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13

Feb

2018

Love Contracts in the Office?

Author: Heather Nezich

Many employees have signed non-disclosure agreements or non-compete agreements, but a love contract?  With all the recent news around sexual harassment in the workplace, employers are taking a new, stricter stance on romance in the office.

13

Feb

2018

Emojis in Work Communications – A Risk to Your Reputation?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

While the use of emoticons and emojis are more commonly utilized in texting and personal conversations, they are now making their way regularly into the workplace. But, can the use of emojis in work communications be a risk to your reputation?  

6

Feb

2018

A Three-Hour Work Day?

Author: Heather Nezich

Many of us have a hard time getting enough done in an eight-hour workday, but can you imagine a three-hour work day?  Some employers are testing shorter work days or weeks.

30

Jan

2018

Quick Hits - January 31, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Fertility benefits a growing trend for employers: The percentage of employers offering fertility benefits to employees is expected to grow from 55% in 2017 to 66% by 2019, according to the 2017 Maternity, Family and Fertility Benefits Survey from Willis Towers Watson. Of the employers currently offering fertility benefits, 65% offer coverage for fertility services to same-sex couples — a percentage expected to increase to 81% by 2019. Of employers offering and enhancing fertility...

30

Jan

2018

44% of Employers Plan to Hire This Year

Author: Heather Nezich

CareerBuilder's annual forecast shows that 44% of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2018 and half (51%) will hire temporary employees. But the most pressing question remains: how quickly can they fill those roles, if at all?

30

Jan

2018

Avoid Your Own HR Horror Story

Author: Susan Chance

While more and more companies are conducting background checks and drug screening, there are still many employers who don’t want to spend the money it takes to complete a thorough background check.  Penny wise, pound foolish is an old British saying that means to be extremely careful about small amounts of money and not careful enough about larger amounts of money.  Failing to complete a full background check on new employees may be a pound foolish decision especially when...

30

Jan

2018

Do You Work with a Psychopath?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

When you think of a psychopath, images of a serial killer are often a first reaction. Perhaps characters such as Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs or Patrick Bateman from American Psycho come to mind. But the vast majority of individuals that have psychopathic personality traits are nothing like the characters portrayed in the movies and are encountered in everyday life, including in the workplace.

23

Jan

2018

Bored Employees are Jumping Ship

Author: Heather Nezich

According to a new survey by Korn Ferry of nearly 5,000 professionals, being bored and lacking challenge is the number one reason employees will seek a new job in 2018.

16

Jan

2018

Technology and Flexibility Remain Key to HR Effectiveness in 2018

Author: Heather Nezich

As technology continues to evolve, it affects the workplace and the workforce.  For organizations to remain competitive in a tight talent market, they must keep up with these changes.

16

Jan

2018

Male, Female, or Nonbinary? How to Handle Gender Reporting in the Workplace

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Over the last several years, employers have become much more conscious and pro-active about creating work environments that are diverse and LGBTQ inclusive. While there have been many articles and guidance that have been published to help employers when a transgender employee goes through a gender transition process, most employers are not prepared for how to respond when an employee wishes to identify themselves as neither gender.  The term non-binary is used to describe an...

16

Jan

2018

The Gig Economy: Is Employment in the U.S. Changing?

Author: Keisha Ward

The gig economy is an interesting shift occurring in today’s workforce. The term itself might be new to some, however the concept is not foreign at all.  Many Americans have considered themselves independent contractors, consultants, freelancers, or temps at one time in their career. In years past, these titles were used to describe a smaller group of workers who have found themselves in a short-term position – often as a result of unemployment or career transition....

2

Jan

2018

Walmart Offers New Financial Wellness Services

Author: Kevin Marrs

The holidays have wrapped up for most Americans, and now the focus will likely shift toward paying for the gifts that Santa left behind, and the meals and entertainment shared with family and friends.  While these financial burdens are likely heightened this time of year, monthly expenses, unexpected bills, medical bills, retirement savings, and student loans are regular concerns of the average American worker.  In fact, according to the 2017 PwC Employee Financial Wellness Survey,...

2

Jan

2018

2018 Economic Forecast

Author: Michael Burns

At the close of 2017 and the start of 2018 experts provide forecasts and data on what this year’s economy may experience. The following are some of those forecasts.

19

Dec

2017

Three Surprise Rulings That Will Have a Big Impact on Employers in 2018

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Surprising all pundits including ASE, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) came out with three decisions last week that were not expected until 2018. 

19

Dec

2017

What Employers Must Do to Defeat a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Author: Michael Burns

Despite decades of experience trying to address sexual harassment in the workplace, the recent wave of workplace harassment complaints all over the media have put employers back on their heels.  Supervisors and managers must know how to respond to a situation of harassment as well as the complaint. 

5

Dec

2017

More Developments on Non-compete and Other Employer Agreements

Author: Michael Burns

In our article in last week’s EPTW This Week!, “Non-solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements Tested by Social Media,” the aspect of too restrictive non-compete agreements in the face of employee social media use was reviewed. Judicial and legislative activity in the areas of employee non-competition, non-solicitation, non-poaching, and confidentiality agreements has increased significantly in the last few years.

5

Dec

2017

Are Dress Codes on Their Way Out?

Author: Heather Nezich

Dress codes have become increasingly less stringent over the past several years.  Even industries known for their conservative, formal attire such as law and finance are moving towards less rigid restrictions.

28

Nov

2017

Bah-Humbug! Office Etiquette for Holiday Gift Giving

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

It’s hard to believe, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday have already come and gone kicking off the 2017 holiday shopping season.  While many of us are already feeling overwhelmed with finding the perfect gifts for friends and family, navigating the politics of office gift giving can add even more holiday stress.  From office Secret Santa gift exchanges to group gifts for the boss, it’s enough to make anyone say bah-humbug.  So before you begin shopping, use the...

28

Nov

2017

Non-solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements Tested by Social Media

Author: Michael Burns

Employers today should assume employees are tied to one another through the use of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or all of these social media sites. In fact, employers can and do encourage employees’ use of social media to enhance marketing, business development, and employee recruitment.  However, employers are also utilizing confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements that not only seek to protect client relations and important business strategies but also an...

21

Nov

2017

HR Perceived as Enabling a Sexual Harassment Environment

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Many pundits accuse human resources of enabling a sexual harassment environment.  HR is “as bad as FEMA after Katrina,” said Gary Namie, a social psychologist and director of the Workplace Bullying Institute.  “HR is a management support function,” Namie said. “They’re all about liability protection, and they’re worried about protecting the organization.”  

14

Nov

2017

Flu Season is Upon Us

Author: Heather Nezich

With November arriving, so has the official start of the flu season.  An outbreak of the flu in the workplace can cause significant reduction in productivity.  Employers should educate their employees on how to avoid the flu and how their sick policies apply should an employee get sick.

14

Nov

2017

Is It Time for More Mindfulness Training at Work?

Author: Kevin Marrs

A recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University may provide employers another reason to look closely at mindfulness training for their organization.  Their research showed that mindfulness exercises can reduce the body’s response to biological stress.  Specifically, the researchers found that acceptance, or learning how to be open and accepting of the way things are in each moment, is essential for the stress reduction effects.

7

Nov

2017

Workers are Stressed Out

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by the American Psychological Association shows that stress in America is at an all-time high.   While main sources of stress for more than 66% of the respondents tend to be about our country’s future and political issues, money and work still tend to be major stressors.

24

Oct

2017

Believe It or Not, The Holidays Are Coming

Author: Sara Pebbles

If you aren’t happy that Christmas decorations are in stores before Halloween then you aren’t going to like what I am going to say next.  It’s time to start planning the office holiday party. 

26

Sep

2017

“Paw-ternity” Leave? Have Employer Benefits Jumped the Shark?

Author: Heather Nezich

In the US employers are trying to stay competitive with basic or extended maternity leave, and more progressive employers now offer paternity leave as well.  But a business in Scotland is now offering “paw-ternity” leave for new pet owners.

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