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30

Jun

2020

Step Up Against Hiring Discrimination

Author: Sheila Hoover

As talent acquisition professionals, we are all trained to hire the candidate who best fits the position description and company culture, no matter what race, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sexual preference the candidate is.  We know the consequences of not hiring the best skilled candidate because of bias in the workplace.  But do we really step up to ensure it does not happen?

30

Jun

2020

Quick Hits - July 1, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Watch out for UIA scams:  As many Michiganders are facing challenges in applying for and obtaining unemployment benefits, some are turning to social media seeking help or answers to questions.  

30

Jun

2020

Outside Sales Exemption Gets Three DOL Opinion Letter Reviews

Author: Michael Burns

In the world of Wage and Hour law exemption determination there is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that is the law on what jobs are “exempt” from most recordkeeping and payment of overtime for work over 40 hours in a week.

30

Jun

2020

Organizations Increased Upskilling/Reskilling Efforts During COVID-19

Author: Heather Nezich

A new study conducted by TalentLMS and Workable, in collaboration with Training Journal, revealed that almost half of the surveyed companies have stepped up their upskilling and reskilling efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak. At the same time, 42% of employees pursued additional training on their own.

30

Jun

2020

The Supreme Court’s LGBTQ Decision Impacts Employer Sponsored Health Plans

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Last month’s Bostock decision ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ rights.  This decision has a number of subtle impacts that employers need to be cognizant of, including compensation and by extension employer sponsored health plans.

23

Jun

2020

Quick Hits - June 24, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Antibody tests cannot be required for return to work per EEOC:  The EEOC provided a new FAQ regarding antibody testing.  

23

Jun

2020

Be Aware of State Laws Surrounding Criminal History Regarding Marijuana

Author: Susan Chance

Marijuana is still an illegal substance at the federal level. However, at the state level there are only eight states that have not made marijuana use legal to some degree. The biggest majority of states have legalized marijuana at the medical use level. There are 11 states which have decriminalized the use of marijuana for medical or recreational use. This can affect past criminal records.

23

Jun

2020

Employees Under 59 ½ Can Take Retirement Plan Distributions Without Penalty Under CARES Act

Author: Michael Burns

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This law allows retirement plan participants access to their retirement plans through plan account distributions and loans that do not suffer the 10% penalty tax usually assessed for early distributions from plans. 

23

Jun

2020

10 Best Practices for Employee Communication During a Crisis

Author: Linda Olejniczak

Employers can earn the trust of their employees through timely and accurate communication.  But how to communicate and how much is a question that came up in a recent ASE Member Roundtable regarding COVID-19 in the workplace.

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.

23

Jun

2020

“No-Label” Explosion Versus Diversity in the Workforce

Author: Anthony Kaylin

It seems we are living in an age where 1960’s racial and gender reporting requirements are archaic.  More workers are not identifying themselves by race/ethnicity and/or gender when applying for positions or when onboarding.

16

Jun

2020

10 Ways to Keep Your Remote Workers Engaged

Author: Jason Rowe

Restrictions have started to lift, and employers have begun the process of reopening their offices and recalling employees from their home offices. But for those employees that remain remote, here are 10 ways to keep them engaged.

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.

16

Jun

2020

Employer COVID-19 Screening Confidentiality

Author: Michael Burns

As we enter the next stage of re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic, employee screening is a critical event. Employers electing to screen employees in any number of fashions (temperature check, questionnaire, and more formal testing) all have an important responsibility – that of confidentiality.

16

Jun

2020

Supreme Court Rules That Title VII Covers LGBTQ Employees

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In a surprising six-three decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ rights (Bostock v. Clayton County Georgia, No. 17-1618 (June 15, 2020)).  Before the decision, 21 states had their own laws prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and seven more provided that protection only to public employees.  Michigan does not provide any...

16

Jun

2020

Quick Hits - June 17, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

I-9 COVID-19 flexibility requirements extended:  In May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19.  This temporary guidance was set to expire June 18. 

9

Jun

2020

A Letter from Mary E. Corrado, ASE President & CEO

Author: Mary E. Corrado

Since March, our nation has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  But there is something much bigger our nation has been fighting for a much longer time – racial injustice. Michigan employers need to lead and encourage diversity, inclusion, and respect in every aspect of the workplace. As an employer association, ASE will do everything we can to support employers in their diversity and inclusion efforts.

9

Jun

2020

Quick Hits - June 10, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

EEOC, NLRB, and ODEP nominations before the full Senate:  The nominations of Keith Sonderling (R), Jocelyn Samuels (D), and Andrea Lucas (R) to fill two EEOC vacancies and succeed longtime Commissioner Victoria Lipnic, respectively, were sent up to the entire Senate for confirmation.

9

Jun

2020

Essential Interview Questions During COVID-19

Author: Sheila Hoover

“Tell me about yourself.”  “Tell me about a time when you disagreed with a co-worker.”  “What accomplishment are you most proud of?”  “What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?”  “Why did you leave your previous employers?”  These questions all help employers gather information about candidates; however, are they the most effective as we rebuild our workforce? 

9

Jun

2020

Bringing Reticent Workers Back

Author: Michael Burns

The New York Times printed a prominent article last week lamenting that workers have been asked to come back to their jobs, and those that are refusing because of fear are losing their jobs and often lucrative unemployment benefits they have been eligible for during the COVID-19 shutdown.

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

Quick Hits - June 3, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Michigan launches new portal for PPE:  The Michigan Economic Development has launched a free Pure Michigan Business Connect COVID-19 Procurement Platform.  The online service is available to employees in need of PPE gear as well as PPE suppliers. 

2

Jun

2020

Refresher on Credit Report Regulations

Author: Susan Chance

You have run a credit check on an applicant or employee, and the report came back with negative information. Because of the information included in the credit report you have decided that you do not want to move ahead with the applicant, or in the case of the employee, keep them on staff. So, can you just rescind the offer to the applicant or let the employee go? The answer is no.

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