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28

Mar

2017

Study Suggests Telecommuting Employees May Have Lower Wage Growth

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Telecommuting offers numerous positives for both employers and employees.  A few of those benefits include increasing employee productivity due to fewer distractions, improving employee satisfaction and retention rates, saving employee commuting costs, and offering employees more flexibility with their schedule.  According to Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego-based consulting firm that specializes in flexible-workplace strategies, 20-25% of U.S. employees are estimated to...

28

Mar

2017

Does Office Layout Affect Productivity?

Author: Heather Nezich

Many studies have shown that the environment employees work in does have an effect on their productivity.  From wall colors, to furniture, to technology, to office layout…it all makes a difference.   A recent study from the architecture firm, Gensler, found that there is evidence that links workplace performance to office design.

28

Mar

2017

Quick Hits - March 29, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Michigan updates its EEO poster:  The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) recently released its revised version of the Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination poster required by the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (MPWDA).

28

Mar

2017

ASE’s Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey Paints a Rosy Picture for Area Manufacturers

Author: Sara Pebbles

Last month American Society of Employers released the results to its 2016 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey for the fourth quarter of 2016.  A close look at the data suggests strong improvements in the business outlook among employers in the Manufacturing and Goods Producing sector.  Thirty-seven percent of employers in that sector reported that their organization’s future (i.e., 6 to 12 months) business outlook had improved moderately or significantly.  Compared...

28

Mar

2017

Pitfalls for Affirmative Action for Individuals with Disabilities

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Should employers ask applicants to self-identify for disability?  The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) definitely says yes for federal contractors.  More specifically, the new disability regulations which were effective March 24, 2014 require under §60-741.42 that all contractors shall invite applicants to inform the contractor whether the applicant believes that he or she is an individual with a disability.  The OFCCP then established a workforce...

28

Mar

2017

Anti-Trust Concerns in Hiring and Compensation

Author: Michael Burns

On the list of wrongful employment practice issues, the risk of engaging in illegal anti-trust practices is pretty far down there. But everyday, employers in competitive industries (think tech) aggressively recruit and seek to retain valuable talent through various employment policies and practices. Some employers take these practices too far. What kinds of employment practices could result in a federal anti-trust lawsuit?

21

Mar

2017

Quick Hits - March 22, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

President Trump’s blueprint budget cuts DOL budget by $2.5 billion: President Trump’s proposed budget would reduce the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) funding by 21% to $9.6 billion.

21

Mar

2017

When May an Employer Inquire about an Employee’s Medical Condition?

Author: Michael Burns

When strange behavior or certain performance issues are very subtle, should an employer inquire about a medical condition? On one hand, an employer may feel constrained in asking about whether an employee is experiencing a medical problem when an employee exhibits a change in behavior or is not acting the same as usual. Is observable fatigue, irritability, or poor performance just a bad day or is it a medical condition that will raise disability issues. On the other hand, failing performance...

21

Mar

2017

Working May be the Fountain of Youth

Author: Heather Nezich

More and more Americans are working into their 70s and 80s.  While so much attention has been given to the Millennial generation, the average U.S. employee is actually getting older.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 1994 the median age of U.S. employees was 37.7 years old. That climbed to 40.3 years old by 2004 and to 41.9 years by 2014.  By 2024, the median age of U.S. workers is expected to be 42.4 years old.  In addition to that, workers are...

21

Mar

2017

No Man is an Island - But Your Authorization and Disclosure Forms Must Be

Author: Chance,Susan

No man is an island entire of itself . . . In Meditation XVII John Donne writes of how we are all connected to one another.  As human beings, connection with others is essential to our well-being. However, when it comes to Authorization and Disclosure Forms, it is being an island that is essential to being in compliance with FCRA requirements. 

21

Mar

2017

With ACA Repeal Pending, Shouldn’t the Million Dollar Question be What do Employees Want?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With the introduction of and the quick movement out of committees in the House, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) may roll back several Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions.  These may include the out of pocket expenses cap and the Premium Tax Credits that lower health care premiums between 2.5%-9.5% of household income for employees who are not provided health care or opt out of employer health care.

14

Mar

2017

President Trump Keeping Promise for a Smaller Government

Author: Heather Nezich

On Monday March 13th, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) to begin a comprehensive look at reorganizing the Executive Branch of government.  This EO provides the framework of a holistic and detailed approach to what the executive branch might look like in the future.  The implications of this EO are significant.  As previously reported, the Heritage Foundation’s document, “A Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for 2017”, recommends a proposed...

14

Mar

2017

Recruiting KPIs: Tracking What Matters

Author: Keisha Ward

There are several Key Performance Indicators (KPI) used to analyze organizational recruitment processes.  Metrics such as Time to Present, Interview to Offer, Offer Acceptance and Time-to-Fill are areas that are often tracked to evaluate the success of your recruitment strategy.  Combined, these tools are all aimed at providing a clear understanding of your talent acquisition team’s success and challenges in various areas. Of the many methods and tools used to measure...

14

Mar

2017

Quick Hits - March 15, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Do you have a benefit gap for non-FMLA employer approved leaves? Many employers have gaps in their procedures when an employee’s reduced schedule or leave of absence occurs when the employee is not yet eligible for FMLA leave or after FMLA leave has been exhausted.

14

Mar

2017

Joint Employment Status Tests Continue to Evolve

Author: Michael Burns

There has been a lot of judicial activity involved in trying to identify an appropriate test for determining whether an employee is in fact actually employed by two different employers. This circumstance generally arises when one business (primary) engages another (secondary) and the contracting business exercises sufficient control whereby the “law” is compelled to treat them jointly.

14

Mar

2017

A Rise in Pay Equity Claims Will Hit Employers Hard in the Future

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Although Equal Pay Act (EPA) EEOC charges are small in number, the trend is growing.  Over the past three years, the number of charges filed rose from 938 to 1,075 or 15%.  These type of cases tend to have large victim classes.  Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic, in a webinar hosted by Seyfarth Shaw on February 9, 2017, identified that the EEOC has not brought many equal pay cases, but stated, "I am very interested in equal pay issues. It's something I would consider a priority."

14

Mar

2017

Do You Know What to do if ICE Comes Knocking on Your Door?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has indicated that it will triple its I-9 audits this year.  When ICE audits your I-9 forms, they may assess civil financial penalties for mistakes made in completing I-9 forms. These types of mistakes are called paperwork violations and are distinct from the more serious violations that result from hiring unauthorized workers. Fines have increased and the laws are being enforced more diligently. Are you prepared?

7

Mar

2017

Uber is Under Fire in the HR World

Author: Heather Nezich

Uber has been in the news a lot lately regarding its meritocracy practices and competitive culture.  Although this mentality has brought them from a mere start-up to a $68 billion company, their corporate image is being bruised and it’s leaving a black mark on former employees’ resumes.

7

Mar

2017

Quick Hits - March 8, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

Daylight Savings Time begins March 12: This year, daylight-saving time begins on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 a.m., when clocks will be set forward one hour.

7

Mar

2017

Sixth Circuit Upholds Employer’s Policy on Guns in the Workplace - Despite Kentucky Law

Author: Michael Burns

Open carry is the right of a licensed gun owner to carry a gun in plain sight. Recently some gun advocates have sought to stretch that legal right. Take the two men that walked into a Dearborn police station last month with body armor on and rifles in hand to allegedly demonstrate their right to do so. And ASE recently took a call from a business that serves the public and had a man come into their store with a gun holstered to their waist. Another customer complained that they were...

7

Mar

2017

Obamacare Repeal Bill Unveiled

Author: Kevin Marrs

Earlier this week, House Republicans introduced legislation that seeks to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s signature health care law.  Released Monday night by top Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee, the bill will, among other things, scrap the individual mandate.  It would also end the requirement that large employers offer insurance to their employees or pay a penalty.

7

Mar

2017

Has OFCCP’s Mission Run Its Course?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A current question before the Trump Administration is whether the OFCCP has outlived its usefulness.  The Heritage Foundation rightly asks whether there is a need for the OFCCP given that many of its current initiatives are the purview of other agencies. Moreover, there is a real question of the effectiveness and ROI of the agency. 

28

Feb

2017

Quick Hits - March 1, 2017

Author: ASE Staff

New benefits for the sandwich generation:  With millennials now the largest group in the workforce, they will become the sandwich generation.  And with a highly competitive talent market, employers have to be more innovative, especially in work-life balance. 

28

Feb

2017

What’s in a Name?

Author: Chance,Susan

“That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a beautifully poetic line uttered by Juliet to Romeo in Shakespeare’s famous play. It is a romantic notion that a person’s name is of no importance, and in the romance department perhaps that is true.  But not with background checks.

28

Feb

2017

Trouble Caused by Post-it® Notes for Texas Roadhouse Restaurant Chain

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Employers have long known about being careful when it comes to appropriate non-discriminatory hiring practices and the legal risks involved when they are not.  Interview notes can become problematic when they contain inappropriate comments or evidence that potentially discriminatory hiring practices may have been used.  The restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse has found out the hard way how something as simple as a Post-it® could become key evidence in an age discrimination lawsuit.
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