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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

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:

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

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. 

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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.

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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.

3

Dec

2019

Removing a Check Box from an Application May Not be Enough to Comply with Ban-the-Box Laws

Author: Susan Chance

We all know the theory behind the “Ban-the-Box” movement and how it is supposed to give people with a criminal record (one in three Americans according to a resolution from Suffolk County, NY) a fair chance at obtaining employment and even the field against racial discrimination. There are 35 states and at least 150 cities and counties who agree with this theory; and therefore, have ban-the-box policies on record. While most states have the ban for public employers, at least 11...

3

Dec

2019

DOL Wage and Hour Issues Fact Sheet to Clarify New Exemption Regulations

Author: Michael Burns

The new salary level test for wage and hour exempt status goes into effect January 1, 2020. The new regulation raises the salary level test to $684/week or $35,568/year. This means for a position to be classified as exempt (Executive, Professional, or Administrative) and be paid on a salary basis while meeting the duties tests of those exemptions, it must be paid at least the salary above. That is unless the employer chooses to use a non-discretionary bonus to meet, at most, 10% of the...

26

Nov

2019

EEOC vs. NLRB. What Law to Follow When Workers Use “Off Color” Language Toward Others During a Labor Dispute

Author: Michael Burns

During some labor conflicts, workers have shouted, or in today’s technological world, made statements on social media that are clearly racially or other protected class motivated involving the use “off-color” language toward management and co-workers. When called out on this behavior, offending workers (and their union mentors) have tried to hide behind the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) arguing that verbal assaults and such behavior is protected concerted activity...

26

Nov

2019

Hiring During the Holidays

Author: Keisha Ward

Many organizations set goals and plan to execute projects at the start of the year and in many cases additional staff is necessary to achieve said plans. However, recruiting can be difficult, especially during the holidays.  

26

Nov

2019

Is a Four-day Workweek Right for Your Organization?

Author: Jason Rowe

With the unemployment rate at a record low, employers are looking for new ways to stand out. Employee well-being is at the top of the list. According to ASE’s Workplace Flexibility Survey, it is not uncommon for organizations to offer flexible hours (83%) or telecommuting (62%) options to their staff, but only 23% of Michigan employers offer compressed workweeks. Could this be changing soon?

26

Nov

2019

Quick Hits - November 27, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

OSHA’s position on temporary employees:  OSHA has released a Temporary Workers’ Rights Pamphlet and a Temporary Worker Initiative pamphlet (TWI pamphlets) on “Safety and Health in Shipyard Employment.” 

26

Nov

2019

The Risks of Co-Working Spaces

Author: Anthony Kaylin

WeWork and other office share places are growing exponentially.  WeWork in many cities is becoming the number one tenant in many office buildings.   These services provide everything from headquarter space, office suites, private offices, and shared office spaces.  Generally, these services provide fast internet, full office access (e.g. printers, etc.), refreshments (including alcoholic refreshments), lunch and learns, and more. 

26

Nov

2019

Politics in the Workplace – Keeping it Civil

Author: Heather Nezich

Although conventional business wisdom has held that employees should check their political opinions at the door while at work, with the heated presidential election less than a year away that isn’t always the case. A new SHRM survey shows that not only are political conversations occurring at work, they're on the rise—and causing conflicts.

19

Nov

2019

I‘m Not Hiring You Due to a Disability

Author: Anthony Kaylin

At first blush, it would seem taking any action on a potential disability would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Many employers will do pre-employment medical exams specifically to spot potential workers’ compensation possibilities.   Wouldn’t not hiring based on a potential issue of disability be discrimination per se?

19

Nov

2019

Record Setting November Snowfall - What is Your Inclement Weather Policy?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Snow, snow, and more snow!  Last week Michigan was hammered with a record-breaking November snowstorm that surprised many, closing schools and making work commutes difficult.  The National Weather Service recorded a daily maximum snowfall of 8.5 inches at Detroit Metro Airport on Monday November 11 that broke a record that had stood for nearly 94 years. It was the highest November daily snowfall, topping the previous high mark of 6.2 inches set on Nov. 15, 1925. 

19

Nov

2019

Still More Electronic Device Security Concerns

Author: Michael Burns

ASE regularly reports on electronic communications policy concerns and developments so our members can maintain their best policy and practices as well as make adjustments to their policies when necessary.

19

Nov

2019

Coworking Spaces Help Local U.S. Economies

Author: Heather Nezich

Coworking spaces used to be only found in large metropolitan areas.  But today they are found in smaller, suburban communities as flexible work continues to become the norm.  The increasing migration of flexible office space and coworking locations to areas outside of major metropolitan cities is creating a 'flex economy' that could contribute more than $127 billion to U.S. local communities in the next decade, according to the first comprehensive socio-economic study of suburban...

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Nov

2019

Quick Hits - November 20, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Is “OK Boomer” an acceptable response by anyone?  Given the fact that age discrimination world-wide is rampant and that in the U.S. there appears to be a growing trend against the “Boomer” generation by younger generations, the New Zealand lawmaker who responded to heckling by an older colleague by stating “OK Boomer,” ...

12

Nov

2019

Quick Hits - November 13, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

IRS updates retirement contribution limits for 2020: The IRS announced that employees in 401(k) plans will be able to contribute up to $19,500 in 2020, a $500 increase from the 2019 limit. It’s part of the agency’s annual inflation adjustments

12

Nov

2019

Running Background Checks in New York

Author: Susan Chance

If you run employment backgrounds, you know the laws are constantly changing. Some states and cities have laws which are stricter than those of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. New York State and New York City are two such locations.

12

Nov

2019

Sleeping to the Top Rumors: Can’t Women Ever Get a Break?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Given that we are living in the 21st Century, women have achieved much in terms of equality in the workplace, but women are still being held back because of ignorance, economics, and the fact that societal norms are slow to change.  Yet “sleeping to the top” still persists as an attack on women who have made achievements based on competency and hard work. 

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