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Treatment for COVID-19 May Result in Hefty Medical Bills for Employees as Insurance Companies Remove Waivers

31 August 2021

Treatment for COVID-19 May Result in Hefty Medical Bills for Employees as Insurance Companies Remove Waivers

Author: Kevin Marrs

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has strained our healthcare system.  Now as the pandemic enters a new resurgence in the United States and hospitalizations increase, employers and their employees might be in for a surprise: hefty medical bills.  
Worker Pay Jumps, Government Data Shows

3 August 2021

Worker Pay Jumps, Government Data Shows

Author: Kevin Marrs

On Friday, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released data from its Employment Cost Index.  The data confirms what many employers are experiencing; wages are increasing.  On a national basis, costs for wages and salaries among private industry increased 3.5%.  This is the largest increase in more than 14 years. 

ASE Releases COVID-19 Return to Work Survey Findings – Employers Taking a Cautious Approach to In-Person Work

1 June 2021

ASE Releases COVID-19 Return to Work Survey Findings – Employers Taking a Cautious Approach to In-Person Work

Author: Kevin Marrs

ASE has released the results of our most recent COVID-19 Business Impact Survey.  The COVID-19 Return to Work Survey, launched on May 13, 2021 and examined employers’ plans around return to work.

2020 Graduates Still Struggle to Find Work, Survey Finds

20 April 2021

2020 Graduates Still Struggle to Find Work, Survey Finds

Author: Kevin Marrs

The impact of the pandemic on college recruitment has been significant.  According to a recently released survey by the online employment website Monster, nearly half (45%) of the class of 2020 are still looking for work.  This impact is likely familiar to those who had the misfortune of graduating college during past recessions.

New Report Shows How Virtual Recruitment is Impacting New College Grads

9 March 2021

New Report Shows How Virtual Recruitment is Impacting New College Grads

Author: Kevin Marrs

A recent Forbes article pointed to the impact of the pandemic on talent acquisition.  The article, among other highlights, suggested that the digital transformation of talent acquisition is well underway and here to stay.  While this may not come as a surprise for some who are well into their journey, there is some evidence that employers need to do more for certain groups of applicants, namely college graduates.

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.

Survey Shows That Michigan is More Optimistic About Future Economic Conditions Than the Nation Overall

1 December 2020

Survey Shows That Michigan is More Optimistic About Future Economic Conditions Than the Nation Overall

Author: Kevin Marrs

In the just released 2021 National Business Trends Survey from the Employer Associations of America (EAA), 44% of executives expect the overall outlook for the 2021 economy to be improving. This annual survey shares information on what executives nationally are doing to address the changing business climate. Survey responses also reflect the impact COVID-19 has had on this year’s business trends.

Parenting During the Pandemic

20 October 2020

Parenting During the Pandemic

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to Cleo, a parenting benefits company, working parents in the U.S. are losing a cumulative 720 million hours each week to stress, anxiety, and caregiving.  This is according to their State of Working Parents Study published in late September.
HR Jobs of the Future – Are You Prepared?

8 September 2020

HR Jobs of the Future – Are You Prepared?

Author: Kevin Marrs

Have you ever thought of becoming a Distraction Prevention Coach or perhaps an HR Data Detective?  How about a WFH Facilitator?  Well, according to Cognizant Center for Future of Work and Future Workplace these jobs might become common place in HR departments.
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.
Remote Work Fuels Fears of Risk from IT Departments

26 May 2020

Remote Work Fuels Fears of Risk from IT Departments

Author: Kevin Marrs

A recent study, Virtual Economy IT Impact, by HiveIO suggests that during this pandemic most organizations have failed to deploy new technologies to monitor, manage, and support at-home employees.  While this might be expected given the sudden onset of remote work for many, it is leading to concern among many IT departments faced with supporting the new virtual workforce. 
Coronavirus a “Stress Test” for Corporate Ethics

26 May 2020

Coronavirus a “Stress Test” for Corporate Ethics

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to research by the ethics and compliance firm LRN Corporation, the current pandemic may prove to be an unintended test of cultures and codes of conduct as businesses determine how to reopen and navigate the inevitable strain of operating during a pandemic.

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What Will Happen with Telecommuting After COVID-19?

12 May 2020

What Will Happen with Telecommuting After COVID-19?

Author: Kevin Marrs

ASE’s 2018 Workplace Flexibility Survey, published in early 2019, noted that over 60% of organizations offered telecommuting for their staff (62%).  But there was a big catch – telecommuting arrangements were generally reserved for a select few. According to our data, telecommuting was largely granted to employees based on managers discretion (79%) or based on the position (59%).  The impact of those restrictions resulted in fewer than a third of employees participating...
Technology Challenges Lead to Lost Productivity, Study Suggests

28 April 2020

Technology Challenges Lead to Lost Productivity, Study Suggests

Author: Kevin Marrs

Employers continue to face many technical challenges as they seek to ensure business continuity during the pandemic and the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order implemented by Governor Whitmer.  For some organizations, the transition to remote work was seamless. Infrastructure and equipment were in place, and the shift to remote work was simply a matter of making permanent what was once only occasional or reserved for a select few.  For other organizations, it meant procuring...
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DOL Releases Temporary FFCRA Regulations Clarifying Employer Coverage and Documentation Requirements

7 April 2020

DOL Releases Temporary FFCRA Regulations Clarifying Employer Coverage and Documentation Requirements

Author: Kevin Marrs

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which creates two new emergency paid leave requirements in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  
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