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8

Oct

2019

Female HR Manager Marries Male Plant Manager – She Gets Fired, He Gets Promotion and a Raise

Author: Michael Burns

Plaintiff-HR Manager worked for a chicken processing plant in Alabama. During the course of her employment she met and started dating a plant manager in the company’s processing complex. At that time, she did not report to the plant manager so technically she was not violating the company’s existing anti-fraternization policy.

8

Oct

2019

Hiring Hiccups: Hiring the Right Fit Depends on Your Process

Author: Keisha Ward

On Friday, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced that unemployment has now dropped to a 50-year low. If you have wondered why it has become more difficult to find the right hire, chances are it’s because many candidates are working and simply aren’t looking for new a job. However, the buck does not stop at low unemployment.

8

Oct

2019

Six Trends for 2020 Open Enrollment

Author: Heather Nezich

In the coming weeks, millions of employees and their families will be making important decisions about their health care and other employee benefits for 2020. The National Business Group on Health (NBGH), using data from its annual Large Employer Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey, has unveiled six trends employees can expect to see in their open enrollment packages.

8

Oct

2019

Quick Hits - October 9, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

ADA protects employees who have disabled family member:  The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated claims that an employee was demoted and then fired because his supervisor assumed he was distracted by his daughter's neurological impairment (Kelleher v. Fred A. Cook, Inc., No. 18-2385 (2nd Cir. Sept. 24, 2019)).  

8

Oct

2019

Is a Four-Day Workweek in the U.S. Feasible?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Over the past few years, summer hours and flexible scheduling have been a trend towards a compressed workweek.  In Europe this trend is growing.  Currently, the Netherlands has a mandated four-day workweek with an average of 29 hours per week.   Many European organizations are also cutting the number of hours from 36 hours (five days) to 28 hours (four days) to reduce burnout and make workers happier, more productive, and more committed to their employers.   This...

1

Oct

2019

Harvard Wins Round 1 of Anti-Affirmative Action Lawsuit

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A Massachusetts federal court judge ruled against the anti-affirmative action coalition suing Harvard over its admissions standards.  The coalition Students for Fair Admissions or SFFA argued that Harvard’s process discriminated against Asian-American applicants because of a subjective personal rating through which those applicants received lower scores due to racial bias.   In effect SFFA argued that the president and fellows of Harvard College violated Title VI of the...

1

Oct

2019

Quick Hits - October 2, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Don’t panic – EEO-1 Component 2 is still open for business:  In a September 27, 2019 Status Report that was filed in the lawsuit discussing post-September 30th activities, the EEOC stated that so long as the Court’s order is in effect stating that the collection will not be complete until it reaches what the Court has determined to be the target response rate, which the EEOC has estimated at 72% and is currently at about 40%, the EEOC will continue to accept Component 2...

1

Oct

2019

California’s Fair Chance Initiative

Author: Susan Chance

In the State of California, the Bureau of Contract Administration has a Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO). This initiative applies to both private employers and city contractors in Los Angeles. Some of the key points are:

1

Oct

2019

Limitation of Action Agreements Told its Limits by Sixth Circuit

Author: Michael Burns

One of the more obscure terms or conditions that can favor Michigan employers is called a Limitation of Actions agreement.  Employers are advised to have these in place.  Earlier this year Michigan Court decisions were handed down upholding the right of an employer to limit the length of time an employee (usually former employee) has to bring a legal complaint against an employer.

1

Oct

2019

What Managers Do That Make Employees Quit

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

We’ve all heard the saying, “people leave managers, not companies.”  Managers have the most direct influence on the employees they supervise, and creating effective retention strategies to decrease turnover should be one of their most important jobs.  With the tight labor market and the unemployment rate hitting a record 50 year low, many employers have indicated that finding and retaining good talent is their greatest obstacle for growth. 

1

Oct

2019

New SHRM Report Shows That Toxic Workplace Cultures Costs Organizations Billions

Author: Heather Nezich

One in five Americans have left a job in the past five years due to bad company culture. The cost of that turnover is an estimated $223 billion, according to a new SHRM report on workplace culture.

24

Sep

2019

The Final Wage and Hour Exempt Regulations are Published

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division published the final exempt regulations.  These regulations have gone through various transformations from the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration.  The last time these rules were changed was in 2004 under the Bush Administration.  The final rule will be effective on January 1, 2020.

24

Sep

2019

Quick Hits - September 25, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

4th Quarter 2019 hiring expected to grow but more slowly:  In the October to December time frame, 22% of U.S. employers expect to add to payrolls, 5% anticipate a decrease, and 72% expect no change.  Once the data is adjusted to allow for seasonal variation...

24

Sep

2019

Michigan Appeals Court Supports Employers’ Pursuit to Recover Workers’ Compensation Benefit Overpayments

Author: Michael Burns

Despite the best efforts of the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission to allow a worker’s compensation claimant to keep an erroneous overpayment, the Michigan Appeals Court supported the employer and their carrier and reversed the Commission’s ruling allowing for the overpayment.

24

Sep

2019

HR’s Role is Reducing Employee Burnout and Improving Retention

Author: Heather Nezich

One of the biggest threats to an engaged workforce is employee burnout. The newest study in the Employee Engagement Series conducted by Kronos Incorporated and Future Workplace® found 95% of human resource leaders admit employee burnout is sabotaging workforce retention, yet there is no obvious solution on the horizon.

24

Sep

2019

2019 Severance Pay, Policy, and Practices Survey Results Released

Author: Jason Rowe

Michigan employers are offering severance benefits to more employees at all levels. ASE’s recently released 2019 Severance Pay, Policy, and Practices Survey reports increased eligibility in benefit offerings to all employee groups.  Employees in technician roles saw the largest increase in their eligibility for severance benefits at 11%.

17

Sep

2019

Vaping Deaths and E-Cigarette Use in the Workplace

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to the CDC, as of September 16, 2019, six people have died from vaping-related lung illnesses, and the number of possible cases has grown to 450.  In Michigan, six individuals have been hospitalized according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  All patients had vaped within days or weeks of getting sick, and many had used e-cigarettes with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  While the CDC continues to investigate these illnesses and deaths, they advise...

17

Sep

2019

UAW Strikes General Motors – Leaves Ford and FCA Alone for Now

Author: Michael Burns

The UAW national strike against General Motors (GM) started Saturday, September 14, 2019 (the first in 12 years) with 850 janitorial worker members going out first. These employees are technically employees of supplier Aramark but service GM’s janitorial and other support needs. The maintenance workers have been without a contract for over a year and a half. Then, on Sunday, the UAW declared a strike taking out all its production worker members at midnight.

17

Sep

2019

Follow the Two Pizza Rule for More Effective Meetings

Author: Heather Nezich

No, you don’t have to serve pizza at every meeting.  But a golden rule for meetings is that if you were to serve pizza to the meeting attendees, two medium pizzas should suffice.  If that wouldn’t be enough, then you have too many people in the meeting.

17

Sep

2019

No Pay Collection by EEOC in 2020 (Or Likely Thereafter for a While)

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Although for 2019, employers with 100 or more employees are required to report Box 1 W-2 pay and hours worked for 2018 and 2017, that won’t be the case in the coming year.  The EEOC is under a court order, although appealed, to collect this data.  The EEOC is determined to collect both 2017 and 2018 data by end of September as opposed to pushing the reporting requirements to 2020 by collecting 2018 and 2019 pay data.

17

Sep

2019

We’re Rehiring - Recruiting Former Employees

Author: Keisha Ward

Leaving a position for more pay or a better opportunity should not equate to exile. If fact, maintaining positive relationships with former employees can open the door for mutually beneficial future opportunities. The rate of rehiring employees increased from 48% to 76% in 2015, according to YOH.com.

17

Sep

2019

Quick Hits - September 18, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Healthcare costs are rising about 5%: In 2020, the total cost of health care per employee, including premiums and out-of-pocket costs, is projected to rise to an average of $15,375 in 2020, according to recent research from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). 

10

Sep

2019

Conferences – Worth More Than a Day Out of the Office

Author: Susan Chance

We are all so busy at work that many days it is difficult to get away for a lunch break, so thinking about taking a full day or more off to attend a conference may seem impractical – perhaps even impossible. However, there are many benefits that come from attending conferences. Today’s world is ever changing at a rapid pace. Conferences are a great way to learn what’s new in your line of business.

10

Sep

2019

General Motors Named Lead for Auto Industry Negotiations

Author: Michael Burns

With the announcement last Monday that UAW members had approved the use of work stoppages against all three auto companies, the UAW named General Motors (GM) as its first negotiations party. Being the lead company puts GM in first seat to be the one to set the pattern and possibly set their own terms before the other Detroit Three auto contracts are settled.

10

Sep

2019

Worry About Layoff Causes Worker Anxiety

Author: Heather Nezich

According to the 2019 Layoff Anxiety Study published by CareerArc, an ASE Affinity Partner, 48% of employed Americans experience layoff anxiety. Of those, 34% say this is fueled by fear of a pending recession, 32% cite rumors around the office as the cause, and 30% say a recent round of workplace layoffs is to blame.

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