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24

Apr

2018

Stress is a #1 Reason for Employee Absence

Author: Heather Nezich

According to new research from Group Risk Development (GRiD), stress and stress-inducing situations are the main cause for short term employee absences.  What can employers do to improve this statistic?

24

Apr

2018

Cocaine – The Next Drug Crisis?

Author: Susan Chance

Opioid addiction and related deaths are all over the news, along with all the rhetoric about marijuana, but those are not the only drugs out there which are becoming problems. Cocaine is making a comeback, and according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, cocaine is second only to opioids when it comes to drug related deaths.

24

Apr

2018

Quick Hits - April 25, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 reporting extended to June 1:  With a number of problems reported with the tool as well as customer service, the EEOC has extended the filing deadline to June 1.

24

Apr

2018

OFCCP Releases Audit Scheduling List Process

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Last week was a fairly newsworthy week at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).  For federal contractors who long had to deal with the secrecy and “gotcha” attitude of the prior administration, the new administration is a sigh of relief.  

24

Apr

2018

Tornado Season is Here – Is Your Organization Prepared?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Spring has finally seemed to make its way to Michigan, but as the weather turns warmer along with it comes spring storms and the possibility of tornados.  While tornados can occur any time of the year, they are especially common during the late spring and early summer months in Michigan. As one of nature’s most violent storms, they can devastate homes, businesses, and property in just seconds.  The most violent tornados may have wind speeds of 250 mph or more and may last for...

24

Apr

2018

Types of Restrictive Covenants Available to Protect Your Organization

Author: Michael Burns

Employers are faced with many concerns over the acts of employees and former employees that conflict with employers’ best interests. From starting a competing enterprise to stealing customers or clients, employers can address most of these situations with a good employment contract.  The following outlines the various types of restrictive covenants employers can put in place to address these concerns.

17

Apr

2018

Quick Hits - April 18, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Defamation in the air: There’s a reason why corporate HR is tight-lipped about former employees. Calling to check a potential new hire’s reference? Good luck getting more than dates of employment. The reason: defamation. 

17

Apr

2018

U.S. Department of Justice Continues its Anti-Poaching Agreement Position

Author: Michael Burns

In January the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would pursue anti-poaching agreements as a violation of antitrust law.  The Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division made it official last week by issuing an announcement about its case against several companies in violation of the law.  The DOJ announced it had filed a complaint against Knorr-Bremse AG, Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation, and Faiveley Transport for conspiring to not compete for...

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?

17

Apr

2018

When is Travel Time Work Time Under FLSA?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Calculating time worked for non-exempt employees who travel for their job is a challenge for many employers.  On April 12, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division issued an opinion letter that tackles this question.

 

10

Apr

2018

Quick Hits - April 11, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Major disconnect between employees and managers on value of performance reviews: Reflektive, the real-time performance management cloud company, today announced the results of a new study that reveals a massive disconnect between employees’ and business leaders’ perspectives on the current state of performance feedback and management. 

10

Apr

2018

Scheduling Pregnancy Japanese Style?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Americans are often amazed at the various work practices found in other parts of the world.  For many global U.S. companies, it is especially difficult to be local yet remain global in practice and still abide by U.S laws and standards.  Work culture often varies depending on the nationality of the ownership of the company.

10

Apr

2018

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Auto Dealership Service Advisors Are Exempt

Author: Michael Burns

On Monday, April 2, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a 5-4 decision ruling that an auto dealership’s service advisors that greeted and advised customers on their auto service needs were covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) special exemption addressing auto dealership personnel. This decision overturned a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 2016 that these service providers were not covered by the FLSA’s exemption and were eligible for overtime. At a...

10

Apr

2018

Is The Gender Pay Gap Real?

Author: Heather Nezich

Yesterday, April 10, was Equal Pay Day, which means that women had to work all of 2017 and until April 10, 2018 to equate to what men made in just 2017.  On average, women in the U.S. are paid 20% less than men according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. This research prompted Lean In, a nonprofit founded by Sheryl Sandberg to empower all women to achieve their ambitions, to start a new hashtag, #20percentcounts.

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...

10

Apr

2018

Salary Speaks Louder Than Gender

Author: Keisha Ward

We’ve discussed impending changes in the way salaries are approached in today’s market.  It is understood that many states are banning and have banned the practice of using salary history as a factor during salary negotiations. On Monday, a federal appeals court ruled that salary history cannot be considered as a factor to justify wage inequalities between men and women.  To put it plainly, employers can no longer justify paying a man more than a woman based on what she...

3

Apr

2018

Significant Health Care Cost Savings Seen by Managing Dependent Eligibility

Author: Michael Burns

A survey of articles on the effectiveness of dependent eligibility audits show employers, on average, find between 4-8% of current participants ineligible for their healthcare plan coverage. In some cases, ineligible dependents constituted for 15% of the dependents receiving health care benefits. The average cost per ineligible dependent to the employer is between $3,500 and $4,500 per year.

3

Apr

2018

The Detrimental Effects of Micromanagement

Author: Heather Nezich

Micromanagement can destroy employee motivation, creativity, and job satisfaction, and it is the biggest complaint workers have.  If not addressed, employees are likely to leave.  And if there is no exit interview performed, an organization might not even realize it’s happening.

3

Apr

2018

In-House Education Making a Strong Comeback

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As employers bemoan the harsh reality of the lack of qualified workers, other organizations are taking steps to overcome the obstacle, including creating their own in-house education programs.

3

Apr

2018

Myths Surrounding Background Checks

Author: Susan Chance

Never judge a book by its cover.   When it comes to selecting the best candidates to work for your company, going deeper than just face value should be a routine practice.  Yet, according to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey that outlines myths around background checks, not all companies or workers understand the process.

3

Apr

2018

Quick Hits - April 4, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Michigan prohibits ban-the-box: Michigan law now prohibits local government entities from implementing so-called “ban-the-box” provisions, under a 2015 law (Public Act 105). 

27

Mar

2018

Quick Hits - March 28, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

DOL budget maintains current spending levels:  The much anticipated budget appropriations for the Department of Labor and its divisions were included within the omnibus. The DOL essentially maintained its current funding levels for FY19, receiving a 1% increase to $12.2B. 

27

Mar

2018

McDonald's Corporation Moves to Settle with NLRB

Author: Michael Burns

Since 2012, McDonald’s Corporation and the NLRB have been embroiled in the question of what joint employment is. The question is over whether the McDonald’s Corporation as a franchisor could be held responsible for allegedly wrongful employment practices of its franchisees.

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.
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