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May

2017

Why Aren't More Women in the Workforce?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

According to US Census statistics, 57% of women work outside the home, compared with 69.2% of men. Fed Chairperson Janet Yellen stated that “[o]ne recent study estimates that increasing the female participation rate to that of men would raise our gross domestic product by 5%.”  So why aren’t more women in the workforce?

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May

2017

Is it Legal to Pay a Woman Less if Based on Salary History?

Author: Heather Nezich

Solely based on Federal law…yes.  A federal court ruled last week that it is legal to pay female employees less than men if it is based on past salary history.  This decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a previous ruling that stated that pay differences solely on past salary history were discriminatory, based on the Equal Pay Act.

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Apr

2017

Increase in Infertility Coverage Latest in Family Friendly Benefit Offerings

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

In the ongoing war for talent, many companies are looking to broaden their benefits coverage and make them more family friendly.  One benefit that is garnering more attention and is on the rise is coverage for infertility treatments such as fertility drugs, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and fertility concierge services.  For employees facing difficulties conceiving, the financial cost of pursuing such options on their own can be out of reach.  The American Society for...

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Apr

2017

Is Work/Life Balance a Pipe Dream?

Author: Heather Nezich

With everyone being connected 24/7, is achieving work/life balance really just a pipe dream?  For most people it is more about creating a blend of the two, not necessarily creating two separate pieces in balance.  So instead of continually trying to achieve balance between the two, consider integration instead.  When you integrate your work with your life you are more likely to be happy and achieve success.

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Apr

2017

Ohio Most Recent State to Pass “Parking Lot” Gun Law

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

On March 21, 2017, the state of Ohio was the most recent state to approve a gun law that allows individuals with a valid concealed handgun license (CCW) to possess firearms in their vehicles on their employer’s property.  This type of gun law is commonly referred to as a “parking lot" gun law, and Ohio has joined a growing list that now totals over 20 states that have enacted such a law.  The intent of these guns-at-work laws is to protect an individual’s right to...

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Apr

2017

Microchipping Employees –The Future is Now

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As we first reported in last week’s Quick Hits, what seems to be a page from an Isaac Asimov or Robert Heinlein sci-fi novel, a Swedish startup, Epicenteris, is implanting chips in their employees hands.  These microchips, the size of a grain of rice, function as swipe cards to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.  It is not required of every employee, but is done on a voluntary basis.  The chips are injected — using pre-loaded...

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Apr

2017

Not an Employee. Not an Independent Contractor. What is a Contributor?

Author: Michael Burns

In his article “The Future Rise of the ‘Contributor’ – Are We Closer To Finding That Elusive Third Category of Worker?”, Richard Meneghello, Attorney at Fisher Phillips, states that a recent survey by Ranstad US finds many workers want to be called “contributors” instead of “employees” or “independent contractors.” The survey report entitled “Demystifying The Future Workforce” notes that Millennials that embrace gig...

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Apr

2017

Common Mangerial Mistakes that Force Good Employees to Leave

Author: Heather Nezich

It’s hard enough to find good employees, so when you find them make sure your managers are not making any of these common mistakes that drive employees to look elsewhere.  It holds true that employees don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.

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Mar

2017

Study Suggests Telecommuting Employees May Have Lower Wage Growth

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Telecommuting offers numerous positives for both employers and employees.  A few of those benefits include increasing employee productivity due to fewer distractions, improving employee satisfaction and retention rates, saving employee commuting costs, and offering employees more flexibility with their schedule.  According to Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego-based consulting firm that specializes in flexible-workplace strategies, 20-25% of U.S. employees are estimated to...

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Mar

2017

ASE’s Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey Paints a Rosy Picture for Area Manufacturers

Author: Sara Pebbles

Last month American Society of Employers released the results to its 2016 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey for the fourth quarter of 2016.  A close look at the data suggests strong improvements in the business outlook among employers in the Manufacturing and Goods Producing sector.  Thirty-seven percent of employers in that sector reported that their organization’s future (i.e., 6 to 12 months) business outlook had improved moderately or significantly.  Compared...

28

Mar

2017

Does Office Layout Affect Productivity?

Author: Heather Nezich

Many studies have shown that the environment employees work in does have an effect on their productivity.  From wall colors, to furniture, to technology, to office layout…it all makes a difference.   A recent study from the architecture firm, Gensler, found that there is evidence that links workplace performance to office design.

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Mar

2017

Working May be the Fountain of Youth

Author: Heather Nezich

More and more Americans are working into their 70s and 80s.  While so much attention has been given to the Millennial generation, the average U.S. employee is actually getting older.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 1994 the median age of U.S. employees was 37.7 years old. That climbed to 40.3 years old by 2004 and to 41.9 years by 2014.  By 2024, the median age of U.S. workers is expected to be 42.4 years old.  In addition to that, workers are...

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Mar

2017

Joint Employment Status Tests Continue to Evolve

Author: Michael Burns

There has been a lot of judicial activity involved in trying to identify an appropriate test for determining whether an employee is in fact actually employed by two different employers. This circumstance generally arises when one business (primary) engages another (secondary) and the contracting business exercises sufficient control whereby the “law” is compelled to treat them jointly.

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Mar

2017

Uber is Under Fire in the HR World

Author: Heather Nezich

Uber has been in the news a lot lately regarding its meritocracy practices and competitive culture.  Although this mentality has brought them from a mere start-up to a $68 billion company, their corporate image is being bruised and it’s leaving a black mark on former employees’ resumes.

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Feb

2017

How to Do Away Annual Performance Reviews and Why

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey revealed that 58% of executives think that their current performance management approach does not drive employee engagement or high performance.  More and more companies are doing away with annual performance reviews all together.  But how are they doing it successfully?

14

Feb

2017

Money Isn’t Everything!

Author: Jason Rowe

In ASE’s soon to be released 2016 Quarterly Economic and Employment Survey – 4th Quarter we are continuing to see the number one reason employees are leaving their organization are for better advancement and promotion opportunities. Compensation doesn’t even make the top three reasons why employees leave. As HR professionals it should come as no shock that it is not the money (or lack thereof) that is driving employees away, it is the other (mostly free) things that...

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Feb

2017

Are Remote Workers Less Engaged?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to Global Workforce Analytics 3.7 million employees now work from home at least half the time.  In addition, Gallup reports that 37% of US workers say they have telecommuted at some point in their career.  This is four times greater than just 9% back in 1995.  With the growing population of telecommuters, are these workers feeling less connected and isolated?  

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Feb

2017

A New Approach to Employee Engagement

Author: Heather Nezich

Employers want their employees to bring their whole selves and full potential to work every day.  But the truth is, many employees are running on empty most of the time.  In order for employers to have a real effect on their employees, they must create programs that go beyond “wellness” and contribute to the employee’s total “wellbeing.”

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Jan

2017

Bullying in the Workforce

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Workplace bullying is way more common than it should be.  Research from the University of Phoenix revealed that over 75% of employees surveyed have experienced workplace bullying – either as a witness or a victim.  It’s important to be aware of the signs within your organization so that you can recognize when bullying is occurring and stop it in its tracks.

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Jan

2017

The Six-Hour Workday Experiment and Its Results

Author: Heather Nezich

After a two-year government study on 6-hour work days that took place in Sweden, the results are in.  While employees proved to be happier, employer costs were higher.  Is the increase in cost worth it?

24

Jan

2017

Recruiters are Watching

Author: Keisha Ward

If you ever feel like you are being watched, you are probably right! A recent survey conducted by Jobvite revealed that recruiters spend a great deal of time reviewing social media accounts.  Careerbuilder.com says using social media to screen candidates has increased by 500% over the last decade and will continue to grow.

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Jan

2017

Yoga – The Latest Workplace Wellness Activity to Improve Productivity and Lower Stress

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

As a way to lessen the effects of stress and its negative health impact on workers, employers may want to consider including workplace yoga and meditation in their array of workplace wellness activities.  In a new study of more than 85,000 adults, yoga practice among U.S. workers nearly doubled from 2002 to 2012, increasing from 6% to 11%.  In that same time period, meditation rates also increased from 8% to 9.9%.  

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Jan

2017

Will Artificial Intelligence Take Away Jobs?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The verdict is not in yet.  Experts have always argued that technology improvements have always created new jobs while eliminating old ones, displacing but not replacing workers.  For example, the auto industry was a leader in robotics in the assembly of cars.  The type of jobs changed and workers (with union collaboration) had to be retrained for a new manufacturing future.  But the changes in technology are different today.  From fast food ordering to delivery...

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Dec

2016

HR Trends to Expect in 2017

Author: Heather Nezich

2017 is right around the corner, and the HR industry is ever changing.  The war for talent continues to evolve, performance reviews as we know them are disappearing, and just when we figured out the Millennials, Generation Z is entering the work force.  Let’s look at some trends being predicted for 2017.

13

Dec

2016

With the New Administration, What HR Rules are on the Chopping Block?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With the election of Donald Trump and the control of both houses of congress by the Republicans, the question has been asked many times – what Obama Administration rules will be on the chopping block?  There have been many new rules initiated, including FLSA Overtime, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, OSHA and more.   

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