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Student Loan Repayment Benefits Get a Boost from the Pandemic

26 January 2021

Student Loan Repayment Benefits Get a Boost from the Pandemic

Author: Kevin Marrs

Looking for ways to attract talent, some employers saw the student loan debt challenge as a potential recruitment tool and began offering student loan repayment assistance.  Historically, the benefit has not been overwhelmingly popular with employers.

Taking Workplace Bullying Seriously – Even During Remote Work

26 January 2021

Taking Workplace Bullying Seriously – Even During Remote Work

Author: Heather Nezich

“I’m not joking when I say this: If you ever work with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I will fire you on the spot. No ifs, ands, or buts.”  That is a direct quote from President Biden on his very first day in the White House. What if corporations took that same stance?

Employers’ Use of Handbook Statute of Limitations Clause Both Limited and Expanded by Sixth Circuit

26 January 2021

Employers’ Use of Handbook Statute of Limitations Clause Both Limited and Expanded by Sixth Circuit

Author: Michael Burns

A fairly common technical issue found in many employer handbooks is the use of what is called the limitation of actions clause. The limitation of actions clause is a term that sets a maximum length of time an employee agrees to bring a wrongful employment action claim, complaint, or lawsuit against the employer.

How OFCCP’s Jurisdiction Has Been Circumscribed Over the Past Four Years

26 January 2021

How OFCCP’s Jurisdiction Has Been Circumscribed Over the Past Four Years

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Executive Order 11246 covers federal contractors and subcontractors if they hold $50,000 or more in federal contracts or subcontracts.  The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is the agency tasked to audit them.  However, over the past four years, the agency moved away from the past method for identifying contractors for audit, and it greatly diminished the universe of auditees.  Only direct contractors have been audited.
Quick Hits - January 27, 2021

26 January 2021

Quick Hits - January 27, 2021

Author: ASE Staff

DOL Wage and Hour clarifies telehealth visit with FMLA requirements:  FAB (No. 2020-08), Telemedicine and Serious Health Conditions under the Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA) outlines the circumstances under which telemedicine counts as an “in-person” visit under the FMLA. 
How to Set SMART Goals

19 January 2021

How to Set SMART Goals

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Ready to join those elite 8% of people who successfully hit their goals? Where do you want to see your department at the end of 2021? Writing your goals does not have to be difficult. Base them on intention. If circumstances change, simply modify your goals.

COVID-19 Accelerates Workplace Wellness Trends

19 January 2021

COVID-19 Accelerates Workplace Wellness Trends

Author: Heather Nezich

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted important areas of health that were being ignored for too long, such as mental and emotional wellbeing. These areas have been drawn to the forefront for employers.

New Benefits Requirements Due to the Consolidated Appropriations Act

19 January 2021

New Benefits Requirements Due to the Consolidated Appropriations Act

Author: Anthony Kaylin

When the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) was signed on December 27, 2020, it did not just fund government for the 2021 Fiscal Year but also made some changes to benefit offerings. Specifically, changes were made to Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), student loan assistance programs, mental health and substance abuse benefits, pharmacy benefits reporting, disclosure of service provider compensation, and surprise medical billing.

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Issues Finalized Employee Classification Regulations

19 January 2021

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Issues Finalized Employee Classification Regulations

Author: Michael Burns

On January 6, 2021 the DOL published its final rule to help employers determine whether workers can be legally treated as independent contractors (I/C) or employees of the business. If a worker is an independent contractor the business does not have to pay them minimum wage, overtime, do recordkeeping, provide benefits, or even collect employment taxes as they would if the worker is, in fact, an employee.

Is 2021 the Start of a New Recruiting Era?

19 January 2021

Is 2021 the Start of a New Recruiting Era?

Author: Sheila Hoover

Happy New Year!  As we enter 2021, I find myself thinking a lot about how recruiting changed in 2020, and what recruiters should prepare for in 2021.  Multiple recruitment experts expect the pace of change will remain about the same over the next several months.  This means another year of adjusting to a constantly evolving environment.

Quick Hits - January 20, 2021

19 January 2021

Quick Hits - January 20, 2021

Author: ASE Staff

OSHA 300A posting requirements in 2021:  Covered employers must electronically submit Form 300A data for calendar year 2020 between January 2, 2021 and March 2, 2021. A paper copy of the 300A form must also be posted for each establishment from February 1 through April 30. 
Electronic Notice Posting Requirements

12 January 2021

Electronic Notice Posting Requirements

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With more employees working remotely, which may be the norm in the future, questions arise regarding how to ensure compliance with posting requirements.

New Survey Data Reveals ASE Member HR Trends

12 January 2021

New Survey Data Reveals ASE Member HR Trends

Author: Heather Nezich

HR Trends for 2021 are predicted to be broadly the same no matter where you look – DEI initiatives, the growth of remote work, digital transformation, and HR being thrust into the spotlight.  But ASE’s newest report now available in the ASE Member Dashboard, shows how ASE members are responding to those trends.

Background Forms and Processes Housekeeping in the New Year

12 January 2021

Background Forms and Processes Housekeeping in the New Year

Author: Susan Chance

We are about two weeks into the new year, and if you have not already, this is a great time to do some housekeeping regarding your background forms and processes.

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Issues Opinion Letter on Remote/Teleworking and Travel Circumstances

12 January 2021

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Issues Opinion Letter on Remote/Teleworking and Travel Circumstances

Author: Michael Burns

Due to the pandemic, remote work is bubbling up new wage and hour issues for employers. Is a non-exempt employee that works from home but must travel into the office during the day legally owed payment for travel time from home to office?

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