Key to a Great Hire

Author: Shannon Reed

Whether your preferences lean toward shortbread or gingerbread, this holiday season’s cookie exchange could possibly be the sourcing tool you are looking for. Sourcing “jam sessions” are a newer concept taking shape within organizations that welcome the input of their hiring managers, talent acquisition (TA) professionals, and subject matter experts into the selection process.  And they do it over food.

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Nov

2018

Quick Hits - November 28, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Michigan interest rates rising: The Michigan interest rate for underpayments and overpayments of taxes has increased from 5.41% to 5.9% for the period of January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019. Source: Michigan Department of Treasury, Revenue Administrative Bulletin 2018-23, November 13, 2018

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Nov

2018

Defending Equal Pay Claims Has Become More Complicated

Author: Anthony Kaylin

For employers defending an equal pay act (EPA) discrimination claim, the “factor other than sex” affirmative defense generally prevails, except when it doesn’t.  And lately, courts have been more reluctant to accept the affirmative defense. 

27

Nov

2018

CBD Oil – How it Differs from Marijuana

Author: Susan Chance

As more and more states make marijuana legal, for medical or recreational purposes, or both, more questions will be raised as employers try to deal with the changing laws. One area of particular concern is drug screening.  Questions have been raised around CBD oil and how it differs from marijuana, specifically in a drug screen.

27

Nov

2018

Preliminary Survey Results - ASE Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey

Author: Jason Rowe

Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana by a vote of 56% to 44%. What does that mean for Michigan employers? The preliminary data from ASE’s Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey provides insight into employers’ first thoughts on where their policies and practices currently stand and what changes, if any, they are considering.

27

Nov

2018

Do Holiday Gifts Motivate Employees?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the midst of the 2018 holiday season.  One question that frequently comes up this time of year is whether employers should consider giving their employees a holiday gift.  Hawk Incentives recently conducted a survey on employee attitudes and preferences toward specific workplace reward programs and how they keep employees engaged at work.   One of the key findings is that the majority of respondents indicated that holiday...

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Nov

2018

Michigan’s Paid Time Off Law, Whether Repealed or Amended, Compels Employer Review of Its Paid and Other Time Off Policies

Author: Michael Burns

As covered in the November 21st issue of EPTW, Michigan employers have to monitor what paid time off benefits will be required of them going forward. Will Michigan’s GOP-led legislature repeal the Michigan’s Earned Sick Time Act entirely or just amend it in order to relieve some of its expense to smaller employers? It appears that pro-business parties may just go for amending the law down to some “reasonable” degree.

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Nov

2018

Quick Hits - November 21, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Two more states increase minimum wage:  The mid-term elections have ushered in a wage boost for workers in Arkansas and Missouri. Voters approved ballot initiatives that will raise the minimum wage in Arkansas from its current $8.50 an hour to $11.00 an hour in 2021. In Missouri, voters gave the go-ahead to increase the state minimum wage of $7.85 an hour to $12.00 an hour by 2023.

20

Nov

2018

Employees Could Eventually Experience Higher Taxes from Tax Cuts

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With the new tax law (The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 or TCJA), the tax brackets were reduced so many would recognize greater cash in their wallet at the end of the day.  However, what was not highly publicized was that the TCJA mandated a change from the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) to the Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (chained CPI). The impact of this tax law change is not beneficial to taxpayers but will be to tax revenues in the...

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Nov

2018

Tips for Identifying Emotional Intelligence During an Interview

Author: Heather Nezich

Emotional Intelligence is critically important at the workplace, yet it can be difficult to assess during the interview process.  Even so, it’s often considered even more important than technical skills.

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Nov

2018

Work to Begin on Michigan Paid Time Off and Minimum Wage Laws Amendment

Author: Michael Burns

Our Michigan Legislature will be returning to work the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The session between then and the end of the year is what is called the Lame Duck Session. Lame Duck is a term used in politics that refers to elected officials whose successor has already been elected so they have less influence because they only have a limited time left serving. Though that sounds a bit depressing, the flip side of the coin is a lame duck is free to do things without much fear of consequence.

20

Nov

2018

Better Family Policies Key to Fixing Labor Participation Rate

Author: Kevin Marrs

Is your organization struggling in this new era of full-employment?  According to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco the U.S. is now at full employment.  And while most would look at full employment as a good thing, it does bring with it some challenges.  Notably, a lack of qualified talent and meeting the demand to increase salaries in order to attract and retain talent, to name a few.

13

Nov

2018

How Does a Divided Congress Impact Employers?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With the election over and the results showing Democrats taking over the House of Representatives and the Republicans retaining Senate control, what does it mean for employers?  It is expected that the House Democrats will push a pro-labor and regulatory agenda as well as an aggressive oversight of the Executive Branch.  The Senate Republicans will likely continue staffing the Federal courts, which will have a long-term impact on employment cases, and thus employment policy.

13

Nov

2018

Go-With-Your-Gut Hiring: Is This a Practice You Should Keep?

Author: Keisha Ward

Hiring managers and talent acquisition professionals have all heard the term, go with your gut, but when it comes to making solid hiring decisions, using your head is the best choice.

13

Nov

2018

Michigan - Democrat Governor, Republican House and Senate – What Should Employers Expect?

Author: Michael Burns

Last week Michigan’s electorate voted in Democrat Gretchen Whitmer as Michigan’s Governor, breaking eight years of solid GOP governance in Michigan. Not to mention the state Republican Supreme Court as well. Employers, overall, have enjoyed a pro-business environment for quite a long time where governance has been pragmatic and not by “gotcha” legal and regulatory enforcement.

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