EverythingPeople This Week!

23

Jun

2020

Professionals Hesitant to Return to the Office as the Nation Begins to Reopen

Author: Heather Nezich

According to a new Korn Ferry survey, even when they are cleared to do so, many professionals say they will not be going back to the office, with half saying they are afraid to return.

16

Jun

2020

Social Distancing in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

OSHA recently released guidelines for implementing social distancing in the workplace.  Employees must maintain six feet distance between themselves at all times – sometimes easier said than done.

9

Jun

2020

How Will Employers Enforce Social Distancing and Mask Wearing?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In the office or factory setting, people will be moving, meeting, or just hanging out by the water cooler.  Work, where people spend more waking time in their lives than any other place, is a social hub.  So how will employers deal with the physical distancing and mask wearing required in today’s new work site? 

9

Jun

2020

5 Considerations for Employee Health Screening

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Companies are looking for ways to make the workplace as safe as possible, and the concept of screening employees for COVID-19 has become part of the workday. What should you consider when evaluating screening methods?

9

Jun

2020

CDC Issues Employer Guidance on Reopening Office Buildings

Author: Heather Nezich

Although EO 2020-115 states that employees that are able to work remote should remain doing so, many office buildings are beginning to reopen.  But there are safety precautions to be aware of after a building has been closed for an extended period of time.  The CDC has published COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings guidance.

2

Jun

2020

COVID-19 Safety Developments

Author: Michael Burns

On Monday the Governor moved to reopen that state by rescinding the stay-at-home order. Most businesses except for a few may now open by June 8th if not before (EO 2020-110). In the last week the state and federal agencies have moved to set up further reopening actions for employers.

2

Jun

2020

Businesses Prepare to Reopen as Summer Approaches

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Michigan is beginning its phased approach to reopening and is now in phase 4.  Employers will be busy this summer as they return to work.  It will be important to remain compliant with all COVID-19 legislation and health and safety guidelines.  Below are some items to consider as workplaces open.

26

May

2020

19

May

2020

Mask Wearing and Other New Safety and Health Rules – Employees and Customers May Express Their Opinion. Be Ready to Reply.

Author: Michael Burns

Although employers will be implementing many new safety and health practices in the coming weeks and months, there will also be employee relations challenges as a result. Some employees will come back believing that wearing a face mask at work is a request not a requirement. Some may even take rules requiring wearing a face mask as a political challenge or an afront to their personal liberties. Employers will need to be ready to communicate why the employee cannot ignore or refuse to comply...

12

May

2020

Illness Preparedness and Response Handbook Policy

Author: Michael Burns

Moving forward through the COVID-19 pandemic will be a drawn-out process. If your firm has not drafted or revised your handbook to strengthen its existing policies, the following sample provides a basic policy that can be edited to your organization’s specific program and practice.

12

May

2020

Psychological Impact of Pandemic Includes Worker Depression, Exhaustion, and Hopelessness

Author: Heather Nezich

New research from SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) offers a warning to U.S. employers about the psychological effects of COVID-19.  Although millions are currently laid off, many workers have continued to work through the pandemic and are feeling stressed. 

5

May

2020

Should Employers Use Thermal Tools to Detect Potentially Sick Employees?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Under OSHA guidelines and the tacit approval of the EEOC, when bringing employees back to work, employers may monitor employee temperatures.  To do so, employers are considering options ranging from standard thermometer guns to more sophisticated social-distancing and heat-detection cameras, some of which are paired with facial-recognition software that security officials can use to track and identify employees who may show symptoms of COVID-19.

5

May

2020

If Employees Get Sick With COVID-19 When We Return to Work, Are Employers Liable?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The biggest fear for employers is what to do if an employee who came back to work is later diagnosed with COVID-19.   Are employers liable for these situations? 

21

Apr

2020

Contemplating Policy Concerns with Employee Masking

Author: Michael Burns

ASE has turned its Coronavirus resourcing toward returning to work. In the coming days and weeks, ASE will be putting out resources and webinars to help employers prepare for their restart/re-opening. Much of this will be about safety. One safety recommendation is face masking.

21

Apr

2020

COVID-19 Mitigation Measures Could Lead to Wage and Hour Issues

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With businesses bringing workers back and conducting mitigation measures such as taking the employee’s temperature, requiring an entrance questionnaire, and using social distancing for punching in and out, wage and hour issues have arisen.  Although the EEOC under its guidance allows employers to measure employees’ body temperatures, there is no FLSA pandemic guidance that addresses the time waiting for these mitigation measures. 

14

Apr

2020

10 Ways to Deal with the Stress of COVID-19

Author: Heather Nezich

COVID-19 has caused much stress for all of us.   Work normally done in an office environment is now being done at home, surrounded by family for many.  Lives been altered, and the fear of the unknown can be overbearing.  Many may feel they have lost control.  But you still have control and choices, they have just changed.

14

Apr

2020

CDC Provides Guidance for Bringing Essential Workers Back to Work

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The CDC has released guidelines regarding when people in critical infrastructure roles can return to work after being exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.  To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, the CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.

14

Apr

2020

Get Out In Front of Coronavirus Safety or Get Run Over

Author: Michael Burns

It is being reported that employees working under essential employee status are not only starting to walk off the job but are filing safety violation complaints with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) if they feel that their employers are not demonstrating enough concern over their safety and the risks they are taking while working during this pandemic. 

24

Mar

2020

Keeping Employee Morale Up During the Pandemic Crisis

Author: Heather Nezich

With Governor Whitmer’s new executive order, any non-essential employees are now working remotely where possible.  Employees are experiencing great stress during this time.  As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on our nation, it’s important for employers to find ways to boost morale.

24

Mar

2020

A Letter to our Members from Mary E. Corrado Regarding Executive Order 2020-21

Author: Mary E. Corrado

Monday, March 23rd, Governor Whitmer announced an expansion of Executive Order 2020-21 that in order to suppress the spread of COVID-19, to prevent the state’s health care system from being overwhelmed, to allow time for the production of critical test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment, and to avoid needless deaths, it is reasonable and necessary to direct residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

24

Mar

2020

ASE Releases COVID-19 Employer Response Survey Results

Author: Kevin Marrs

On March 18th, ASE released a survey that tracked employer’s growing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, launched when there were just 26 confirmed cases in Michigan, provides a comprehensive look at efforts and measures employers have taken or are considering in response to both human resource and business continuity concerns.

17

Mar

2020

17

Mar

2020

President Trump Signs The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Expanding FMLA

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On Wednesday, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), which was passed by the Senate earlier that day.  Mr. Mnuchin, the U.S. Secretary of Treasury, stated that the law is only the second in what is likely to be multiple legislative efforts to protect the economy—including workers and businesses—from the fallout of the spreading Coronavirus.    

17

Mar

2020

A Letter to Our Members Regarding Coronavirus

Author: Mary E. Corrado

The Coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything any of us have experienced.  ASE is closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state health agencies regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our focus is to meet our members’ needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities healthy and safe.

10

Mar

2020

FAQ’s for Potential HR Issues Arising from the Coronavirus

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As of March 11, it is reported that the global death toll from the virus is now around 4,300. COVID-19 has infected over 119,500 people across the world and spread to more than 80 countries and territories so far.  There have been 30 reported deaths in the United States with over 1,000 reported cases.  Two cases are now being reported in Michigan (Wayne County – domestic travel identified and currently in isolation; Oakland County – international travel identified and...
RSS

Subscribe to EverythingPeople This Week!

Get valuable insight into the developments
both inside and outside the HR position.

Subscribe

 

Filter:

Filter by Authors

LinkedIn Facebook Twitter YouTube

Contact

American Society of Employers

Victor Park West
19575 Victor Parkway, Suite 100
Livonia, MI 48152

Contact Us
Phone: (248) 353-4500
Fax: (248) 353-1224