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Apr

2019

Do the Colors of Your Office Walls Matter?

Author: Heather Nezich

The short answer is yes.  Color can affect workers’ moods.  The colors you decorate an office space with can impact employee behavior and productivity.

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Apr

2019

Quick Hits - April 17, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Employers broaden impact of diversity and inclusion:  Employers are taking a broader view of inclusion and diversity, and a growing number are now embedding their inclusion and diversity objectives into workplace culture and benefit programs, (e.g., health care, retirement, voluntary benefits, and perks), as well as employee pay and wellbeing initiatives. This, according to research from Willis Towers Watson’s 2019 Emerging Trends in Health Care Survey.   

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Apr

2019

Quick Hits - April 10, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

MPML 'Adopt and Amend' question to be heard by Michigan Supreme Court:  The Supreme Court announced it will hold oral arguments in July on the requests from the House and Senate for an advisory opinion regarding the constitutionality of the adopt and amend strategy used last session on the minimum wage and paid sick time laws (MPML).  

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Apr

2019

Quick Hits - April 3, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Supreme Court being asked to rule on web accessible company sites:  The Supreme Court is being petitioned by Dominos to decide whether ADA website/mobile app accessibility lawsuits violate due process.  

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Mar

2019

Quick Hits - March 27, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

PMLA and MI Minimum Wage posters:  If you need a copy of the Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act (PMLA) poster, click here.  If you need a copy of the Michigan Minimum Wage poster, click here.

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Mar

2019

Quick Hits - March 20, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

More employees have shorter tenures at employers: The Employee Benefit Research Institute's newest study, "Trends in Employee Tenure, 1983–2018," finds the percentage of wage and salary workers ages 20 or older that had one year or less of tenure with their current employer increased from 17.4% in 2010 to 20.5% in 2018. 

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Mar

2019

Quick Hits - March 13, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 Component 1 reporting season starts March 18:  The EEOC sent out a press release on March 8 and 9 stating that it will officially open the 2018 EEO-1 survey (aka Component 1) on March 18, 2019. 

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Mar

2019

Quick Hits - March 6, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Daylight Savings ends March 10th: This year has gone fast and now we are changing time again.  Set your clocks forward one hour Sunday morning (March 10).

5

Mar

2019

The Value of Charitable Giving

Author: Susan Chance

ASE’s Annual HR Conference is next week, and as we have for the past couple of years, we are tying a charitable giving campaign to the conference. While we give all the attendees the opportunity to contribute to the chosen charity, you may not know that we also have an internal project for giving to that charity.

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Feb

2019

Quick Hits - February 27, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

More prospective employees rejecting first offer salaries:  55% of employees negotiated salary the last time they received job offers before accepting them, according to staffing firm Robert Half. That's an impressive 16-point jump from a similar survey conducted a year prior. 

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Feb

2019

Quick Hits - February 20, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Still can’t find workers? The number of available jobs exceeded unemployed Americans by 1 million at end of 2018, according to the Labor Department.  That's the highest level of available jobs on record dating back to 2000.  

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Feb

2019

Quick Hits - February 13, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Michigan Paid Sick Leave Poster now available: Effective March 29, 2019, the Paid Medical Leave Act, 2018 PA 338, as amended, requires covered employers to display the new poster in a conspicuous place that is accessible to eligible employees.  Click here for a copy of the poster.

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Feb

2019

Quick Hits - February 6, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 reporting opening in March:  Due to the partial lapse in appropriations, the opening of the EEO-1 has been postponed until early March 2019. The deadline to submit EEO-1 data will be extended until May 31, 2019. 

5

Feb

2019

Another Reason Why Employers are Leaving Illinois

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It used to be that many of Michigan's college graduates left the state to go to Chicago.  Plentiful jobs, a vibrant downtown, and reasonable costs for living.  But that has changed.  Although the city is vibrant, Chicago is expensive, and businesses are leaving.  Illinois’ reputation has taken a hit in past years. Since 2000 two out of four governors were convicted and sentenced.   Moreover, Illinois’ constitution has been read by the Illinois Supreme...

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Jan

2019

Quick Hits - January 30, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

It’s OSHA time again: For employers who are required to maintain work-related injury and illness records, it’s that time of year again. Employers covered by OSHA’s recordkeeping rule are required to prepare and post the OSHA Form 300A, “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses,” beginning February 1 and keep the form posted until April 30. 

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Jan

2019

Quick Hits - January 23, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 reporting likely delayed:  With the partial government shutdown impacting the EEOC, it is likely that the EEO-1 reporting will be delayed. The EEOC had apparently planned to open the 2018 EEO-1 filing website during the second or third week of January 2019, with a planned filing deadline of March 31, 2019

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Jan

2019

Quick Hits - January 16, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Governor Whitmer signs executive directive expanding equal opportunity with the state: On January 7, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2019-9 focused on assuring equal opportunity in state employment, contracting, grant and loan programs, and the provision of state services.   

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Jan

2019

Quick Hits - January 9, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

IRS releases new travel rates:  The IRS has released the optional standard mileage rates for 2019. The standard mileage rates for 2019 are 58 cents per mile for business uses, 20 cents per mile for medical uses, and 14 cents per mile for charitable uses.  

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Jan

2019

What will be New for HR in 2019 and Beyond?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Now that it's 2019, the crystal ball is brought out to provide a glimmer of the future.  What should HR expect down the road?  How can HR be more proactive and ahead of the curve?  In HR, it’s like putting out fires every day, and strategic thinking goes to the wayside when every minute something new and distracting takes precedence.  The following are predictions by various seers as to HR in 2019 and beyond.

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Dec

2018

Quick Hits - December 19, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

If government shuts down, what exactly happens? Sometimes lost in the discussions of the government shutdown brinksmanship is that, this time, things are a bit different.  

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Dec

2018

Quick Hits - December 12, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

IRS extends filing time for 1095s: Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have until March 4, 2019, 

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Dec

2018

Quick Hits - December 5, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Millennials are no different than their parents, just poorer:  Millennials are probably tired of being called out all the time.  Truth is, they are very similar to previous generations (and for those Millennials reading this, the Boomers got a lot of flack as well in their time).  

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Nov

2018

Quick Hits - November 28, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Michigan interest rates rising: The Michigan interest rate for underpayments and overpayments of taxes has increased from 5.41% to 5.9% for the period of January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019. Source: Michigan Department of Treasury, Revenue Administrative Bulletin 2018-23, November 13, 2018

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Nov

2018

Quick Hits - November 21, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Two more states increase minimum wage:  The mid-term elections have ushered in a wage boost for workers in Arkansas and Missouri. Voters approved ballot initiatives that will raise the minimum wage in Arkansas from its current $8.50 an hour to $11.00 an hour in 2021. In Missouri, voters gave the go-ahead to increase the state minimum wage of $7.85 an hour to $12.00 an hour by 2023.

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Nov

2018

Quick Hits - November 14, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Employees looking for new jobs while at work: Most professionals feel confident testing the employment waters, even from their current office, research suggests. In a survey from global staffing firm Accountemps, 78% of workers said they would feel at least somewhat comfortable looking for a new job while with their present company
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