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The “Great Resignation”

27 July 2021

The “Great Resignation”

Author: Sheila Hoover

The number of job openings, as well as people voluntarily leaving employers, hit all-time highs in recent months. New data finds an astounding 95% of workers say they are considering changing jobs.  The U.S. has 9.2 million jobs open, with 92% of workers saying they are willing to switch industries for a new job.

What’s Really Causing the Labor Shortage?

27 July 2021

What’s Really Causing the Labor Shortage?

Author: Heather Nezich

Many assume that today’s labor shortage is due to the additional unemployment benefits being provided by the federal government through September.  But is this really the case?

New Regulations to Push Federal Contract Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour by 2022

27 July 2021

New Regulations to Push Federal Contract Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour by 2022

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On April 27, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order (EO 14026), “Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors.” The EO would set the hourly minimum wage paid to workers performing work on or in connection with covered federal contracts to $15.00 per hour, beginning January 30, 2022.  In order to do so, implementing regulations would have to be promulgated.

U.S. Department of Justice Continues Pursuit of No Poaching Agreements and Other Antitrust Activity

27 July 2021

U.S. Department of Justice Continues Pursuit of No Poaching Agreements and Other Antitrust Activity

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice announced it is indicting a medical center operator for colluding with some of its competitors to not recruit one another’s senior-level employees. This indictment is the latest move against this employment practice that the government has focused more upon since 2016. 
Quick Hits - July 28, 2021

27 July 2021

Quick Hits - July 28, 2021

Author: ASE Staff

Pay raises coming back in 2022:  According to a Willis Towers Watson survey, raises are coming back. The 2021 General Industry Salary Budget Survey found only 3% of companies are not planning to boost salaries next year, a drop from 8% that didn’t give raises this year. Notably, raises are returning to pre-pandemic levels. 
New Study Shows That Men and Women Have Significantly Different Beliefs as to What Constitutes Sexual Harassment

20 July 2021

New Study Shows That Men and Women Have Significantly Different Beliefs as to What Constitutes Sexual Harassment

Author: Heather Nezich

Earlier this week, TalentLMS, a leading learning management system, and The Purple Campaign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending sexual harassment in the workplace, released the results of a survey on sexual harassment training at work. The results reveal that men and women have significantly different beliefs as to what constitutes sexual harassment.
Are You Planning for the Polywork Generation?

20 July 2021

Are You Planning for the Polywork Generation?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It’s neither the one job for life nor the one specific career path for life that motivates the new workforce.  Today, particularly millennials (aged between 25 and 40 years old) and Gen Z (up to 24 years old), are rejecting the concept of one full-time job and a single boss in favor of something that’s being dubbed polywork, or having multiple jobs at once.

The Importance of Having a “No Show, No Call” Policy in Place

20 July 2021

The Importance of Having a “No Show, No Call” Policy in Place

Author: Michael Burns

A “No Show, No Call” policy states simply if an employee is absent from work and does not call within a certain period of time the company will consider this abandonment of a job and a voluntary quit. In Michigan, our unemployment compensation law considers not calling and not showing up for work for three days a disqualification for unemployment benefits when a “No Show, No Call” policy is in place.

Avoiding Risk in Background Screening

20 July 2021

Avoiding Risk in Background Screening

Author: Susan Chance

Is avoiding risk in background screening worth having someone on staff just to help with beefing up your company’s background checking practices? One publication suggests just that. It has been my experience that most people working with backgrounds are wearing many hats, and especially with all of the events of the last 16 months or so, employers have been in a race to keep up with all of the changes to their practices just in regard to the COVID pandemic. Given the time and attention...
Employee Reimbursement FAQs

20 July 2021

Employee Reimbursement FAQs

Author: Linda Olejniczak

A reimbursement or expense policy should clearly outline how your business deals with company related expenses and offer a detailed explanation on how employees are able to get reimbursed.  Most include the following key elements:

Quick Hits - July 21,2021

20 July 2021

Quick Hits - July 21,2021

Author: ASE Staff

Are new hires ghosting you? A recent EPTW poll of the week revealed that in the last 3-6 months, 88.2% of our readers have been ghosted by an applicant or new hire.  In Korn Ferry’s new survey, nearly a third of participating U.S. retailers say at least 25% of the candidates they hire to staff their distribution centers have ghosted them.
Survey Reveals the Importance of Workplace Flexibility in Manufacturing

13 July 2021

Survey Reveals the Importance of Workplace Flexibility in Manufacturing

Author: Heather Nezich

While challenging, workplace flexibility in manufacturing will prove invaluable for remaining competitive now and into the future. A new report, "The Future of Flexible Work in Manufacturing: Workforce Priorities for a Hybrid World," by Manufacturers Alliance, in collaboration with Aon plc, finds five major drivers of success for manufacturers as they shift out of the pandemic and into the future.

Is Remote Work Dumbing Us Down?

13 July 2021

Is Remote Work Dumbing Us Down?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The benefits of remote work, when logistically feasible, are immense.  Employees have more flexibility with their day, and employers have found that employees tend to work longer.  It has forced employers to rethink the future workplace. But there are drawbacks. 

A Look at ASE’s 2021/2022 Michigan Policies & Benefits Survey Results

13 July 2021

A Look at ASE’s 2021/2022 Michigan Policies & Benefits Survey Results

Author: Jason Rowe

ASE recently published the results to its biennial Policies and Benefits Survey. Survey results are broken into nine major categories and are based on three employer sizes in both the National and Michigan (a subset of the national report) editions. Over 125 Michigan employers participated in the 2021/2022 edition, and 332 questions were answered regarding human resource policies and employee benefit offerings.

Employee Classifications, Policy Manuals, and the Importance of Both

13 July 2021

Employee Classifications, Policy Manuals, and the Importance of Both

Author: Michael Burns

Every couple of years (or less) a lawsuit ruling is published that reminds and confirms the importance of employer policies and handbooks for protecting the employer. A recent example is the case handed down by Michigan’s Court of Appeals (6/24/2021) about an employee of Emmett Charter Township that over the years had been both an employee and an independent contractor for the Township.

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