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16

Apr

2019

What if Measles Strikes the Workplace?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As of April 8, 2019, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 39 total measles cases statewide since March 13, 2019.  Oakland County has 38 cases, and one was a Wayne County resident.

16

Apr

2019

Trial-by-Jury at Work? Amazon’s New Performance Improvement Process

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Amazon’s culture has certainly made headlines over the years at a minimum as being demanding and at the extreme described as being downright brutal.   In 2015 the New York Times wrote an article about employee life at Amazon and one former human resource director described a facet of the culture as “purposeful Darwinism.”  This is where employees either quit due to the inability to keep up with the demands of the job or there are routine “cullings”...

16

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.

16

Apr

2019

Positive Drug Test Results on the Increase

Author: Susan Chance

Quest Diagnostics recently released results from their most recent data analysis of over 10 million employment drug test results. Back in 2010-2012 their analysis showed a 30 year low in positive drug tests. Unfortunately, in 2017 and 2018 the positive rates were at the highest level in the past 14 years. I’m sure this comes as no surprise as marijuana becomes legal in more states, and we continue to deal with the opioid crisis.

16

Apr

2019

Federal Employment Legislation Introduced So Far This Year

Author: Michael Burns

With so much state law change being introduced and passed around the country and in Michigan, and until fall of last year Congress and the Executive branches being controlled by business-friendly Republicans, there was not much federal employment legislation to be concerned about. The Executive branch has been busy trying to adjust employment and labor regulations, but these adjustments have been to roll back the more onerous regulations implemented during the Obama administration.

16

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.   

9

Apr

2019

Study Shows Young People Have Major Misconceptions About Trade School

Author: Heather Nezich

A survey conducted by BigRentz, a construction equipment rental company, found that a majority of young Americans ages 18 to 24 do not believe they can get a high-paying job from attending trade school.

9

Apr

2019

Traditional Benefits Are Not Enough - Employees Want More

Author: Sara Sosnowski

According to MetLife’s 17th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study 2019, 80% of employers agree that benefits play an important role in workplace culture, and 78% say that benefits even help employees to be more productive.  Benefits are also an important factor when it comes to attracting new talent with 6 in 10 employees citing benefits as an important reason why they joined their company.  But if benefits are so important, why are only 67% of employees satisfied with...

9

Apr

2019

Does a Pay Disparity Finding Mean That Pay Discrimination Occurred?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The hottest issue in the EEO area is pay discrimination.  In the news it is often written that women earn approximately 20 cents or more less than a male counterpart.  When it is broken down by race, the disparity grows even larger.  However, does disparity mean discrimination?

9

Apr

2019

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes 4-Factor Joint Employment Test

Author: Michael Burns

Employers that have franchise operations, engage independent contractors, or both have had the rules and protections that come with these business relationships turned on their heads in recent years. A newly proposed 4-factor test may simplify things.

9

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).  

2

Apr

2019

Job Outlook for New College Grads is Good

Author: Heather Nezich

ASE recently released the results to the 2019 Starting Salaries for Co-op Students and Recent College Graduates Survey. The annual survey provides a comprehensive look at the current state of wages and benefits provided to co-op students and recent college graduates.  The survey also presents employers a snapshot of the recruitment trends associated with these new entrants to the workforce. The outlook for 2019 graduates is good.

2

Apr

2019

Using Snapchat as Part of Your Recruiting Strategy

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

When many HR Professionals think of social media tools and platforms that can be used for recruiting, the app Snapchat is probably one that doesn’t come to mind.  For those that are not familiar with Snapchat, it is a mobile messaging application used to share photos, videos of up to 10 seconds, and drawings that are called “snaps”.     

2

Apr

2019

From Colleagues to Best Friends – Workplace BFFs

Author: Keisha Ward

When it comes to evaluating employee engagement it has been shown that employers need to ask their staff one simple question, do you have a best friend at work? It may seem a bit silly or trivial at best; but it is true. This question happens to be one of the most important ways to assess whether your team members are happy, at work.

2

Apr

2019

NLRB Continues to Look at Employer Policy and Rules

Author: Michael Burns

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to review union and non-union employer policies and rules.  In an Advice Memo published last week by the NLRB, the Board’s advice division looked at two employer rules through the lens of its 2017 Boeing decision. This decision trimmed back considerably the previous NLRB’s position that if an employer’s rule could in any way infringe upon an employee’s right to engage in protected concerted activity it would...

2

Apr

2019

Will the Supreme Court Raise the Requirements of a Religious Accommodation to ADA levels?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Religious accommodations generally do not rise to the level of a disability accommodation when reviewed by courts.  But a recent case against Walgreens indicates that standard may change. 

2

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.  

26

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.

26

Mar

2019

OFCCP Issues New Audit Lists

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On Monday March 25, 2019, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released the audit list for fiscal year 2019.  It should be noted that if a contractor was on the previous list released in September 2018 and was not audited yet, the release of the new list does not negate any audits not initiated in the previous list.  In other words, the contractor in the September may still be audited.

26

Mar

2019

Spring Clean Your Background Screening Process

Author: Susan Chance

It’s hard to tell by the weather we had last week, but it is spring. Spring is that time of year when we start to see that change from everything being gray and dirty, to becoming green and colorful with the flowers that start to grow. It is also time for spring cleaning. Most people think of giving their home a thorough cleaning, putting the winter accoutrements away, and generally getting things in order for the new season. But when is the last time you gave your background process a...

26

Mar

2019

Engaging Millennials

Author: Heather Nezich

It’s predicted that, by 2020, millennials will make up 35% of the global workforce. But according to the “Technology’s Role in Managing & Retaining Employees” research study released by Speakap, millennials are a double-edged sword for managers and HR professionals – while they are the most common generation in the workplace, they are also the hardest generation of employees to engage.

26

Mar

2019

USDOL Publishes FMLA Opinion Letter Clarification

Author: Michael Burns

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Opinion Letter clarifying how employers must go about allowing an employee to use other time off (paid or unpaid) in conjunction with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements.

19

Mar

2019

Failure to Stop Workplace Rumor About Employee “Sleeping Way to Top” Can Create Sex Discrimination Liability

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Gossip is a natural part of human behavior and an inevitable temptation in every workplace.  Evolutionary scientists believe that gossip among early humans was a way to communicate social norms and keep bad behavior in check.  A 2012 study conducted at the University of Amsterdam and later published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology found that 90% of office chit-chat is made up of gossip.  But employers should be aware that they have responsibility to investigate and...

19

Mar

2019

Workplace Stress – A Major Concern for Employers

Author: Heather Nezich

American workers are working longer and harder than every before…and their stress levels show it. Virtually every employee is affected by job stress at some point.

19

Mar

2019

Limitation of Actions Clause Can Fail if Not Done Correctly

Author: Michael Burns

Several weeks ago we wrote about how a limitation of actions agreement/clause can effectively restrict state wrongful employment actions to a much shorter period of time – normally 180 days. It is recommended a limitation of actions clause not be included in the employee handbook. They can be placed on an employment application form in its boilerplate text section normally just above the signature and date lines, or it can be a separate agreement signed at the point a job offer is made.
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