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Jun

2018

What Lunch Breaks Say about Employee Engagement

Author: Kevin Marrs

Are you a cube warrior?  Eating lunch at your desk, or worse yet…skipping lunch all together?  If you answered yes, your job satisfaction and engagement may be suffering. 

19

Jun

2018

Employees Taking Revenge on Each Other?

Author: Heather Nezich

Remember The Office episode where Jim puts Dwight’s stapler in Jello?  Well, apparently workers taking revenge on each other happens in real life too.

 

19

Jun

2018

Standing Desks – Should Employers Be Providing Them?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Several years ago, all the rage was the use of exercise balls to replace the traditional office chair.  The idea was that the unsteadiness of the exercise ball required the user to engage their core muscles to maintain a stable sitting position.  The result was supposed to be that the user burned more calories than they would sitting in a traditional office chair.  Virtually all later research showed that exercise balls as chairs caused more problems than solutions, and most...

19

Jun

2018

Multimedia and Bot Recruitment can Lead to EEOC Charges

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Employers have to be mindful of their recruitment activities, especially when utilizing social media platforms or bots.  With respect to multimedia litigation, it may become the new bane to recruitment, said Ifeoma Ajunwa, a lawyer and sociologist who teaches at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School.   “The same types of discrimination issues that you would see in traditional hiring are now just being transferred over to the platforms,”...

19

Jun

2018

Quick Hits - June 20, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

ASE’s salary budget survey is now open:  Please participate.  For more information, or to request your organization’s participation materials, contact ASE’s Survey team at 248.223.8051 or Surveys@aseonline.org.

19

Jun

2018

Use of Employee Personal Devices for Work

Author: Michael Burns

Allowing employees to use their own personal electronic devices for doing work presents compliance concerns. From the human resources compliance perspective, employers’ concern is often focused on non-exempt employees being paid legally for working off the clock by responding to emails, texts, and phone calls after hours. Other compliance concerns include performance management, discrimination, harassment, privacy, and safety.

12

Jun

2018

A Brief Primer on Social Security Benefits

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Given that 10,000 Baby boomers retire every day, employees may be coming to HR for help determining when to retire and what benefits will be available to them.  They will likely inquire about how Social Security benefits are determined. 

12

Jun

2018

Quick Hits - June 13, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Available jobs outnumber unemployed workers: The U.S. had more job openings this spring than unemployed Americans.  For the first time since such record-keeping began in 2000, the number of available positions exceeded the number of job seekers, the Labor Department said, a shift that is rippling across the economy and affecting the behavior of employers and workers.  

12

Jun

2018

AI and TA - A Threat or Your New Best Friend?

Author: Shannon Reed

What used to be the plot of a futuristic movie or sci-fi novel has now become everyday news.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is nipping at the heels of many professions, offering a faster, more reliable, objective, and nearly perfect methodology for doing the work that human brains have been doing.  No longer is it simply about automation, AI is now being thought of as a “must have” to gain and keep a competitive edge in businesses of all kinds.

12

Jun

2018

Get Your Employee Handbooks Out Again - NLRB GC Issues New Guidance on Rules/Policies

Author: Michael Burns

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel continues to drive a stake into those radical rule changes handed down over the past ten years with a new memo outlining how rules will be interpreted as permissible or impermissible under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

12

Jun

2018

Will Seasonal Workers Close Job Gaps this Summer?

Author: Heather Nezich

According to CareerBuilder’s annual summer hire survey, 41% of employers plan to hire seasonal workers for the summer, which is on par with last year. Of these employers, 1 in 4 plan to pay summer hires $15 per hour on average – double the federal minimum wage ($7.25). The vast majority (88%) expect to transition some summer hires into permanent roles, up from 79% last year.  Perhaps summer will help fill some the job gaps in today’s workplaces.

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Jun

2018

Quick Hits - June 6, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Supreme Court rules for baker who refused to bake a custom wedding cake ordered from a same-sex couple: The court, voting 7-2, vacated a lower court ruling in backing the state's discrimination charges against bakery owner Jack Phillips. 

5

Jun

2018

Keep Your Workplace Drivers Safe

Author: Susan Chance

Did you know that except for December, the summer months are more dangerous than winter months for driving?  Many organizations have employees that drive as part of their job, so it’s important to keep them educated and safe on the road.

5

Jun

2018

Delaying Retirement – A Benefit for Both Employees and Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute (LIMRA SRI) study “Selecting the Right Carrots: How Employers Can Incent Employees to Delay Retirement,” encouraging employees to delay retirement benefits both the employer and the employee. 

 

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Jun

2018

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Jun

2018

IAM Union Wins High Profile Micro-Unit Vote at South Carolina Boeing Facility

Author: Michael Burns

In a loss that was doubly concerning for non-union employers, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) won an organizing election of a sub-set of machinists at Boeing’s newly opened North Charleston, South Carolina aircraft assembly plant.

5

Jun

2018

Social Media Reveals FMLA Misuse

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Although employers are cautioned to tread social media lightly, it can be a useful tool to confirm an injury or illness when an employee is claiming disability and/or FMLA.

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May

2018

Work Doesn’t Have to be a Drag This Summer – Make it Fun!

Author: Heather Nezich

School might be letting out soon, but most workplaces continue throughout the season with no break.  With summers being so short here in Michigan, some employers offer special, summer-only perks to add some fun over the summer.

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May

2018

Quick Hits May 30, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Layoffs gaining scrutiny for age discrimination by EEOC: Nearly three years after a chip maker launched a series of layoffs that cut more than 10,000 employees globally, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Seattle office is working to determine whether the job cuts were discriminatory. 

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May

2018

DOL Wage and Hour Publishes Opinion Letters Giving Direction on Three FLSA Issues

Author: Michael Burns

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published three opinion letters earlier this month providing employers guidance on how to treat travel time, break time, and whether lump-sum payments can be garnished and to what extent.

29

May

2018

If You Guessed 3%, You’re Right – 2018 Compensation Survey Results

Author: Sara Pebbles

Last week at the 8th annual Compensation & Benefits Conference, ASE released the long-awaited results of ASE’s 2018 Compensation Survey.  Those in attendance were able to get a first look at the results and historical trends.     

22

May

2018

SCOTUS Rules Employers Can Continue To Use Class Action Waivers

Author: Michael Burns

In one of the most anticipated employment and labor law cases, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of arbitration class action waivers earlier this week (Epic Systems Corp. v Lewis 5/21/2018).  

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May

2018

Quick Hits - May 23, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

The Supreme Court decision on on-line gambling: Employers may have to review their computer and online usage policies.  The Supreme Court approved New Jersey’s law for online sports gambling.  It is expected that more states will pass laws similar to New Jersey, as many could use the new revenue source.  

22

May

2018

Smartphones Require BYOD Policies

Author: Keisha Ward

Bring your own Device (BYOD) is an area that all organizations are having to address more today then ever before.  According to SHRM, in 2017 86% of employees used their personal smartphones for work. As we grow more and more reliant on technology and more accustomed to having information readily available, the desire to use one’s own personal device increases. 

22

May

2018

Automated External Defibrillator Use and Liability – What’s Happening Now?

Author: Michael Burns

The number of companies choosing to install Automated External Defibrillators (AED) has grown considerably over the years. ASE’s 2017/18 Michigan Policies and Benefits Survey showed over 73% of employers have one or more AEDs on-site. AEDs are life savers. There are over 350,000 cardiac arrest incidents each year. OSHA reported that about 10,000 of these occurrences happened at work.  It is estimated that 95% of those persons die before reaching the hospital. However, if a person...
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