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9

Jul

2019

Digital Addiction in the Workplace

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Technology over the past decade has found its way into practically every part of our daily lives.  It has transformed how we communicate, the way we interact through social media, the access we have to information, how we shop, and how we conduct business – just to name a few examples.  You look around anywhere these days, and people are staring at their electronic devices, and many feel helpless without them.  As a result of this heavy dependence on technology, it should...

9

Jul

2019

Hygiene in the Workplace: An HR Dilemma

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Bad news for consumer product suppliers, it appears that deodorant use is declining in the United States.  Approximately 40% of people ages 18 to 24 years old haven't used deodorant or antiperspirant in the last month. 48% say they haven't bought those products in the past year. 31% of those 25-34 are also not using deodorant. The data comes from polling company YouGov, which surveyed more than 52,000 people on the issue. When asked why not use deodorant, respondents generally stated...

9

Jul

2019

Background Check 7-Year Reporting Limit

Author: Susan Chance

Section 605(a), of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) addresses limitations on information contained in consumer reports, more commonly referred to as background check reports or background check profiles. This provision is intended to prevent agencies from reporting outdated information.

9

Jul

2019

Quick Hits - July 10, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

To comply or not comply with EEO-1 Component 2 reporting:  It appears that filing the EEO-1 Component 2 may have security issues.  NORC at the University of Chicago has been contracted to conduct the Component 2 EEO-1 Compensation Data Collection. 

9

Jul

2019

The DNA of Human Capital

Author: Heather Nezich

The HR Research Institute and HR.com recently released a new report entitled “The DNA of Human Capital: Trends Report 2019.” The report breaks down 12 critical traits crucial to the human capital of an organization.

9

Jul

2019

DOL Wage and Hour Division Issues Opinion Letters Addressing Overtime and Hours Worked Issues

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published three Opinion Letters on various wage and hour issues. Opinion Letters provide guidance on wage and hour questions but do not bind a court to its position on that question or issue. The three opinion letters address compliance issues surrounding overtime pay in various aspects.

2

Jul

2019

U.S. Workers Want More Training and Talent Development

Author: Heather Nezich

New research published by City & Guilds Group revealed that U.S. employees have a strong appetite for training, but there is a lack of accessible, engaging, and personalized learning and development (L&D) activity at work.

2

Jul

2019

Overtime Pay Calculation – Are you Doing it Correctly?

Author: Michael Burns

At ASE we often get questions from our members about proper overtime pay calculation when different pay plans are at play. To calculate overtime pay for non-exempt hourly employees correctly, one should first determine a few things.

2

Jul

2019

Are the Equal Pay Initiatives What They Seem to Be?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

When the Equal Pay Act (EPA) was passed in 1963, it made it illegal for employers to pay women lower wages than men for equal work on jobs requiring the same skill, effort, and responsibility.  Over the years, these cases were far and few between and difficult to win.  As a result, the previous administration as well as a growing number of blue (Democratic controlled) states have passed more rigorous pay discrimination laws, pushing for pay transparency as a solution for the wage...

2

Jul

2019

Employee Recognition Programs Slip in Key Area, Study Suggests

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to the recently released 2019 Trends in Employee Recognition Survey, conducted by WorldatWork with underwriting support from Maritz Motivation, the number of companies who say they have no employee recognition policy, strategy, or philosophy increased to 19% in 2019 compared to 12% in 2015.

1

Jul

2019

Quick Hits - July 3, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Fishing while on FMLA supports firing: Union Pacific Railroad (UP) was justified in firing an employee who took Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave and then appeared in a co-worker's Facebook live video of a fishing trip on one of the days he was out, a California district court said (Dunger v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, et. al., No. 18-cv-6374 (C.D. Calif. June 3, 2019)). 

25

Jun

2019

A Simple “Thank You” Goes a Long Way

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent survey by Deloitte shows that 85% of professionals prefer a simple "thank you" as recognition for their day-to-day accomplishments.  While we likely all agree that recognizing others for their work is a positive thing, people differ in "how" they want to be recognized, "for what" and "by whom."

25

Jun

2019

Hiring Career Changers: The Latest Workforce Trend

Author: Keisha Ward

In today’s challenging job market, many organizations are trying innovative ways to fill their jobs. Companies are implementing referral programs and trying new software to improve their hiring practices. We’ve all heard that hiring non-traditional candidates is a proven way to hire more quickly and maintain happy employees. But, have you considered career changers? Career changers are among a growing workforce population. These are individuals who have evaluated their skills,...

25

Jun

2019

Employers – Ensure Your Grooming Policies Aren’t Discriminatory

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Most employers have policies that outline requirements regarding dress and appearance.  These can range from business vs. casual dress, if body piercings or visible tattoos are allowed, and some outline grooming standards.  Some employer grooming standards not only require a neat appearance but may also detail whether certain hairstyles or certain hair colors are prohibited or whether male employees must be clean shaven or have short hair.  As employers define their dress code...

25

Jun

2019

How Does an Aging Workforce Affect the Economy?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Not retiring appears to be a bad thing in the eyes of younger workers.  An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research study of 1,423 adults conducted in February of this year found that workers under the age of 50 were significantly more likely to view America's aging workforce as a negative development.  About 4 in 10 respondents ages 18 to 49 and 44% of the youngest respondents ages 18 to 29 said they consider the trend to be a bad thing for American workers. ...

25

Jun

2019

Swing of NLRB Pendulum Continues to Compel Employee Handbook Policy Review

Author: Michael Burns

The Trump National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues its pro-business course. Until 2017, the NLRB regularly attacked employer rules that it deemed restrictive, directly or indirectly, on employees' right to organize. Employers, including non-union, were compelled to review employee handbook policies/rules to correct rules that were viewed as restrictive toward union organizing rights.

25

Jun

2019

Quick Hits - June 26, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

EEOC expects to open pay data collection July 15: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is on track to start collecting employers’ EEO-1 payroll data next month, the agency said in a Washington, D.C., federal court filing. 

18

Jun

2019

Employee Accountability is Key to Success

Author: Heather Nezich

Holding both leaders and employees accountable is one of the biggest challenges in the workplace.  In fact, in a recent CEO Benchmarking Report by The Predictive Index, 18% of CEOs surveyed said “holding people accountable” was their biggest weakness.

18

Jun

2019

Racial Profiling or Protecting America’s Intellectual Property? Government Focus on Chinese Workers

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Xifeng Wu, an award-winning epidemiologist and naturalized American citizen, quietly stepped down as director of the Center for Public Health and Translational Genomics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center after a three-month investigation into her professional ties in China.   When she came to the Anderson Center, she had been encouraged to develop and collaborate with Chinese institutions. 

18

Jun

2019

Quick Hits - June 19, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Turnover will continue at higher rates in 2019:  According to the 2019 Emerging Workforce Study commissioned by Spherion, 29% of employees are planning to leave their jobs in the next 12 months. The risk of turnover increases for Millennials, with 38% of this group reporting they are planning to leave their current jobs in the next 12 months.  

18

Jun

2019

What Does a “Dilute” Drug Test Result Mean?

Author: Susan Chance

Some drug test results return as “dilute.” While a result of “positive dilute” is a positive result, a test that shows “negative dilute” does not necessarily mean the test is negative.

18

Jun

2019

Severance Agreement Term Does Not Circumvent Discrimination and Equal Pay Actions

Author: Michael Burns

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction includes Michigan, ruled against a machine parts manufacturer last August when it overturned a lower court decision that held an employee’s severance agreement barred her lawsuit alleging Title VII discrimination and violation of the Equal Pay Act.

11

Jun

2019

Summer Fridays - All Play No Work?

Author: Heather Nezich

55% percent of organizations in North America will offer their employees “Summer Fridays” this year, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. This is a 9% increase from the number of North American organizations that offered Summer Fridays in 2018.

11

Jun

2019

Student Loan Help is More Important Than 401k Contributions for Younger Workers

Author: Sara Sosnowski

It seems like a never-ending quest for employers to figure out what young workers are looking for and what they value.  With nearly two million students projected to graduate with degrees this year, they are having to evaluate their employment opportunities and the benefits that they offer.

11

Jun

2019

JP Morgan Chase Settles for $5 Million in Largest Paternity Leave Lawsuit

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

In May 2019, JP Morgan Chase reached a tentative settlement of $5 million dollars to resolve a class action lawsuit alleging the bank’s parental leave policy was biased against dads.  It is the largest recorded settlement in a U.S. parental leave discrimination complaint. 

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