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A Look Back...The Labor Bureau of the Employers’ Association of Detroit

31 January 2023

A Look Back...The Labor Bureau of the Employers’ Association of Detroit

Author: Thomas Klug

When a small group of employers gathered in December, 1902, to form the Employers’ Association of Detroit (EAD), one of their top priorities was to create and staff an employment (or labor) bureau that would provide them with reliable information about the workers passing through their shops.  “If a man is an agitator and trouble breeder you will know it when you hire him (and that is a good time to find out,” noted Henry Leland.  “If he is lazy, if he is a...
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Fieger Didn't Win This Case

31 January 2023

Fieger Didn't Win This Case

Author: Michael Burns

Geoffrey Fieger is known for being a tough litigator and plaintiff’s attorney. However, his firm lost in a Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) case decided by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last week. The case involved one of his female attorneys requesting unpaid leave to care for her 2-year-old son that she feared had contracted COVID and already suffered from respiratory illness. Before she could formalize the request and provide the necessary FMLA supporting information, Fieger...
The Challenges and Changes That Hybrid Work Has Brought in 2023

31 January 2023

The Challenges and Changes That Hybrid Work Has Brought in 2023

Author: Emily Fioravante

ASE’s 2022 Post-Pandemic Remote Work Survey, released in November of last year, found that most companies that call for in-person work require two to three days to be onsite. Many companies have been flexible in that approach, allowing employees to decide on which days they want to work from home and which days they want to work onsite.   

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Can an Employee Resource Group (ERG) Lead to Labor Issues?

31 January 2023

Can an Employee Resource Group (ERG) Lead to Labor Issues?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Affinity Groups, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), and the like are hallmarks of diversity programs.  Specifically, ERGs could consist of a variety of identities from African American, Hispanic, disabled, women, LGBTQ, and more.  90% of Fortune 500 companies have been reported to have at least one.  Those who participate in ERGs believe they help move the needle with equality and inclusion in their workplaces.  

Uncertainty Can Trigger Furloughs and Layoffs

31 January 2023

Uncertainty Can Trigger Furloughs and Layoffs

Author: Linda Olejniczak

The layoff tidal wave is growing.  The downsizing of Q4 continues into the new year as companies slash staff.  This is the last thing employers and employees want to see happen. It means financial uncertainty for all parties involved. The reality is that sometimes these measures must be taken.  Let’s define the differences, the pros, and cons.

Quick Hits - February 1, 2023

31 January 2023

Quick Hits - February 1, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Illinois joins states with Paid Sick Leave for any reason: On January 10, 2023, the Paid Leave for All Workers Act (the “Act”), S.B. 208, passed both chambers in the Illinois Legislature, mere days into the new legislative session.

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5 Core Elements to Nurturing a Healthy Culture

24 January 2023

5 Core Elements to Nurturing a Healthy Culture

Author: Mary E. Corrado

Workplace culture is like a plant – it needs watering and nurturing to grow. It isn’t stagnant – it is ever changing.  Many people talk and write about maintaining a healthy work culture, but in actuality we should be helping it to grow and change.

Categories: Blog
Top 5 Items Your Training Room Needs TODAY!

24 January 2023

Top 5 Items Your Training Room Needs TODAY!

Author: Clifton Clarke

Have you ever entered a classroom and immediately started yawning?  How about trying to pay attention and you can’t stop staring at notes on the flip chart from the last class?  Whether too much or too little decoration, to keep your audience engaged and fresh, you’ll need the right mix of decoration and stimuli to pull off an incredible learning experience.  Here are the top 5 tips to achieve that.

Employees Seek Additional Financial Wellness Training

24 January 2023

Employees Seek Additional Financial Wellness Training

Author: Heather Nezich

Due to inflation, 78% of employees want more support from their companies, and getting financial wellness benefits at work is important to 77% of U.S. employees across industries, according to a new survey from TalentLMS.

Union Membership Drops to 10.1% of the U.S. Workforce in 2022

24 January 2023

Union Membership Drops to 10.1% of the U.S. Workforce in 2022

Author: Michael Burns

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that union membership continues its over 40-year decline. Union membership in 2022 declined to 10.1% of U.S. workforce down from 10.3% in 2021. That said, total union membership rose by 273,000 to about 14.3 million workers. But, because of the number of U.S. wage and salary workers (most non-union) grew by 5.3 million workers the reported union membership as a percentage of that total workforce continued to show a decline.

U.S. Department of Labor to Require Labor Advisors for all its Agencies

24 January 2023

U.S. Department of Labor to Require Labor Advisors for all its Agencies

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Marty Walsh and White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young issued a joint memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies directing them to designate “labor advisors.”  The purpose of the labor advisors is to assist in the strengthening of implementation and review of Federal contract labor and employment practices based on recommendations from the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing...
Quick Hits - January 25, 2023

24 January 2023

Quick Hits - January 25, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Federal Contractors, OFCCP’s Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letter (CSAL) is out:  On January 20, 2023, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published the latest Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) for supply & service contractors, which is comprised of 500 federal contractors and subcontractors. 

Does Your Handbook Need a 2023 Refresh?

17 January 2023

Does Your Handbook Need a 2023 Refresh?

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Updating your employee handbook is a critical annual initiative for an HR department.  It ensures compliance with industry standards and federal and state laws.  

Are Your Managers an Asset?

17 January 2023

Are Your Managers an Asset?

Author: Tom Jackson

One of the top five reasons employees leave jobs is because they don’t like their immediate boss. So, with an estimated 25-40% percent of employees saying they would like to change jobs in 2023, it might be a good time to assess what kind of frontline managers your company has.

4 Steps for Employers to Curb the Spread of COVID’s Most Contagious Mutation Yet

17 January 2023

4 Steps for Employers to Curb the Spread of COVID’s Most Contagious Mutation Yet

Author: Heather Nezich

As we enter the new year, and the fourth year of the pandemic, the COVID-19 virus continues to mutate. Two new Omicron subvariants, known as XBB and XBB.1.5 – unofficially nicknamed “Kraken” by some scientists – have emerged as the most transmissible strains to date. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that these new strains account for close to 50% of current COVID-19 infections and are leading to a spike in infections.
Check Your Limitations of Action Agreement – If You Use One

17 January 2023

Check Your Limitations of Action Agreement – If You Use One

Author: Michael Burns

What is a statute of limitations agreement? In the employment context, this is an agreement between the employer and employee that states the employee agrees to bring any claims against the employer within a specific period of time after employment.

Healthcare a Key to Retention of Employees

17 January 2023

Healthcare a Key to Retention of Employees

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A new survey by Forbes found that 8% of respondents left a job they liked to seek better health insurance. Another 20% decided to get a full-time job instead of a part-time job so they could get coverage. 31% of respondents with employer-sponsored insurance said they stayed with a job they disliked for the company’s health insurance. 

Quick Hits - January 18, 2023

17 January 2023

Quick Hits - January 18, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

Telehealth flexibility extended two more years: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 has extended telehealth flexibility for two years. These provisions are now set to expire December 31, 2024, for calendar-year plans.

How to Replace Small Talk with Smart Conversation

10 January 2023

How to Replace Small Talk with Smart Conversation

Author: Mary E. Corrado

We’ve all had to conduct small talk from time to time…casual conversations that revolve around unimportant matters.  But what if instead, we had smart conversations that led to building better relationships?

Categories: Blog
Federal Trade Commission Proposes Elimination of Non-Compete Agreements

10 January 2023

Federal Trade Commission Proposes Elimination of Non-Compete Agreements

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) blew the proverbial lifeguard whistle on employer non-compete agreements and said they were going to order “everybody out of the pool.”

What is Keeping HR up at Night?

10 January 2023

What is Keeping HR up at Night?

Author: Heather Nezich

A survey conducted by Human Resource Executive (HRE) in late 2022 revealed that the top five things keeping HR up at night includes hiring and retention, stress, culture, technology, and learning and development.

Be Careful if Laying Off H-1B Employees

10 January 2023

Be Careful if Laying Off H-1B Employees

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In a time when labor hoarding is occurring in some sectors, yet in others, layoffs are happening, employers with H-1Bs need to follow a process or it could be a costly mistake in which an H-1B is not found to be properly terminated.

 

Changes to Know About in California Background Checking Law

10 January 2023

Changes to Know About in California Background Checking Law

Author: Susan Chance

California is once again looking at making changes to how employers can use information from background checks in employment decisions. The California Civil Rights Department’s Civil Right Council released their most recent draft of changes to their Fair Employment and Housing Ace (FEHA) this past December. This update addresses proposed changes to the use of criminal history for employment decisions.

Quick Hits - January 11, 2023

10 January 2023

Quick Hits - January 11, 2023

Author: ASE Staff

IRS mileage rate is 65.5 cents per mile in 2023:  The rate for business use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck is now 65.5 cents per mile. This represents an increase of 3 cents from the agency’s midyear increase back in June for the second half of 2022, when the IRS set the per mile rate at 62.5 cents.

Record Wage Hikes for Employees

3 January 2023

Record Wage Hikes for Employees

Author: Kevin Marrs

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta reports that wages for workers who remained at their employment increased 5.5% in November compared to a year earlier. 

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