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Inadequate Total Compensation is the Most Common Driver of Turnover

29 November 2022

Inadequate Total Compensation is the Most Common Driver of Turnover

Author: Heather Nezich

The SHRM Better Workplaces on a Budget Recommendations report reveals the top drivers of employee turnover and offers specific strategies for addressing each of them. Many of these recommendations can be implemented with little to no additional budget.

Michigan Circuit Court Reminds Employers About Voluntary Quitting and UI Benefit Qualification

22 November 2022

Michigan Circuit Court Reminds Employers About Voluntary Quitting and UI Benefit Qualification

Author: Michael Burns

Many human resources professionals have experienced the worker that for one reason or another gets fed up and just walks off the job. It’s unfortunate and disrupting but also sets the machinations of employment policy and law in motion. A recent Michigan Court of Appeals case affirms that employees that walk off the job not only voluntarily quit, but also disqualify themselves from unemployment compensation benefits.

Appeals Court Decision Reminds Employers that FLSA Requires Pay for ALL Hours Worked

25 October 2022

Appeals Court Decision Reminds Employers that FLSA Requires Pay for ALL Hours Worked

Author: Michael Burns

Employers often ask ASE about breaks for non-exempt salaried or hourly employees and whether they must be paid. Generally, they should be paid if the break is less than 20 minutes in duration (Sec. 785.18 Rest). Meal periods of at least 30 minutes can be unpaid (Sec. 785.19 Meal).

Post Dobbs – Dealing with the Travel Issue

25 October 2022

Post Dobbs – Dealing with the Travel Issue

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that abortion and access to abortion is not a constitutional right and reverted back to state laws for determining the legality of the procedure.  In other words, only states have the power to regulate abortion and access to it. 

Employer Provided Student Loan Repayment Programs Growing in Popularity

25 October 2022

Employer Provided Student Loan Repayment Programs Growing in Popularity

Author: Emily Fioravante

While not a widely offered benefit, student loan repayment programs may be growing in popularity.  According to Forbes, there are approximately 44 million individuals that have student loan debt. 

New California Pay Transparency Law

20 September 2022

New California Pay Transparency Law

Author: Anthony Kaylin

California legislature passed S.B. 1162 and is currently waiting for the Governor’s signature, creating new obligations for California employers by amending the earlier pay reporting requirements. 

Ins and Outs of Perfect Attendance Awards

13 September 2022

Ins and Outs of Perfect Attendance Awards

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Does your organization award perfect attendance?  Is it done on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis?  And what does perfect attendance mean exactly?  Perfect attendance needs to also take into account the variety of days that should still be counted towards perfect attendance without penalizing the employee for taking them.

2023 Open Enrollment Checklist

6 September 2022

2023 Open Enrollment Checklist

Author: Linda Olejniczak

To prepare for open enrollment, group health plan sponsors should be aware of the legal changes affecting the design and administration of their plans for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2023. Employers should review their plan documents to confirm that they include these required changes.

Is Wage Growth Driving Inflation?

6 September 2022

Is Wage Growth Driving Inflation?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As the great resignation continues and employees who leave get generally 6% growth in salary than those who stay, a lot of people have argued that wage growth is the key driver of inflation.  However, not yet as many economists say the same.  

OFCCP Updates Compensation Compliance Directive

30 August 2022

OFCCP Updates Compensation Compliance Directive

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Earlier this year, the OFCCP released Directive 2022-01: Advancing Pay Equity Through Compensation Analysis.  There was a lot of controversy over the directive, both with respect to expected analysis and analysis to be submitted when a compliance officer requested it.  For the latter, the agency generated discord in the compliance sector, because it was seemingly saying attorney/client privilege can be overturned by the agency. 

Watch out!  A New Lawsuit Could Upend FLSA Exemption Requirements

16 August 2022

Watch out! A New Lawsuit Could Upend FLSA Exemption Requirements

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A new case has been filed in the Northern District of Texas which could upend the Fair Labor Standards Act law (FLSA).  The new case attacks the two-prong approach of the U.S. Department of Labor of establishing exempt employee thresholds using a salary hurdle test and then the duties test. 

Michigan Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Laws Remain the Same – For Now

2 August 2022

Michigan Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Laws Remain the Same – For Now

Author: Michael Burns

On Friday, Michigan Court of Claim Judge Douglas Shapiro issued a stay order in response to appeals filed by the State of Michigan. The stay was on his ruling two weeks ago holding that the method used by the Michigan Legislature to adopt and amend those laws was unconstitutionally conducted. In staying his ruling, the Judge stated there were “justified concerns” about employer’s ability to accommodate the changes so quickly.

Remote Work – One of the Most Important Benefits a Company Can Offer

26 July 2022

Remote Work – One of the Most Important Benefits a Company Can Offer

Author: Heather Nezich

MRA, one of ASE’s sister associations located in Wisconsin and Illinois, released the results of their latest Hot Topic Survey on Remote Work and Inflation.  The survey revealed that remote work has become one of the most valued benefits companies can offer.

Employers Are Exploring Expansion of Covered Abortion Services

19 July 2022

Employers Are Exploring Expansion of Covered Abortion Services

Author: Heather Nezich

Over one in four employers is exploring the expansion of covered abortion services, according to a new report from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The Post-Dobbs Employer Coverage: July 2022 Pulse Survey revealed current abortion coverage offerings and future considerations. When asked about making changes to current coverage for abortion services, employers responded with the following:

Detroit Area Wages for Tech Talent Lags West Coast

12 July 2022

Detroit Area Wages for Tech Talent Lags West Coast

Author: Kevin Marrs

Wages among Detroit area tech startups fall short of other cities according to a report from Carta.  In fact, the California-based technology software company revealed that Detroit area tech workers earn just 77% of what they would make in the metro areas of San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and San Jose, California.  These cities were identified as the areas with the highest pay packages.

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