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20

Aug

2019

Employee Memo Goes Viral - “I'm Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why”

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

In late July, a woman who worked in the Seattle/Kirkland branch of Google posted a memo titled “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why,” to an internal message board for expecting and new mothers.  After the initial posting, it was also posted to other internal message boards within the organization and from there went viral.  It has been viewed by over 10,000 employees, and it alleges that Google has discriminated and retaliated against...

20

Aug

2019

Michigan’s New Marijuana Law Does Not Protect Being Under the Influence at Work, But Other Legal Protections May Apply

Author: Michael Burns

ASE is monitoring both Michigan law and employer policy and practices in response to the legalization of marijuana in this state. Though Michigan has joined a growing number of states that have legalized marijuana use, employers do not have to change their policies against the use of marijuana if they are satisfied with how their policies and practices are working.

20

Aug

2019

Quick Hits - August 21, 2019

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Salary budgets may be static for 2020:  U.S. employees hoping for larger pay raises next year may be disappointed. A new survey by Willis Towers Watson reports that U.S. employers plan to hold the line on budgeted pay raises in 2020. 

20

Aug

2019

Slayer Laws and ERISA

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), a typical retirement plan describes a participant’s right to designate a beneficiary and provides a default beneficiary when a participant fails to do so or if a beneficiary designation is invalid for any reason.  Given the violence reported today with the seemingly increased workplace shootings and mayhem, would, for example, a 401K of an employee pass on to the designated beneficiary who had killed the...

20

Aug

2019

Ageism in Today’s Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

The 2019 Hiscox Ageism in the Workplace Study™, revealed that 21% of U.S. workers age 40 and older have experienced discrimination in the workplace due to their age, and respondents believe they're most likely to experience it at age 51. The study also found that 62% of all workers did not receive any form of age discrimination training in the previous 12 months.

20

Aug

2019

Second Chances

Author: Susan Chance

Companies must keep up with the ever changing “Ban the Box” legislation and other laws around background screening, and now there is the First Step Act that adds another layer of considerations for criminal histories on background checks. Employers have a lot to think about when using information from those records in employment decisions.

13

Aug

2019

Employee Burnout – An Occupational Phenomenon

Author: Heather Nezich

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), while employee burnout is not yet considered a medical condition, it is an “occupational phenomenon” and a diagnosable condition.

 

13

Aug

2019

Sometimes Attendance Policies and FMLA Don’t Mix

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Many companies, union and nonunion, have point attendance policies.  The following is instructive on how to approach reduction of points when FMLA leave is applied.

13

Aug

2019

Quality Coffee and Free Food Top the List of What Employees Value

Author: Sara Sosnowski

It is no secret that happy employees lead to the success of an organization. However, what seems like it can be a secret is how to keep employees happy and satisfied so that they enjoy coming to work and are productive. In order to attract and retain talent, employers need to continually be evaluating their benefit offerings and introducing new benefits that today’s employees value.  

13

Aug

2019

National Labor Relations Board Issues Regulatory Salvo to Roll Back “Ambush Elections” Rules and Other Obama Board Overreaches

Author: Michael Burns

Last Friday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finally moved to revise the Obama-era election rule regulations that among other things shortened the time for union organizing elections from a minimum of 45 days down to an average of 23 days.  It also constrained the ability of employers to file unfair labor practice objections to challenge the election. The formal regulatory change was published Monday, August 12, 2019 in the Federal Register.

13

Aug

2019

Quick Hits - August 14, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Vets 4212 season starting:  Federal contractors and subcontractors required to report VETS 4212 can start the reporting.  The portal is now open.

9

Aug

2019

Ron Kagan: It's All About the People

Author: Mary E. Corrado & Heather Nezich

Ron Kagan is CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society, an advocate and activist for nature conservation and animal welfare, and an ASE board member.  ASE recently spoke with Ron to learn more about his career path, the Detroit Zoo, and how he views the role of HR.

6

Aug

2019

Workplace Safety Can Worsen Under Bullying Bosses

Author: Heather Nezich

A new Portland State University study suggests that bullying bosses can negatively impact workplace safety. Bosses’ behaviors can strengthen or weaken employees’ sense of belonging to the work group by supporting or undermining their status within the group, potentially setting into motion certain consequences.

6

Aug

2019

HRCI Certification vs. SHRM Certification – Is One Preferred?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

This summer marks five years since the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced the launch of their HR certification program intended to compete with the established HR certification program offered by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).  Many were left very frustrated by this development trying to determine whether the profession could sustain two HR certifications and if one would eventually emerge as predominant and more prestigious over the other. 

6

Aug

2019

Do You Have to be a Jerk to be Successful?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

When an employee is single-focused, demeaning at times, and generally not pleasant to be around, from a business standpoint, that person would likely be on the shortlist to termination.  Yet, many times they are not, especially when they are successful.  The greater the success, the more they are tolerated.

6

Aug

2019

Preparing for the Generation Z Workforce

Author: Keisha Ward

We now understand and have embraced the vast workplace changes experienced by the millennial generation, arguably the most workforce altering generation yet. We will have an opportunity to offer a fair analysis as we prepare for the entrance of a new generation of tech savvy, independent, free spirited individuals. It is now time for organizations to shift gears and focus attention on a rapidly approaching game changer called Generation Z (Gen Z).

6

Aug

2019

Quick Hits - August 7, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Senate confirms EEOC Commissioner and legal Counsel:  In a voice vote on July 30, 2019 the Senate confirmed Virginia solo employment practitioner Sharon Fast Gustafson as general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition, EEOC member Charlotte Burrows was confirmed for a new four-year term.  

6

Aug

2019

Running Background Checks on Independent Contractors vs. Employees

Author: Michael Burns

It makes sense to check on the qualifications of an independent contractor just as you would an employee, right? After all, you are letting a new individual enter your workplace.  It would seem prudent to make sure they can do the job and check for any security concerns. Should an employment background check be run?

30

Jul

2019

OIG Exclusion Lists Need to Be Reviewed Often

Author: Susan Chance

If you are in the healthcare business, you should be familiar with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Exclusions List. The list is made up of individuals and entities which are excluded from federally funded health care programs.

30

Jul

2019

Are You Doing Organizational Network Analysis?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

How difficult is it to find that employee who enhances the performance of others in the organization?  Employers are turning to organization network analysis to discover who these employees are.  These employees may not be the publicized or recognized leaders, but just those who make other employees do better. 

30

Jul

2019

Quick Hits - July 31, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Not taking a vacation? No one else is either: Paid time off can make an attractive retention tool, but it's being underutilized, according to a study conducted by WorldatWork.  A sizable percentage (37%) of employees do not use all of their PTO each year. 

30

Jul

2019

Do Your Employees Consider Their Work a Job or Career?

Author: Heather Nezich

A new survey from CareerBuilder shows employees are split on how they feel about their current job: 50% feel like they have a career while the remaining 50% feel like they have just a job.  In addition, 32% of employees plan to change jobs this year.  What is causing this lack of dedication?

29

Jul

2019

Legalization of Marijuana Movement Compels Employer Policy Considerations

Author: Michael Burns

Marijuana use legalization continues to sweep across the United States. Michigan adopted recreational marijuana use late in 2018, and the state is awaiting commercial licensing approval for the sale of marijuana. Illinois is expecting to pass recreational marijuana use next year, and the New York Times (NYT) sees New York and New Jersey following suit in the near future.

23

Jul

2019

2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey Results Released

Author: Jason Rowe

How does your organization’s healthcare benefits compare to other Michigan employers? Find out with ASE’s recently released 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey. The annual survey examines the premiums, deductibles, and co-pays of employer-sponsored health plans as well as wellness benefits and cost control strategies.

23

Jul

2019

Biometric Lawsuit Business Growing

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Since Illinois passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) in 2008, it has given rise to protections to employees who felt that the employer’s biometric intrusions violated their privacy.  In 2019, however, biometric litigation floodgates were opened by the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., 2019 Ill. Lexis 7 (Ill. Jan. 25, 2019).  Although this is an Illinois law, Michigan is considering similar legislation...
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