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21

Nov

2017

HR Perceived as Enabling a Sexual Harassment Environment

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Many pundits accuse human resources of enabling a sexual harassment environment.  HR is “as bad as FEMA after Katrina,” said Gary Namie, a social psychologist and director of the Workplace Bullying Institute.  “HR is a management support function,” Namie said. “They’re all about liability protection, and they’re worried about protecting the organization.”  

21

Nov

2017

Does Gratitude Have a Place at Work?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to a survey of 2,000 Americans people are less likely to express gratitude at work than anyplace else.  But why wouldn’t we thank the people we work with day in and day out?

21

Nov

2017

Two Years Out, Quickie Election Rules Not Increasing Organizing Elections or Union Wins

Author: Michael Burns

It has been over two years since the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) implemented their infamous Quickie or Ambush Election Rules. What is happening? In fiscal year 2017 the NLRB reported 1,854 Representation Certification (RC) election petitions filed. This is 175 RC elections less than the previous year’s number of petitions filed – not what was feared by the management side of labor.

21

Nov

2017

Quick Hits November 22, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Minimum wage going up January 1: A number of jurisdictions, including Michigan, are increasing their minimum wage as of 1/1/18.  To see a list, click here.  If you need to update your state and local posters, click here and use discount code ase-gn when checking out.  Source: Jackson Lewis 11/15/17

21

Nov

2017

Who Could be Living Your Life?

Author: Susan Chance

On the TV show “Friends,” the character Monica Geller was the victim of a credit card thief. When she received her statement from the credit card company she commented, “She's living my life, and she's doing it better than me! Look at this, look. She buys tickets for plays that I wanna see. She, she buys clothes from stores that I'm intimidated by the sales people. She spent three hundred dollars on art supplies.”

14

Nov

2017

Flu Season is Upon Us

Author: Heather Nezich

With November arriving, so has the official start of the flu season.  An outbreak of the flu in the workplace can cause significant reduction in productivity.  Employers should educate their employees on how to avoid the flu and how their sick policies apply should an employee get sick.

14

Nov

2017

Is It Time for More Mindfulness Training at Work?

Author: Kevin Marrs

A recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University may provide employers another reason to look closely at mindfulness training for their organization.  Their research showed that mindfulness exercises can reduce the body’s response to biological stress.  Specifically, the researchers found that acceptance, or learning how to be open and accepting of the way things are in each moment, is essential for the stress reduction effects.

14

Nov

2017

Will Congress Pass a Federal Sick Leave Law?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

For many employers with employees across state lines, they are dealing with a myriad of local and state laws that impact the workplace.  One of the most vexing issues for employers is the growth of paid sick leave laws across multiple jurisdictions.   There are at least 41 State, County and City jurisdictions that have paid sick leave laws.  Federal contractors that fall under the Service Contract Act are also covered.  A federal law may be on its way pre-empting...

14

Nov

2017

Quick Hits - November 15, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Hiring managers may have bias towards hiring veterans: In a study of 1,000 professionals by Korn Ferry, 58% said they believe their organizations’ hiring managers have an unconscious bias toward hiring veterans.

14

Nov

2017

Highly Compensated Exemption May Not Work on Commission Based Pay

Author: Michael Burns

Imagine an employee that is paid close to a million dollars annually, is non-exempt, and therefore entitled to time and one-half on top of their six figure pay. Possible? A federal court in Tennessee says yes. The Plaintiffs in this case were employees paid as commission based sales representatives. They earned well over $100,000 per year, and in some years the most successful sales representatives earned over $900,000. 

14

Nov

2017

Family Responsibility Discrimination on the Rise and Employees are Winning

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Employers take notice, according to a recent 2016 study released by the University of California, Hastings’ Center for WorkLife Law, employee lawsuits alleging family responsibility discrimination (FRD) are on a dramatic rise.  More importantly, employees are winning these cases.  Over the past decade, the study detailed that FRD increased by 269% resulting in nearly $500 million paid out in verdicts and settlements.  If the case goes to trial, employees win 67% of the...

7

Nov

2017

Quick Hits - November 8, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Vets 4212 reporting due November 15thFederal Contractors and subcontractors, don’t forget to file by next Wednesday November 15th

7

Nov

2017

We’re in This Together! How Recruiters Can Build Better Partnerships with Hiring Managers

Author: Dan Van Slambrook

The recruiter-hiring manager relationship has been known, at times, to be a contentious one.  Recruiters may feel that they’re asked to work with unrealistic job requirements and find information and candidate feedback from supervisors illusive.  Hiring managers may express feeling starved for qualified candidates and become frustrated when strong applicants get hired away by competitors before the selection process is complete.  Yet, in a talent acquisition environment...

7

Nov

2017

Michigan Wage Theft Legislation Scheduled for Introduction

Author: Michael Burns

Michigan Democratic Legislators are introducing legislation intended to curtail illegal deductions from pay.  Any illegal deduction from pay is being called wage theft. Wage theft is described as the “denial of wages or employee benefits that are rightfully owed to an employee.”

7

Nov

2017

How the Proposed Tax Bill Would Impact HR Programs

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The Republican tax bill was introduced last Thursday by the House of Representatives.  The proposed bill has mixed-results for HR programs, although 401(k) programs are relatively untouched.

7

Nov

2017

Workers are Stressed Out

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by the American Psychological Association shows that stress in America is at an all-time high.   While main sources of stress for more than 66% of the respondents tend to be about our country’s future and political issues, money and work still tend to be major stressors.

31

Oct

2017

Is Your Workplace Toxic?

Author: Heather Nezich

Leaders must continually be taking the pulse of the organization they work for.  A once happy workplace can turn toxic quickly if you are not paying attention.  But when caught early, it can be turned around.

31

Oct

2017

Quick Hits - November 1, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Don’t forget -- Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov 5th: Daylight-saving time will end on Sunday, November 5, 2017, when clocks will be set back one hour at 2:00 a.m.  For a copy of the reminder poster, click here.

31

Oct

2017

Expanding the Talent Pipeline Through European Style Apprenticeship Programs

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A change is coming to talent pipeline development.  Can’t find an engineer or computer analyst, for example?  Why worry about college graduates when employers can develop their own through apprenticeship programs.  Long associated with skilled trade workers, electricians, etc., the European model is coming to America.

31

Oct

2017

Draw Against Commission Wage Payment Plans – Sixth Circuit “Draws” the Line

Author: Michael Burns

Last week we wrote about the recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision pertaining to hours worked and travel time. Following up in short order, the Sixth Circuit ruled on yet another and arguably more obscure part of wage and hour regulation, Draw Against Commissions.  They looked at whether an employer can collect draws by the employee that exceeded commissions owed after employment ends.

31

Oct

2017

Caregiver Benefits in the Workplace

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

As the population continues to age, more and more adults are finding themselves in caregiving situations.  By the year 2040, the percentage of people aged 65 or older will have nearly doubled to almost 22%, up from 13% in 2010.  More than 1 in 6 Americans are currently working full- or part-time and assist with the care giving of an elderly or disabled family member or relative.  The typical “sandwich generation” employee is a woman in her late forties who not only...

31

Oct

2017

An Ounce of Prevention

Author: Susan Chance

Why should I run background checks on my applicants? What do other employers check on backgrounds? These are questions that I get quite often from our customers. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin.

24

Oct

2017

Supervisor Personally Liable for FMLA Interference Claims

Author: Anthony Kaylin

What happens when an employee is hospitalized without notice and informs via a surrogate (her son) that she is in the hospital and won’t be at work?  Should the employer provide FMLA paperwork (assuming the employee is eligible) or terminate the employee for a no call/no show attendance rule violation?  

24

Oct

2017

Study Uses Sensors to See if Men and Women are Treated Differently at Work

Author: Heather Nezich

It has been proven that women are promoted less, underrepresented in the C-suite, and receive lower wages then men.  A recent study set out to discover why and see if women’s behavior is responsible.  The study, published by Harvard Business Review, revealed that biological differences between men and women do not affect the way they act at work and are not responsible for gender bias.  

24

Oct

2017

Sixth Circuit Rules in Favor of Employer in Travel Pay Suit

Author: Michael Burns

One of the trickier areas of wage and hour compliance is calculating hours worked when non-exempt employees travel on company business. There are several different situations that the wage and hour regulations address. One is “travel that is all in a day’s work” another is “home to work on a special one-day assignment in another city,” and the third is “travel away from home community.”

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