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12

Nov

2019

Suicide Awareness – Workplace Strategies for Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to federal data, suicide rates in the United States have recently hit their highest rate since World War II.  There has been a 33% increase just since 1999.  High rates of stress, pressures, isolation factors of social media use, and opioid abuse are some of the larger contributing factors. 

12

Nov

2019

U.S. DOL Issues Proposed Regulations Addressing Fluctuating Workweek Schedules and Overtime

Author: Michael Burns

On November 4, 2019 the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced it would revise its fluctuating workweek rules. These rules apply to a fairly narrow segment of the total U.S. labor force. The revised rule would apply to salaried non-exempt employees whose hours vary each week.

12

Nov

2019

Quick Hits - November 13, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

IRS updates retirement contribution limits for 2020: The IRS announced that employees in 401(k) plans will be able to contribute up to $19,500 in 2020, a $500 increase from the 2019 limit. It’s part of the agency’s annual inflation adjustments

12

Nov

2019

Running Background Checks in New York

Author: Susan Chance

If you run employment backgrounds, you know the laws are constantly changing. Some states and cities have laws which are stricter than those of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. New York State and New York City are two such locations.

12

Nov

2019

Sleeping to the Top Rumors: Can’t Women Ever Get a Break?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Given that we are living in the 21st Century, women have achieved much in terms of equality in the workplace, but women are still being held back because of ignorance, economics, and the fact that societal norms are slow to change.  Yet “sleeping to the top” still persists as an attack on women who have made achievements based on competency and hard work. 

12

Nov

2019

The 15 Most Exaggerated Job Titles of 2019

Author: Heather Nezich

Last week we wrote about the importance of having clear job titles to reduce gender bias.  On a similar note, Fitsmallbusiness.com recently released a list of the 15 most inflated titles of 2019, which, if anything, is worth the laugh:

5

Nov

2019

Clear Job Titles and Descriptions Can Reduce Gender Bias in the Workplace

Author: Heather Nezich

Men are more likely than women to say they have more responsibility than their colleagues with the same job title, according to a new survey report by Clutch, a leading B2B ratings and reviews firm. More than one-quarter of men (26%) say they have more responsibility than colleagues with the same job title, compared to 18% of workers who are women. 

5

Nov

2019

Ford UAW Settle Quickly

Author: Michael Burns

Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers (UAW) settled their contract less than a week after ratification of the General Motors-UAW contract.

5

Nov

2019

Final Rules for Hardship Distribution for Qualified Retirement Plans Issued by IRS

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On November 9, 2018, the IRS published proposed rules to change the requirements for hardship distributions from a 401(k) or 403(b) retirement plan.  These rules grew out of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which opened the door for easing the rules governing hardship withdrawals from these plans.  On September 23, 2019 the IRS published final rules governing hardship distributions.

5

Nov

2019

Quick Hits - November 6, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

DOL issues new fact sheets on the updated FLSA regulations:  The DOL Wage and Hour issued a fact sheet on Nondiscretionary Bonuses and Incentive Payments (Including Commissions) and on Exemption for Administrative Employees Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The first clarifies when nondiscretionary bonuses apply to the 10% rule of weekly base wage and the second is an update on how to identify administrative employees when determining exempt/nonexempt employees.

5

Nov

2019

Job Outlook for College Grads Remains Strong

Author: Kevin Marrs

Despite apparent economic headwinds, the future is looking bright for new college graduates.  This is according to a new report released by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University.  The report indicates that job opportunities for new grads will expand by 12% across all degree levels.  

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Oct

2019

Quick Hits - October 30, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Daylight Savings Time ends November 3: For a copy of the ASE Daylight Savings Time Poster, click here.

29

Oct

2019

Should You Use Pay Advance Apps?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Financial wellness is a major issue for today’s employees.  According to Gallup, financial wellness is "effectively managing your economic life." This simple concept encompasses many factors, including:  spending within one's means, being financially prepared for emergencies, having access to the information and tools necessary to make good financial decisions, and having a plan for the future. Overall, it’s all about financial security, which all employees regardless of...

29

Oct

2019

Stand Out with a Strong Relocation Package

Author: Keisha Ward

When it comes to company benefits, are you offering what matters most to potential employees? One benefit that tends to go unnoticed or overlooked is employee relocation. However, a recent study shows that offering relocation benefits could significantly improve recruitment efforts.

29

Oct

2019

GM Workers Ratify Auto Contract – Ford Is Up Next

Author: Michael Burns

As most are probably already aware GM-UAW Workers voted to ratify (57% for/43% against) their new four-year agreement with General Motors last Friday.  It also ended the longest nationwide strike against GM in over 50 years. Ford and FCA now have to finish their negotiations. The UAW has said it will now turn its negotiating focus on Ford Motor Company.

29

Oct

2019

50% of Managers Will Leave Their Company in the Next Year

Author: Heather Nezich

A new report from TalentLMS and Harvard University reveals how companies can take better care of their top performers and prevent them from leaving.  The survey report reveals the reasons why managers stay loyal to their companies and what makes them consider leaving.

29

Oct

2019

Governor Proposes New State Exemption Salary Level Test for Overtime Eligibility

Author: Michael Burns

Governor Whitmer has joined seven other states in proposing a higher salary level test for job exemption status. Currently Michigan’s exempt salary level test for executive, professional, and administrative positions is only $250/week or $13,000/year. A very low salary level to meet that particular exemption test. The federal salary level test for those same positions is now $684/week or $35,568/year.

22

Oct

2019

Quick Hits - October 23, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Are you bullied at work?: 90% of professionals have been bullied at work, according to a new poll from Monster. Monster data showed that 51% of respondents were bullied by their superiors. Nearly 40% said their bullying came from a fellow coworker. 

22

Oct

2019

Holidays – A Fun Time to Work in the Office?

Author: Susan Chance

This is the time of year when people start ramping up for the holidays. Children are picking out their Halloween costumes and plotting on how to get the most candy. Adults are planning what to wear to Halloween parties. Where companies allow it, adults are decorating the workspaces with all things creepy and spooky. Perhaps work events such as pumpkin carving contests or costume contests are being planned. Halloween brings out the kid in all of us, and a contest also brings out the...

22

Oct

2019

Employer Jury Duty Leave Practices Reviewed by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Author: Michael Burns

As required by Michigan law, employers must provide time off to serve jury duty when summoned by the court. Though employers are not required to pay an employee for time off to serve jury duty, most ASE members report (93.6%) that they pay either full pay (50.7%) or the difference between full pay and jury duty pay (42.9%).  Further, though many employers will provide pay for a limited amount of time, over 63% indicated in ASE’s last Michigan Policies and Benefits Survey that they...

22

Oct

2019

Skill Gaps and Exaggeration Make Positions Hard to Fill

Author: Heather Nezich

Recruiters are confident, and candidates are high quality. And, yet, around the world, recruiters are struggling to fill positions, according to Monster's 2019 State of the Recruiter survey.

22

Oct

2019

Are Dress Codes Necessary?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Likely yes, but the question is to what extent should it control the clothes worn to work.  A new study by Randstad said 33% of employees responding would not only leave their job if they were required to follow a conservative dress code, but they would also forgo a $5,000 salary bump to be able to dress casually. 

15

Oct

2019

And You Thought Exempt Wage Level Was Done

Author: Anthony Kaylin

For many, the wait for the exemption wage level is over.  The final regulations published at the end of September raises the “standard salary level” from the currently enforced level of $455 to $684 per week or from $23,600 to $35,568 per year.  Yet for those employers with multi-state locations, that’s only the beginning of the analysis.  A number of states are starting to act on their own to determine exempt level wages, and Michigan may eventually be one of...

15

Oct

2019

Cyber Attacks: Are Your Employees Prepared?

Author: Sara Sosnowski

We have all sat through trainings on the latest and greatest technologies that our organizations are implementing, but when is the last time you attended a training on cyber security?  Technology is constantly evolving and while that means more convenience and productivity it also has opened new doors for cyber criminals to get into your systems and access your information. 

15

Oct

2019

If Only We Could Answer Interview Questions Like Children

Author: Heather Nezich

LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends 2018 report shows how traditional interview questions can often fall flat.  Have you ever been asked some crazy question like “How many golf balls can you fit on a jet?” or “If you were an animal, what animal would you be?”  What exactly does an interviewer hope to achieve from asking questions like this?

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