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14

Jan

2020

What HR Can Learn from Mr. Rogers

Author: Heather Nezich

Is it a beautiful day in your workplace neighborhood?  Mr. Rogers was known for teaching children acceptance, empathy, kindness, honesty, and so much more.  As HR professionals, these lessons can be applied to the workplace.

14

Jan

2020

Quick Hits - January 15, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Detroit last on list for job growth:  A recent study by WalletHub identifies the best and worst cities for job growth.  At number one is Scottsdale, Arizona.  In fact, three cities in Arizona are in the top ten including Chandler and Tempe.  However, Detroit is at the bottom of the list at No. 182 with poor showings for full-time employment, availability of apprentice-trainee jobs, and employers' disability friendliness. The Motor City also has a large share of workers in...

14

Jan

2020

What’s New in California?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A lot it seems.  Starting in 2020 a number of new laws became effective.   From additional leave for organ transplant to no more independent contractors (maybe), California is leading the way to more costly and complex HR problem identification/solution scenarios.  The following is a list of new laws that HR now has to be aware of when administrating policies in California.

14

Jan

2020

Recruiting Trends for 2020

Author: Keisha Ward

In 2019, many Talent Acquisition teams faced challenges and changes. And based on Glassdoor’s Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain’s predictions, there is more to come in 2020. Dr. Chamberlain has spent years gathering data and studying the labor market, and he has provided a summary of his findings in a new report, Glassdoor’s Job & Hiring Trends for 2020. In it, he provides recruitment professionals insight into key areas of focus to prepare for successful hiring in...

14

Jan

2020

USDOL Finalizes Joint Employer Test Regulations

Author: Michael Burns

On Sunday, January 12 of this week the U.S. Department of Labor issued final rules updating and clarifying joint employer status for workers employed by “affiliated businesses under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” The Final Rule, which will take effect March 16, 2020, changes the pro-worker guidance about joint employment status issued in 2016. That 2016 DOL guidance broadened liability for joint employment and treated virtually all employees in franchise operations also as...

7

Jan

2020

Lawsuits Continue to Grow Due to Noncompliant Background Screening

Author: Susan Chance

It is usually best to look forward, and not back at the past. However, as we head into this new year, and new decade, it is worth looking back at 2019 to see how much the number of lawsuits, both individual and class action, have grown in the background screening arena. According to statistics from WebRecon LLC, by the end of October 2019, the year was on track to break the record for the highest number of lawsuits brought by the FCRA.  

7

Jan

2020

Is a “Culture of Nice” Detrimental to an Organization?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to research from Fierce Conversations, the majority of U.S. employees — regardless of gender or seniority — feel they cannot share an idea, opinion, or concern at work due to a fear of disrupting their role at their company.  The survey found that nearly 63% of U.S. employees have chosen not to share a concern or negative feedback at work.

7

Jan

2020

Quick Hits - January 8, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

New mileage rates published:  The IRS issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes. 

7

Jan

2020

Chipotle Settles Sexual Harassment Suit – Female Supervisor Propositioned Male Subordinate

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

In early December, fast-food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill settled a lawsuit in which a male employee alleged he was sexually harassed by his female supervisor.  He also alleged that he was later subjected to retaliation by his supervisor after he reported her behavior.  Chipotle has agreed to pay $95,000 to the employee and make substantial changes to their sexual harassment policies and training in order to settle the sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S....

7

Jan

2020

NLRB Continues to Roll Back Obama Era Employer Policy Restrictions

Author: Michael Burns

As 2019 came to an end, the Trump National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued two more decisions rolling back the pro-labor decisions rendered during the Obama administration’s NLRB. These are NLRB decisions that apply to non-union employers as well as unionized employers.

7

Jan

2020

U.S. DOL Updates FLSA Regular Rate of Pay for Overtime Calculation Purposes

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In a highly technical environment, a major issue that has gained momentum in the growing wage and hour lawsuits is the determination of base pay wage rate for calculating overtime.  The question is what needs to be included and what can be excluded for the overtime pay base wage rate. The new rule, which was published on December 16, 2019, will be effective as of 1/15/2020 and HR needs to be prepared for the updated calculations.

17

Dec

2019

FCA Settles with UAW – 2019 Detroit Three/UAW Completed

Author: Michael Burns

With the tentative agreement between FCA and the UAW now expected to be approved by FCA’s rank and file, the 2019 Detroit Three UAW contract bargaining becomes history.

17

Dec

2019

Quick Hits - December 18, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Payroll employees up in arms! It’s a leap year! 2020 is not just an election year but a year with an extra day (Sadie Hawkins day).   That can be problematic as the extra day may result in one more payday than normal in the calendar year depending on when and how employees are paid.  

17

Dec

2019

Top 10 Compliance Concerns for Employers in 2020

Author: Heather Nezich

A new report by Paychex, Inc. identifies the top 10 regulatory issues that employers should be aware of and prepared for in 2020. As business owners and HR managers plan for the year ahead, the list outlines the compliance topics that should be kept top of mind as they are likely to shape the legislative and regulatory landscape of the next 12 months, especially heading into an unpredictable election year.

17

Dec

2019

Top Benefit Trends of 2019 and Beyond

Author: Sara Sosnowski

As 2019 comes to an end we can look back at how benefit offerings have changed this year and perhaps get a glimpse into what might continue to be a trend into 2020 and beyond. Being in an employee-driven market right now makes for new benefit offerings that cater to candidates and current employees alike. Human Resource Executive classified top five benefit trends of 2019.

17

Dec

2019

Will Oracle Sink OFCCP Enforcement Authority?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In a long running battle with the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Oracle filed a complaint in the DC District Court that alleges “[t]he OFCCP has subjected Oracle to administrative proceedings that are unauthorized and impermissible, in violation of the law, and separation of powers.” 

10

Dec

2019

Quick Hits - December 11, 2019

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Detroit is no tech hub for attracting talent:  Just five metro areas — Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle — snapped up 90% of the 256,063 tech jobs created from 2005 to 2017, according to a study from The Brookings Institution. 

10

Dec

2019

SIA Honors Female Leadership in the Staffing and Recruiting Industry

Author: Keisha Ward

This past November Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) announced its 2019 honorees for the Global Power 150 Women in Staffing.  This list honors female trail blazers within the global talent industry.

10

Dec

2019

EEOC Continues Its Punitive Policies on Employer Use of Pre-employment Criminal History Checks

Author: Michael Burns

Last month the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) concluded six years of litigation against a national retailer by settling for a $6 million dollar judgement and requiring the employer to change some of its pre-employment screening practices.

10

Dec

2019

Survey Finds Toxic Workplace Behavior Continues to be Ignored

Author: Heather Nezich

The number one response to coping with toxic employees is to ignore them, with 44% of respondents noting this is their preferred approach, according to new research conducted by Fierce Conversations on toxic workplace culture. Addressing behavior with management comes in second, with confronting them the third-most preferred option.

10

Dec

2019

Engaging Remote Workers in Meetings

Author: Anthony Kaylin

For remote workers, meeting engagement can be a challenge.  If the meetings are mixed live and virtual, it may be difficult for the remote worker to participate or identify the signs of the atmosphere of the meeting, even if a video feed is used by the entire audience. 

10

Dec

2019

Should the Office Secret Santa be Banned? 1/3 of Millennials Say Yes

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to a recent UK study from Jobsite, 35% of Millennials would like for the annual office Secret Santa gift exchange to be banned.  One of the many reasons Millennials provided for feeling this way is the pressure of the holiday tradition and the anxiety that it triggers.  Some of the issues they face include:

3

Dec

2019

Soft Skills Versus Technical Skills – Where is the Balance?

Author: Heather Nezich

While it’s fairly easy to evaluate a candidate’s hard skills, soft skills prove much more difficult to evaluate – but are often as or more important.

3

Dec

2019

Quick Hits - December 4, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Reference checking may be easier in the future:   In the near future, employers around the world will no longer worry about the length of time or paperwork required to verify a job applicant’s learning credentials...

3

Dec

2019

Yo Boomer! Ach, those Millennials!

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Is discrimination on the rise at the workplace?  It appears so.  According to a survey from Glassdoor and the Harris Poll of 1,100 U.S. employees across age groups, three out of every five workers have either witnessed or been a target of some form of discrimination at work, based on their age, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Yet EEOC filings have steadily decreased over the years.

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