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11

Jun

2019

JP Morgan Chase Settles for $5 Million in Largest Paternity Leave Lawsuit

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

In May 2019, JP Morgan Chase reached a tentative settlement of $5 million dollars to resolve a class action lawsuit alleging the bank’s parental leave policy was biased against dads.  It is the largest recorded settlement in a U.S. parental leave discrimination complaint. 

11

Jun

2019

Summer Fridays - All Play No Work?

Author: Heather Nezich

55% percent of organizations in North America will offer their employees “Summer Fridays” this year, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. This is a 9% increase from the number of North American organizations that offered Summer Fridays in 2018.

18

Jun

2019

Employee Accountability is Key to Success

Author: Heather Nezich

Holding both leaders and employees accountable is one of the biggest challenges in the workplace.  In fact, in a recent CEO Benchmarking Report by The Predictive Index, 18% of CEOs surveyed said “holding people accountable” was their biggest weakness.

18

Jun

2019

Racial Profiling or Protecting America’s Intellectual Property? Government Focus on Chinese Workers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Xifeng Wu, an award-winning epidemiologist and naturalized American citizen, quietly stepped down as director of the Center for Public Health and Translational Genomics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center after a three-month investigation into her professional ties in China.   When she came to the Anderson Center, she had been encouraged to develop and collaborate with Chinese institutions. 

18

Jun

2019

Quick Hits - June 19, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Turnover will continue at higher rates in 2019:  According to the 2019 Emerging Workforce Study commissioned by Spherion, 29% of employees are planning to leave their jobs in the next 12 months. The risk of turnover increases for Millennials, with 38% of this group reporting they are planning to leave their current jobs in the next 12 months.  

18

Jun

2019

What Does a “Dilute” Drug Test Result Mean?

Author: Susan Chance

Some drug test results return as “dilute.” While a result of “positive dilute” is a positive result, a test that shows “negative dilute” does not necessarily mean the test is negative.

18

Jun

2019

Severance Agreement Term Does Not Circumvent Discrimination and Equal Pay Actions

Author: Michael Burns

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals whose jurisdiction includes Michigan, ruled against a machine parts manufacturer last August when it overturned a lower court decision that held an employee’s severance agreement barred her lawsuit alleging Title VII discrimination and violation of the Equal Pay Act.

11

Jun

2019

Work Restrictions are not Disabilities

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Consider the following scenario.  An employee is injured (whether at work or outside of work) and sees a doctor.  When the employee returns, the employee provides a doctor note with work restrictions because of the underlying condition of the injury. 

11

Jun

2019

Understanding Test/Assessment Validation

Author: Michael Burns

ASE receives many calls regarding assessment tools to evaluate employment candidates. There are many testing instruments in the market that test for job skills, intellectual acumen, and candidate-to-job personality fit.

11

Jun

2019

Quick Hits - June 12, 2019

Author: Heather Nezich

Walmart calls on feds to increase minimum wage: Walmart CEO Doug McMillon thinks the federal minimum wage is "too low." Now the head of the country's largest private employer is calling on Congress to raise it beyond $7.25 an hour.

11

Jun

2019

Student Loan Help is More Important Than 401k Contributions for Younger Workers

Author: Sara Sosnowski

It seems like a never-ending quest for employers to figure out what young workers are looking for and what they value.  With nearly two million students projected to graduate with degrees this year, they are having to evaluate their employment opportunities and the benefits that they offer.

4

Jun

2019

Quick Hits - June 5, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Clocking in and out does not prove wage theft claims:  Metal Technologies (MT), a Bloomfield, Indiana manufacturer of automobile parts, employs around 500 workers. Employees filed class and collective actions against MT, alleging violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Indiana wage laws. 

4

Jun

2019

States Across U.S. Adopt Myriad of Wage and Benefit Laws

Author: Michael Burns

Late last year Michigan passed a minimum wage increase that increased this state’s minimum wage for the next 10 years. It also passed the Paid Medical Leave Act requiring employers with over 50 employees to provide five paid days off.

4

Jun

2019

Bridging the Skills Gap to Improve Hiring

Author: Keisha Ward

Last year SHRM CEO, Johnny C. Taylor Jr. launched a national conversation surrounding the need to close the skills gap – a critical issue that affects all employers and employees.

4

Jun

2019

Why They Quit You

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent study by Payscale entitled Why They Quit You shows the top reason employees leave their job is a bigger paycheck. However, when employees were asked what attracted them to a new position, ‘the opportunity to do more meaningful work’ was the most common response.

4

Jun

2019

Where are the Workers?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The April 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an unemployment rate of 3.6% with 263,000 new jobs. These job gains occurred in professional and business services, construction, health care, and social assistance. However, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 1.2 million in April and accounted for 21.1% of the unemployed. The all-important labor force participation rate declined by 0.2% age point to 62.8% in April. The...

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May

2019

Quick Hits - May 29, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 pay reporting update: The Trump Administration is appealing the March 4, 2019, D.C. Federal District Court order that vacated the Office of Management and Budget's August 2017 stay of the pay data collection (Component 2) approved in the Obama-era revised EEO-1 Report...

28

May

2019

Does Under Utilization of Vacation Time Help or Hinder an Organization?

Author: Susan Chance

As we head into summer most of us are dreaming of taking time off to enjoy the warm weather and the pursuits that come with it. We get excited about having an extra day or two off for the long holiday weekends, but is an extra day or two enough to truly recharge our batteries?

28

May

2019

ASE Reasonable Suspicion Training Provides Supervisors and HR Professionals Information to Address Potential Drug Use on Site

Author: Michael Burns

In response to Michigan becoming only the tenth state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, ASE is now sponsoring a class to train supervisors, managers, HR professionals, and others to address reasonable suspicion behavior. Despite marijuana use being legalized in Michigan, employers have control to prohibit an employee from being under the influence of marijuana, just like alcohol, at work.

28

May

2019

Women are More Productive in Warmer Offices

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

More often than not women complain about feeling cold at much higher rates than men, and there are several scientific reasons behind this fact.  Women typically have a lower metabolic rate that results in being colder at rest.

28

May

2019

Ghosting: The New Norm

Author: Heather Nezich

A new social norm appears to be highly prevalent in the employer arena: ghosting.  It may be that an applicant is scheduled for an interview but never shows up.  An offer is made and start date agreed, but the applicant/employee does not show up on the first day.  Or employees leave work to never return.   The only way to find out that the employee is no longer working is through numerous attempts to contact, but nothing is ever found out.

28

May

2019

Hourly Workers Would Take a Pay Cut in Order to Have a Say in Their Work Schedule

Author: Heather Nezich

According to a recent survey by Shiftboard, what workers want most, even more than increased pay, is more control over their time. The ability to influence their work schedules significantly affects job satisfaction, which can have a significant impact on employee retention.  49% of hourly workers would be willing to take a reasonable pay cut for more control over their schedule.

21

May

2019

Employers are Struggling to Support Employees with Mental Health or Substance Abuse Problems

Author: Heather Nezich

New research from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) finds that employers are struggling to support employees with mental health and substance abuse issues and aren’t confident in their ability to provide appropriate accommodations.

21

May

2019

“No-Label” Explosion Versus Diversity in the Workforce

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It seems we are living in an age where 1960’s racial and gender reporting requirements are archaic.  More workers are not identifying themselves by race/ethnicity and/or gender when applying for positions or when onboarding. 

21

May

2019

Workplaces’ Biggest Distractions

Author: Jason Rowe

More than half of Gen Z (55%) and Millennials (56%) say they want open offices, despite the associated distractions, according to a new study from Future Workplace commissioned by unified communications company Plantronics, Inc. ("Poly" – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT). The findings highlight how the four generations at work today think about their workplace environments, including what drives productivity, how they function in the office, and how they handle distraction.
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