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17

Apr

2018

HSA Enrollment is Growing…or Is It?

Author: Kevin Marrs

As of January 2017, 52 health insurance providers reported 21.8 million HSA/HDHP enrollees, up from 20.2 million in 2016.  This is according to a recently released survey from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) who also reported a 9.2% increase in enrollment in HSA/HDHP from 2016 to 2017 in an analysis of a constant sample of 45 health plans.

17

Apr

2018

Keys to Retaining Millennials

Author: Heather Nezich

Millennials are known for not spending too long at one company.  In fact, according to Gallup, 60% of Millennials are open to a new job opportunity right now.  By the time they reach age 32, most will have had four different jobs.  What can organizations do to encourage them to stay longer?

10

Apr

2018

Should After Hours Email Be Banned? New York City is Considering It

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to Adobe’s 2017 Consumer Email Survey, the average employee spends 3.3 hours per day checking and responding to their emails.  If you do the math, that equals 16.5 hours a week, which is 41% of a standard 40-hour work week.  The average amount of emails a typical employee receives is 122 per day.  A study by the Danwood Group found that it takes an average of 64 seconds to recover from an email interruption (regardless of the email’s importance) and return...

27

Mar

2018

Harassment by Emojis – The Newest Headache for HR

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Several weeks ago, in EverythingPeople This Week!, we reported on studies that showed that when an employee uses emojis in their work communications it can actually make them look less competent.  Aside from the impact to an employee’s reputation, there is a more sinister issue HR needs to be aware of.  Emoji use has now become another potential avenue for sexual harassment.

20

Mar

2018

The Job Market is Heating Up for Those Over 55

Author: Heather Nezich

While the recent EEOC case against Diverse Lynx, revealed that age discrimination still exists when they told an applicant born in 1945 that they were no longer interested and “age does matter,” many employers are now embracing an older work generation.

13

Mar

2018

Brace Yourself for the March Madness Productivity Drop

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

The highly televised Olympic games just ended and over the course of 2½ weeks in February, NBC live streamed all 1,800 plus hours of the winter games.  For employers, this provided plenty of distractions as employees often diverted their attention to track their favorite sports and athletes.  Now that the calendar has flipped to March, employers should be prepared for the next productivity drain – the March Madness NCAA college basketball tournament.  

6

Mar

2018

Workplace Monitoring Technology Getting Too Close for Comfort

Author: Michael Burns

For each advancement in work monitoring technology, personal privacy dissipates, and legal concerns grow. Security cameras, computer software that monitors keystrokes and computer use, and key fob sensors are now considered old compared to what is now available.

27

Feb

2018

Suicides in the Workplace on the Rise

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to recent federal data analysis, suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years with increases in every age group except older adults.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics reported in 2016 that U.S. suicides overall totaled nearly 45,000 and was a 35% increase compared with 10 years earlier.  While the overall suicide rate has climbed, so has the number of employees that choose...

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.

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