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24

Mar

2020

ASE Releases COVID-19 Employer Response Survey Results

Author: Kevin Marrs

On March 18th, ASE released a survey that tracked employer’s growing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, launched when there were just 26 confirmed cases in Michigan, provides a comprehensive look at efforts and measures employers have taken or are considering in response to both human resource and business continuity concerns.

24

Mar

2020

Be Careful of Entry Level Programs: They Are Ripe for Age Discrimination

Author: Anthony Kaylin

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has agreed to pay $11.625 million to settle a lawsuit claiming the global accounting firm discriminated against older applicants for entry level positions.  In 2019, a class action was filed against the company which accused PwC of systematically discriminating against older applicants for associate, experienced associate, or senior associate positions in the firm’s tax or assurance practices. The proposed settlement includes about 5,000 applicants who...

24

Mar

2020

Keeping Employee Morale Up During the Pandemic Crisis

Author: Heather Nezich

With Governor Whitmer’s new executive order, any non-essential employees are now working remotely where possible.  Employees are experiencing great stress during this time.  As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on our nation, it’s important for employers to find ways to boost morale.

24

Mar

2020

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Slaps Back Employee ADA Complaint

Author: Michael Burns

In news other than the Coronavirus, an employer successfully defended a lawsuit alleging it did not properly accommodate a disability. Early this month the Sixth Circuit handed down a ruling upholding a lower court’s summary judgement in favor of the employer. The decision held that in this case the employee’s actions leading up to his lawsuit amounted to him erroneously trying to use the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) as a weapon to pressure his employer into granting an...

24

Mar

2020

A Letter to our Members from Mary E. Corrado Regarding Executive Order 2020-21

Author: Mary E. Corrado

Monday, March 23rd, Governor Whitmer announced an expansion of Executive Order 2020-21 that in order to suppress the spread of COVID-19, to prevent the state’s health care system from being overwhelmed, to allow time for the production of critical test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment, and to avoid needless deaths, it is reasonable and necessary to direct residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible.

24

Mar

2020

Quick Hits - March 25, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

DHS is relaxing I-9 Section 2 document physical inspection requirements:  ASE was receiving a lot of questions concerning remote work and onboarding of employees.  We followed up with the Department of Homeland Security and it has modified its policy during this pandemic time.  Specifically, DHS states:

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Mar

2020

17

Mar

2020

Quick Hits - March 18, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

IRS issues Notice 2020-15 concerning HDHPs and COVID-19:  On March 11, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-15 concerning high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and the Coronavirus known as COVID-19. 

17

Mar

2020

Companies Are Scurrying to Implement Virtual Work Policies

Author: Heather Nezich

Employers are taking quick action to keep their employees safe from COVID-19 (Coronoavirus). According to the March study of 1,097 adults, a third of respondents say their organizations have a plan in place they are confident about and 43% have a basic plan—even if it is "hastily assembled". Most plans center on remote work and travel restrictions. Specifically:

17

Mar

2020

President Trump Signs The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Expanding FMLA

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On Wednesday, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), which was passed by the Senate earlier that day.  Mr. Mnuchin, the U.S. Secretary of Treasury, stated that the law is only the second in what is likely to be multiple legislative efforts to protect the economy—including workers and businesses—from the fallout of the spreading Coronavirus.    

17

Mar

2020

A Letter to Our Members Regarding Coronavirus

Author: Mary E. Corrado

The Coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything any of us have experienced.  ASE is closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state health agencies regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our focus is to meet our members’ needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities healthy and safe.

17

Mar

2020

U.S. Labor Department Gives State’s Ability to Extend Unemployment Benefits to Cover Loss of Jobs Due to Coronavirus

Author: Michael Burns

There are a lot of moving parts that HR has to stay on top of to effectively respond to the impact and fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. ASE is keeping up on the employer end of this topic with a dedicated Coronavirus webpage. A survey on employer practices is being conducted to help with planning and decisions. Some preliminary data pertaining to employers’ actions around layoffs and unemployment is provided below.  ASE is also adding new classes and webinars designed to keep...

10

Mar

2020

Quick Hits - March 11, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Tougher interviews make for more loyal employees:  Making job interviews more challenging could be a cost-effective way for employers to entice new hires, according to new research from the job-review website Glassdoor.  Young workers were more receptive than older workers to tough job interviews, with accepted offers among candidates ages 25 to 34 rising 3.1 percentage points after more difficult screenings. 

10

Mar

2020

Injury While Travelling Home to Work Can be a Valid Workers’ Compensation Claim

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the Michigan Appeals Court issued a published opinion ruling that an employee injured while travelling from home to work did have a valid workers' compensation claim. Normally injuries incurred going to or coming from work are not compensable under Michigan Workers’ Compensation law. However, in the case of Smith v. Chrysler Group, LLC (No.339705) 2/25/2020, the Court, in overruling the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission’s previous holding, found the...

10

Mar

2020

On a Lighter Note for HR – March Madness!

Author: Heather Nezich

Recent statistics reveal that March Madness has become more popular than ever before, due in large part to the worldwide betting that takes place. Over 60 million people are expected to fill out brackets this year, with an estimated $10 million being put on the table. This can also result in a downturn in employee productivity.

10

Mar

2020

FAQ’s for Potential HR Issues Arising from the Coronavirus

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As of March 11, it is reported that the global death toll from the virus is now around 4,300. COVID-19 has infected over 119,500 people across the world and spread to more than 80 countries and territories so far.  There have been 30 reported deaths in the United States with over 1,000 reported cases.  Two cases are now being reported in Michigan (Wayne County – domestic travel identified and currently in isolation; Oakland County – international travel identified and...

10

Mar

2020

A Breathalyzer for Marijuana Use is Coming Soon

Author: Susan Chance

Traditional drugs tests can show if a person has ingested marijuana, but not when. This makes it difficult for employers and law enforcement to know if the person was using while at work, while driving, etc. New technology, in the form of a breathalyzer, is coming.

3

Mar

2020

How to Create a Strengths-Based Culture

Author: Heather Nezich

A strengths-based culture helps organizations attract top talent, bring out the best performance in every employee, and strengthens the organization’s ability to grow.  It can strongly differentiate one company from another.

3

Mar

2020

What is Biophilic Design and How Can it Improve Workplace Productivity?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Biophilia is defined as the inherent human desire to affiliate with nature.  Biophilic design, an extension of biophilia, is the practice of using architecture and building design to connect people and nature.  This is accomplished through incorporation of natural building materials, natural light, vegetation, and nature views into an urban environment.  So how can using biophilic design in a work environment improve employee productivity?

3

Mar

2020

Quick Hits - March 4, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Latest update on EEO-1:  The 2019 EEO-1 survey is not yet open. The EEOC is currently in the process of seeking approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) to collect the EEO-1 survey for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

3

Mar

2020

NLRB Follows Up with Comparable Rules to U.S. Department of Labor Joint Employer Rules

Author: Michael Burns

Last week (2/26/2020) the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published its rules on joint employer status following closely with the U.S. Department of Labor rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) published in January of this year.

3

Mar

2020

Facial Recognition Application in the Workplace

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Facial recognition software is becoming less niche and more prevalent in everyday life. Facial recognition is a biometric technology that uses distinguishable facial features to identify a person.  The issue is whether our rights to privacy are outweighed by images found on the internet. 

3

Mar

2020

Employers Expanding Paid Leave

Author: Sara Sosnowski

According to new survey from Business Group on Health, a majority of large employers here in the U.S. are working to expand their paid leave benefits.  The 2020 Employers’ Leave Strategy and Transformation Survey found that most employers are adding or considering new types of paid leaves or increasing the number of days available for leave.   In 2019 39% of the responding employers expanded their paid leave benefits with 38% planning to do so in 2020 and 35% looking even...

25

Feb

2020

Is Home the New Office?

Author: Heather Nezich

Staying at home may be the best way to get the most done at work, according to a new Korn Ferry survey of professionals regarding working virtually.

25

Feb

2020

Quick Hits - February 26, 2020

Author: ASE Staff

Daylight Savings ends March 8th: This year has gone fast and now we are changing time again.  Set your clocks forward one hour Sunday morning, March 8th Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by George Vernon Hudson in 1895, 
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