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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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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. 

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).

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). 

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

14 July 2020

Mask Wearing – Employees and Customers May Utilize to Express Their Political or Social Views

Author: Michael Burns

In May EPTW published an article conjecturing that employers would likely face masking issues involving inappropriate images and messages on worker face wear. We stressed, for the most part, that employers have control over what employees wear in the workplace unless overridden by formal federal or state safety and health regulation or a collective bargaining agreement.

14 July 2020

Six Items to Keep in Mind as Employers Prepare for a Hot Summer

Author: Heather Nezich

This summer has been a hot one so far, and as workers return from quarantine they may be out of shape and out of practice when it comes to workplace safety procedures.  On top of that, they are often having to wear a face mask while working.

7 July 2020

Quick Hits - July 8, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Payroll bill will make things easier for remote workforce:  The Senate has introduced the Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act of 2020. The act would limit the authority of states or other taxing jurisdictions to tax wages and other remuneration from employment in other states or taxing jurisdictions. A similar bill was introduced in the U.S. House in 2020.  

7 July 2020

Are You Prepared for a Second Wave of Coronavirus?

Author: Anonym

As employees start returning to work the majority of employers are shifting their focus to initiatives to keep them safe.   According to the latest COVID-19 pulse survey by Willis Towers Watson nearly 40% of employers expect enhancing programs and actions around employee safety to be a priority over the next six months.  The last time this survey was ran in April only 27% of employers expected safety programs to be an important priority.

7 July 2020

Expectations for HR are Higher than Ever Before

Author: Heather Nezich

With the COVID-19 pandemic, more is being demanded from HR than possibly any other time in history. Virtually overnight, HR moved from a focus on recruiting and retaining scarce talent in a tight labor market to coping with massive layoffs, furloughs, budget constraints, remote work, and historic levels of employee anxiety. Seldom has HR’s job been more challenging.

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