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12

Feb

2019

Do You Have an Office Valentine?

Author: Heather Nezich

One out of every three American adults currently are or previously have been in a workplace romance, according to a new poll released by SHRM—the Society for Human Resource Management.  To help deal with the complications of workplace romance, many organizations implement love contracts.

12

Feb

2019

Have You Reviewed Your Background Disclosure Forms for Proper Grammar and Clarity?

Author: Susan Chance

If you haven’t put your background disclosure forms through a legal audit recently, you should. While laws and legalese can often be complicated and hard to understand, the regulations on background check disclosure forms require that they are simple and easy to understand. You will also want to make sure that your grammar and punctuation are accurate on your forms, if you don’t want to end up on the losing side of a lawsuit.

12

Feb

2019

The Drama Over the OFCCP $400 Million Oracle Law Suit Continues

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The long running audit of Oracle by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) has turned in favor of the OFCCP.  The two areas of contention include first, that an analysis of Oracle pay data shows it shorted thousands of females, black, and Asian workers by as much as five figures relative to their white colleagues each year from 2013 through 2016.  Second, Oracle favored Asian applicants over non-Asian job applicants, particularly Hispanic...

12

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.

5

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

Retraction of Narrower Independent Contractor Definition Continues

Author: Michael Burns

Of the many Obama era labor and employment overreaches, the re-defining of joint employer and independent contractor was (and continues to be) arguably the most controversial. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) previously focused on union-employer relations.  But during the Obama Administration it imposed itself on the world of corporate law by reconstruing the law and using its case decision making authority to find most independent contractor relationships void.  This in...

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...

5

Feb

2019

Record Setting Polar Vortex - What is Your Inclement Weather Policy?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Many organizations found themselves unprepared for the record cold that gripped the Midwest for days last week.  Inclement weather can have a serious impact on an employer’s productivity, be it managing employees who can’t make it into work due to heavy snowfalls or school closings, or trying to figure out whether to send employees home early due to an approaching blizzard or closing the office and allowing telecommuting due to the bitter cold.

5

Feb

2019

Press Play for Productivity

Author: Sara Sosnowski

Distractions come at us all day in the workplace.  It is no secret that distractions can stop productivity in its tracks.  To combat the distractions, you might try turning your phone to “do not disturb”, prioritizing projects, or closing your office door.  But have you ever tried putting on some headphones?  In their Music at Work Survey, Accountemps found that 85% of employees like to listen to music at work, and 71% think they are more productive at work...

5

Feb

2019

Employers Open to Boomerang Employees – But Most Employees Not Interested

Author: Heather Nezich

A new Accountemps survey found that more than nine in 10 senior managers (94%) are open to rehiring boomerang employees – staff members who previously left the company on good terms.  However, the survey also revealed that former employees were not quite as eager for a reunion, with only 52% of workers likely to apply for a position with a previous company.

29

Jan

2019

Common HR Blind Spots

Author: Heather Nezich

Today's HR departments suffer from several major blind spots, according to the HR Blind Spot Report 2018 from HR.com and Ipsos. By understanding and addressing these blind spots, HR professionals can maximize their ability to achieve crucial organizational goals.

29

Jan

2019

Websites Under ADA Attack

Author: Anthony Kaylin

There have been a number of lawsuits filed testing the accessibility of websites and compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  It is costly for organizations to defend these lawsuits, and especially will be as “tester” applicants muddy the waters. 

29

Jan

2019

Union Membership Continues to Slip

Author: Michael Burns

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its report on 2018 union membership last week and total union membership continues to slip as a percent of the U.S. workforce. For 2018 total union membership – public and private employers – stood at 10.5% (14.7 million workers). That downward trend of 0.2 percentage points from 2017, continues a downward trend from the union movement’s heydays of the late 50’s/early 60’s where union membership was estimated at over...

29

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. 

29

Jan

2019

How to Fix a Weak Employer Brand

Author: Shannon Reed

Perspective candidates have access to your employment brand 24/7.  When you recruit for an organization that has a solid and stable brand, it’s a thing of beauty.  Candidates will click away on your website, fill out that application, and even join your talent network.  A good employment brand will pull candidates toward you.  A bad one can turn them off; forever. 

22

Jan

2019

Are You Using Programmatic Job Advertising?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The future of recruiting is changing rapidly.  With a labor market that is tight, recruiting dollars are being reviewed as to the return on investment (ROI). The traditional recruitment model is coming to an end. Online consumer marketing techniques are coming to the forefront of recruiting.  Instead of the shotgun approach of job boards, programmatic job advertising is a focused approach to specific job seekers.  Using programmatic consumer advertising principles and tools,...

22

Jan

2019

Fluctuating Workweek Method to Determine Regular Rate of Pay

Author: Michael Burns

Last week’s EPTW article, Keeping up on Your Fair Labor Standards Act Understanding, reviewed the recent Department of Labor Opinion Letter (FLSA 2018-28) outlining a legal method to calculate a regular rate of pay when more than one pay rate is paid to an employee. The Opinion Letter stated an employer may not arbitrarily set a regular rate from two or more pay rates that it uses to calculate overtime from. It must calculate the regular rate by averaging hours worked and the different...

22

Jan

2019

How to Get Motivated at Work When Fighting the Winter Blahs

Author: Susan Chance

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, we are left with cold days and too little sunshine. This gives most of us the winter blahs which causes us to feel more tired, and motivation to get work done can be a challenge. Our year-end results depend a lot on our successes early in the year. So how can we stay motivated at work, especially when we don’t get enough sunshine and for many of us, it is dark when we come to work and dark when we go home?

22

Jan

2019

Top Technology Trends in Today’s Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

Today’s workplace continues to evolve due to ever changing technology advancements.  Some of the top trends include cybersecurity, remote work, voice search, cloud computing, and more.

22

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

22

Jan

2019

Best Practices of Written Warnings and Performance Documentation

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Creating a solid documentation trail is critical for employers when working with an employee on performance issues.  Documentation creates a written history of the happenings and discussions that occur around specific events.  In a legal proceeding, having documentation about the employee’s past performance is key to obtaining an outcome favorable to the employer.

15

Jan

2019

Creating an Effective Onboarding System

Author: Jason Rowe

Up to 20% of employee turnover occurs within the first 45 days of employment, according to research by O.C. Tanner.  In addition, according to McLean & Company’s 2018 HR Trends report, only 37% of HR professionals rate their onboarding efforts as effective. 

15

Jan

2019

Is an 8-hour Work Day Productive?

Author: Heather Nezich

In the U.S., full-time employees generally work 40+ hours per week.  We work more than most first world nations including Germany, France, and England.  But are we as productive?

15

Jan

2019

Rethinking Hiring and Training

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Most employers have jobs that have certain requirements that must be met before the job can be filled.  Many times, it is an educational requirement.  If an employee wants to improve their opportunities within an organization, many employers provide tuition reimbursement up to the tax-exempt maximum of $5,250 a year.  However, these payments are made only after an employee has paid for, successfully taken the course, and received a “C” or better. 

15

Jan

2019

Keeping up on Your Fair Labor Standards Act Understanding

Author: Michael Burns

Does an Employer Have to Pay an Applicant for Interviewing for a Job? Of course not, one might say. But not so fast. Does your company use a “working interview” to select qualified employees? Some companies use this form of applicant screening. As the name suggests, a “working interview” has the applicant performing work or they have the potential employee attend training during the selection process.
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