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25

Feb

2020

If Coronavirus is Declared a Pandemic, What Do You Need to Know?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Currently, the Coronavirus is slowing down in China but is seeing increasingly greater spreading to other parts of the world.  As of Monday, Chinese official figures released showed there had been 409 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus and 150 new deaths from the outbreak in China, bringing the total confirmed cases to 77,150, with a cumulative death toll of 2,592.

25

Feb

2020

Is Home the New Office?

Author: Heather Nezich

Staying at home may be the best way to get the most done at work, according to a new Korn Ferry survey of professionals regarding working virtually.

25

Feb

2020

Quick Hits - February 26, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Daylight Savings ends March 8th: This year has gone fast and now we are changing time again.  Set your clocks forward one hour Sunday morning, March 8th Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by George Vernon Hudson in 1895, 

25

Feb

2020

A New Gig: New Laws Surrounding This Workforce

Author: Anonym

In the 2018 article, The Gig Economy-Is Employment in the U.S. Changing?, we discussed the details of a trending form of employment that was sweeping the U.S. workforce. The article described a study by Intuit predicting that by 2020, 40% of American workers would be independent contractors.

25

Feb

2020

Hackers Get Better at Defrauding Employers Through Convincing Email Impersonation

Author: Michael Burns

The Wall Street Journal reported that employers are being defrauded of millions of dollars by computer hackers through accessing key employee email addresses and then making requests for the transfer of company money. In a recent high-profile fraud, the email of an owner of Dominos franchises in China was hacked and the hacker(s) then used the email address to request the executive assistant to request and authorize the transfer on money to an overseas account.

18

Feb

2020

Quick Hits - February 19, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Daylight Savings ends March 8th: This year has gone fast and now we are changing time again.  Set your clocks forward one hour Sunday morning (March 8). Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by George Vernon Hudson in 1895, and its use in the U.S. was first mandated during World War I.

18

Feb

2020

Shadow Boards – A Fresh Perspective

Author: Heather Nezich

Shadow boards are a new concept where organizations put together a group of non-executive employees that work with senior management on strategic initiatives.  They help organizations solve two problems – disengaged younger workers and keeping up with changing market conditions.

18

Feb

2020

Keeping Up With Cannabis in the Workplace in Michigan

Author: Michael Burns

ASE is monitoring Michigan’s experience with recreational marijuana and its impact on the workplace. Though not providing too much in the way of new information a recent article provided by CCH Ideas and Trends puts a finer point on employer compliance responsibilities in states where recreational marijuana use is legal.

18

Feb

2020

The Ultimate Employee Perk – Travel Stipends

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

It’s winter and we still have a long way to go.  Many of us will look out the window at the cold and gray and imagine being somewhere warm and on the beach.  How would you like to work for an employer that actually provides you money on top of your paid time off to take that dream vacation?  The newest perk some generous employers have rewarded their employees with are travel stipends, or as some call it, “paid, paid vacation” that helps to take care of...

18

Feb

2020

Social Media – The Newest Addiction?

Author: Susan Chance

We often think about young people, and in particular, teenagers, as being negatively affected by social media. However, social media is also having a negative impact on adults, and in some ways, is negatively impacting the workplace.

18

Feb

2020

When Will the EEO-1 Demographic Survey be Open?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It’s anyone’s guess.  Just last week the parties to the EEO-1 Component 2 lawsuit agreed that collection can stop.  The trial court’s order last Monday February 10th stated that as of February 6, 2020, 88.8% of eligible filers have submitted EEO-1 Component 2 data for calendar year 2017, and 89.6% of eligible filers have submitted such data for calendar year 2018.

11

Feb

2020

Quick Hits - February 12, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Judge approves EEOC to close Component 2 reporting:  EEO-1 Component 2 was ruled closed Monday. Judge Chutkan ordered the EEO-1 Component 2 pay data reporting portal closed. The closing of the portal signals the end of the required collection of pay data for 2017 and 2018 from eligible employers.  Currently EEOC is waiting for publication of the 30-day notice for the renewal of Component 1-Demographic information.  The tool is unlikely to open until mid to late March –...

11

Feb

2020

Are You Ready for HR Disruption?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

From technology to employee and applicant expectation, HR is never going to be the same.  And depending on the administrations, additional costs and burdens will have to be accounted for, while working with a much smaller staff and budget.  An election is coming up again-2016 déjà vu it seems. Technology is moving so fast, and budgets cannot keep up.

11

Feb

2020

Remote/Virtual Workforce Management – Make Sure Your Organization Puts Legal Compliance in Place

Author: Michael Burns

It may not be that widely known, but ASE has implemented remote working schedules for up to 75% of its staff. This is allowing ASE to downsize its total brick and mortar footprint, reduce facility costs, and also expand our reach to serve our members more directly for our training and networking programming.

11

Feb

2020

HR Professionals are Stressed Out

Author: Heather Nezich

McLean & Company’s 2020 HR Trends Report indicated that in their drive to support others, HR professionals too often neglect their own development and challenges. HR stress levels are increasing, and more varied and holistic HR development is required to keep pace with changing needs. Organizations that help HR professionals develop their skills and manage stress have more effective HR departments.

11

Feb

2020

Fringe Benefits are Changing Faster than Ever

Author: Jason Rowe

With today’s tight labor market, employers are turning over any stone they come across to find the next benefit program that allows them to attract and retain employees. Remote working and flexible work environments do not have the same enticing properties that they did even a few short years ago since these programs are now becoming an expected benefit by many employees rather than a perk.

4

Feb

2020

Happy Valentine’s Day! Time for Review of Effective Inter-Office Dating Policies

Author: Michael Burns

With Valentine’s Day coming up in just over a week, what better time to gaze at employer policies addressing relationships as well as review non-discrimination policies that employers passionately hope will keep them out of trouble. Surveys have found up to 85% of 18 to 29-year olds would consider having a romantic relationship with a co-worker. A CareerBuilder survey found that 38% of respondents had dated a co-worker at least once, and 31% of them reportedly went on to marry the...

4

Feb

2020

Super Monday – The Impact of Unplanned Absenteeism

Author: Anonym

Whether your team won or lost on Sunday, Super Bowl LIV may seem to be a distant memory; however,  a recent survey conducted by Workforce Institute at Kronos indicates that effects of Super Bowl Sunday are not memories, but rather an event that can wreak havoc for your company for quite some time. Monday, February 3rd, was the largest-ever anticipated day of Super Bowl-related absenteeism since 2005.

4

Feb

2020

Four Michigan Cities Top the 2020 Biggest Bed Bug Locations – Have They Hitched a Ride to Your Workplace?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to the CDC, while most of the time bedbugs typically live within eight feet of where people sleep, they can infest areas that don’t have any sleeping areas.  They can be found in movie theaters, libraries, and yes, even found at work. Over the last several years bedbug infestations have been on the rise, and employers should take note.  While the reasons for this rise are unknown, the EPA believes that increased travel, resistance to pesticides, ineffective pest...

4

Feb

2020

Managing Diabetes in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

Diabetes rates in the U.S. and around the world continue to rise, as are the related costs both for individuals with the condition and their employers.  Unplanned missed workdays, reduced productivity, plus the stress and fatigue associated with uncontrolled diabetes not only add up to billions of dollars per year but can also take a toll on morale.

4

Feb

2020

Compliance with Ontario’s Pay Equity Act

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In 1987 the Ontario government passed the Pay Equity Act (PEA). The Act describes the minimum requirements for ensuring that an employer's compensation practices provide pay equity for all employees in female job classes. It is only a gender-based discrimination law.  The purpose of this Act is to redress systemic gender discrimination in compensation for work performed by employees in female job classes.

4

Feb

2020

Quick Hits - February 5, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

The new I-9 is out: On Jan. 31, 2020, USCIS published the Form I-9 Federal Register notice announcing a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that the Office of Management and Budget approved on Oct. 21, 2019. 

28

Jan

2020

Monster’s 2020 State of the Candidate Survey Shows Despite Unhappiness, Employees May Stay

Author: Heather Nezich

Many Americans are worried about the economy, and a growing number see it as a potential threat to their job security. This economic anxiety has created a sense of complacency, forcing many workers to remain in their current position despite dissatisfaction and even mental health risks.

28

Jan

2020

Grand Rapids, MI Human Rights Ordinance

Author: Susan Chance

Former Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, placed a ban on ban-the-box ordinances when it comes to cities in Michigan and other local governments limiting private employers from asking about criminal histories at any point in the hiring process. This legislation, Act. No. 84, heads in the opposite direction that many other states, cities, and local municipalities are heading. However, one city in Michigan, Grand Rapids, enacted a new “Human Rights” ordinance regarding discrimination...

28

Jan

2020

Overall Union Membership Remains Fairly Constant in 2019

Author: Michael Burns

Union membership numbers for 2019 were released last week from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that total union membership stayed pretty much the same as 2018 – 14.6 million wage and salary members. But with the number of U.S. jobs increasing, total union membership as a percentage of the U.S. workforce decreased .2 points down to just 10.3% overall. In 1983 union membership made up 20.1% of U.S. jobs with 17.7 million workers belonging to unions at that time.
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