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COBRA Changes Under the American Rescue Plan

13 April 2021

COBRA Changes Under the American Rescue Plan

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Congress has made another avenue of health coverage more accessible by fully subsidizing the cost of COBRA coverage (or the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) from April 1 - September 30, 2021 for individuals who lost their health coverage due to an involuntary termination or a reduction in hours under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

Amazon Workers Vote Down Union in Huge Big-Labor Defeat

13 April 2021

Amazon Workers Vote Down Union in Huge Big-Labor Defeat

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the National Labor Relations Board finished tallying the union election votes at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama warehouse facility. The union lost – 1,798 against vs. 738 votes for unionization. A huge defeat for organized labor.
How HR Has Changed During the Pandemic

13 April 2021

How HR Has Changed During the Pandemic

Author: Linda Olejniczak

The pandemic has created drastic changes for organizations and HR departments.  Certain aspects of work that were deemed trends or labeled the future of work are now happening and look like they are here to stay.  Let’s examine how HR has changed during the pandemic.

Employees Lack Basic Cybersecurity Training

13 April 2021

Employees Lack Basic Cybersecurity Training

Author: Heather Nezich

With cyberattacks increasing dramatically after the pandemic, TalentLMS and Kenna Security teamed up to gauge employees’ awareness and knowledge of cybersecurity risks. While 59% of employees received cybersecurity training from their companies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the survey uncovered that these initiatives have been insufficient.

Noisy Job Interviews

13 April 2021

Noisy Job Interviews

Author: Sheila Hoover

We've all been there – the awkward small talk. The fluorescent lights illuminating the sweat on your brow. The feeling like you're a used-car salesman — but the used car is yourself. Job interviews are the worst. And according to a new book, they're often pretty much useless for selecting the best candidate for a position.

Quick Hits - April 14, 2021

13 April 2021

Quick Hits - April 14, 2021

Author: ASE Staff

State of Michigan establishes a communication toolkit for COVID-19:  The State of Michigan has created a communication toolkit that will assist employers with access to important communication resources as they work to educate their employees about the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. This toolkit includes graphics, videos, and handouts that are ready to share with your networks in newsletters and on social media. New content will be added frequently.  Please visit ASE’s...
Michigan Unemployment Expansions Expired as of March 31, 2021

6 April 2021

Michigan Unemployment Expansions Expired as of March 31, 2021

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Unemployment requirements are now reverted back to the way it was before the pandemic hit Michigan.  Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing applicable to state unemployment claims established by Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 20-76, and temporarily codified in statute, expired on March 31, 2021. The last week that the flexibilities apply was the week ending March 27, 2021.

Michigan Employer Workplace Pandemic Safety Regulations Are Still in Effect

6 April 2021

Michigan Employer Workplace Pandemic Safety Regulations Are Still in Effect

Author: Michael Burns

ASE is receiving calls asking whether worker pandemic safety rules are still in effect. Yes, they are. MIOSHA Emergency Rules put in place last October remain in effect until at least April 16th and are, at this point with Michigan cases on the rise, expected to be extended possibly for another six months.

Become a Better Leader or Employee by Improving Your Personal Development Skills

6 April 2021

Become a Better Leader or Employee by Improving Your Personal Development Skills

Author: Heather Nezich

No matter your career level, personal development is always important. Personal development skills are qualities and abilities that help you grow both personally and professionally.

Know Employment Credit Check Limitations Per State – Part 3

6 April 2021

Know Employment Credit Check Limitations Per State – Part 3

Author: Susan Chance

This is the last installment in the list of locations which have laws restricting the use of credit checks in employment decisions. Keep in mind that laws are constantly changing, and new laws can be enacted at any time.

Quick Hits - April 7, 2021

6 April 2021

Quick Hits - April 7, 2021

Author: ASE Staff

Remote I-9 extended to May 31, 2021:  ICE has extended permission for remote Form I-9 document review until May 31, 2021. 

Employee Speaking to Reporter Was Protected Concerted Activity

30 March 2021

Employee Speaking to Reporter Was Protected Concerted Activity

Author: Michael Burns

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that an employer committed an unfair labor practice when it fired an employee for participating in an interview with a journalist about minimum wage law in Arkansas.

Uncertainty Breeds Anxiety

30 March 2021

Uncertainty Breeds Anxiety

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Think of one word to define the last year…uncertainty.  We all know what uncertainty brings on…anxiety.  Each week we do not know what will come next, and that is taking a toll on our workforce’s mental health. 

Employers Facilitating Employee Vaccinations and Making Plans for Return to Office

30 March 2021

Employers Facilitating Employee Vaccinations and Making Plans for Return to Office

Author: Heather Nezich

U.S. employers are taking measures to make vaccines more accessible to their employees and encouraging them to get inoculated, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. Another survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas shows that companies are developing, implementing, and clarifying plans to bring their employees back to the office.

Supporting Your Employees in the New Normal

30 March 2021

Supporting Your Employees in the New Normal

Author: Jason Rowe

Its official. We have survived one year of a global pandemic. While the world tries to navigate this new normal, both at home and in the workplace, employers are faced with an ongoing challenge: How to support employees in an ever-changing business environment. In 2021, compensation and flexibility will be a large part of that support.

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