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Quick Hits - August 12, 2020

11 August 2020

Quick Hits - August 12, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Governor Whitmer prohibits firing of employees who may be sick or exposed to someone sick:  Under a new executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last Friday afternoon, employers are prohibited from firing or otherwise disciplining or retaliating against employees who stay home when they or close contacts are sick.  
Business on Top; Casual on the Bottom?

11 August 2020

Business on Top; Casual on the Bottom?

Author: Heather Nezich

This new survey provides some comedic relief from all the stress of COVID-19. According to a new survey released by SHRM, more than half of American workers (60%) report wearing sweatpants while working from home. 

Hiring for Culture Fit – Good or Bad?

11 August 2020

Hiring for Culture Fit – Good or Bad?

Author: Sheila Hoover

Culture fit in a company is just as important, if not more important, as skills fit.  We can train on the skills, as long as the basics are there.  We cannot change how a new employee fits into our culture.

Changes to FFCRA Employers Need to be Aware Of

11 August 2020

Changes to FFCRA Employers Need to be Aware Of

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The FFCRA applies to U.S. employers with fewer than 500 employees.   Last week a district federal court in New York overturned some provisions of the interim FFCRA rules.  These interim rules for the FFCRA were written quickly, within two weeks of the law.  However, these rules have a shelf life of 12/31/20, but given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 vaccinations, it may be extended into another year.  In the meantime, employers that are covered under these rules need...
NLRB Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Decision Overturned

11 August 2020

NLRB Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Decision Overturned

Author: Michael Burns

One of the most controversial decisions of the Obama era National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was its 2015 decision finding Browning-Ferris who used subcontracted workers (not their direct employees) was in fact a joint employer with its contractors.

New Ban the Box Laws

4 August 2020

New Ban the Box Laws

Author: Susan Chance

While most of the world has been wrapped up on all things COVID related, there is still work going on regarding background check laws. From December 2019 until as recently as July 1, 2020, new ban the box laws have been enacted.

Quick Hits - August 5, 2020

4 August 2020

Quick Hits - August 5, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Having employees sign waivers not a popular move:  Although employers have expressed a keen interest in using waivers to try to limit their liability in the event a worker, customer, or visitor contracts COVID-19 on-site, very few are pulling the trigger, according to a new survey from Blank Rome LLP.

What is the Role of HR?

4 August 2020

What is the Role of HR?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It is generally thought of that HR is on the side of management, although at times they will mediate between management and employees.  However, what are the rights of an employer when an HR employee assists an employee with the filing of an EEOC charge against the employer?

Employers Should Prepare for How the School Year Will Affect Employees

4 August 2020

Employers Should Prepare for How the School Year Will Affect Employees

Author: Linda Olejniczak

The case for reopening schools and day care centers during the pandemic is strong. However, reopening schools also means exposing more kids to the virus, which could mean 14-day quarantines for families.  What does this mean for employees and employers?

NLRB Reins In Employee’s Protected Use of Abusive Language

4 August 2020

NLRB Reins In Employee’s Protected Use of Abusive Language

Author: Michael Burns

The current National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to clean up the previous Board’s unrealistic rulings by issuing a new decision again limiting employee protections when verbally abusing their bosses.

Employers are Focused on Keeping Employees Safe, Engaged, and Energized

4 August 2020

Employers are Focused on Keeping Employees Safe, Engaged, and Energized

Author: Heather Nezich

Returning to the workplace does not equal returning to life as it was pre-pandemic and just might be more complicated than the initial lock-down.  A new study by Mercer shows that employers are looking for ways to preserve their employees’ health and well-being while keeping them energized and productive. 

Employees Want Employers to Intensify Digital Efforts, Involve Them in the Process, and Increase Training and Support

28 July 2020

Employees Want Employers to Intensify Digital Efforts, Involve Them in the Process, and Increase Training and Support

Author: Heather Nezich

Digital transformation has widespread support among managers and employees, but some think that the pace of change at their companies could be faster, they could be more involved than they are, and they are unsure of how it will affect their jobs or pay, according to a global survey commissioned by Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Quick Hits - July 29, 2020

28 July 2020

Quick Hits - July 29, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

ACA affordability updated for 2021: For the 2021 plan year, employer-sponsored health coverage will meet the Affordable Care Act’s affordability standards if the required employee contribution doesn't exceed 9.83% of household income (up from 9.78% in 2020). 
Watch Out!  A Byproduct of COVID-19 is Union Agitating

28 July 2020

Watch Out! A Byproduct of COVID-19 is Union Agitating

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and grows, worker concerns about safety, job security, and transparency on workplace issues have become forefront.  For example, Amazon has fired warehouse employees who protested the company's working conditions and COVID-19 mitigation measures.  Although Amazon stated it fired these employees for performance issues and violation of mitigation requirements within the warehouse, these firings are close to crossing the line for violations of the...
DOL Muddies Waters for Employers Trying to Get Reticent Employees Back to Work

28 July 2020

DOL Muddies Waters for Employers Trying to Get Reticent Employees Back to Work

Author: Michael Burns

One of the more downplayed situations some employers are facing while re-opening is the fact that some workers are not returning to work when offered re-employment. These workers have been on layoff and received both state unemployment (in Michigan up to $362/week) and the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act $600 weekly benefit – sometimes resulting in the employee receiving more money for not working.

Resolving Workplace Discrimination and Unconscious Bias Takes Work, Survey Shows

28 July 2020

Resolving Workplace Discrimination and Unconscious Bias Takes Work, Survey Shows

Author: Kevin Marrs

The American Management Association (AMA) released a survey highlighting the significant gap that exists between organizational policy and day-to-day practices.  Their survey, the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Survey, shows that simply having a diversity & inclusion (D&I) policy in place does not effectively solve the problem of discriminatory practices, whether deliberate or unwitting.
Quick Hits - July 22, 2020

21 July 2020

Quick Hits - July 22, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

DHS extends I-9  requirement flexibility:  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19.
How to Build an Effective Pipeline

21 July 2020

How to Build an Effective Pipeline

Author: Sheila Hoover

Over the past few months, organizations have had to make difficult decisions in terms of headcount and budgets.  This is a great opportunity for talent acquisition teams to build their talent pipelines.

Considerations for PTO Donation Programs

21 July 2020

Considerations for PTO Donation Programs

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Employee interest in paid time off or paid leave banks has increased during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent ASE poll, 25% of organizations have a PTO donation program.

CDC Updates COVID-19 Employer Screening and Testing Guidance

21 July 2020

CDC Updates COVID-19 Employer Screening and Testing Guidance

Author: Michael Burns

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided employers additional information and guidance on conducting employee COVID-19 screening and testing.

Negative Effects of the Pandemic on Employees – Particularly Women and Working Moms

21 July 2020

Negative Effects of the Pandemic on Employees – Particularly Women and Working Moms

Author: Heather Nezich

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused adverse effects across all aspects of life, particularly the economy, and women are some of the hardest hit, according to new research conducted by WerkLabs, the insights division of The Mom Project.

30-Year Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

21 July 2020

30-Year Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Thirty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed and signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It was a momentous event that was the number-one civil rights event of the decade. 

Quick Hits - July 15, 2020

14 July 2020

Quick Hits - July 15, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Healthcare costs are rising: Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance grew 5% to average $20,576 last year, according to new research from the Kaiser Family Foundation—the first-time costs topped $20,000. 
Background Checks Aren’t Just for New Employees – Keep Your Workplace Safe with Ongoing Screening

14 July 2020

Background Checks Aren’t Just for New Employees – Keep Your Workplace Safe with Ongoing Screening

Author: Susan Chance

Do you know what your employees have been up to during the four months of the stay-at-home order? If you are watching the news, you know that a lot of people have been up to protesting, sharing their views on wearing masks, and sharing political views.

Why Words Matter

14 July 2020

Why Words Matter

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Implicit bias is a growing area of study and a recognized issue in the workplace.  An interesting issue that has generated much research is whether certain words commonly used in job postings are discouraging candidates in protected groups, in particular women, from applying for certain jobs.

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