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The Post Pandemic Workplace: Remote Employees and Requirements

15 June 2021

The Post Pandemic Workplace: Remote Employees and Requirements

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As we begin to pass by the pandemic and bring back workers to the physical workplace, a host of issues has to be reviewed by HR with the new workplace.  In some cases, employers are having a hybrid approach to working.  In other cases, employers are allowing for 100% remote work.  Finally, other employers are requiring 100% return to the office.  And in today’s world, if the job can be remote, recruitment could be expanded outside the normal recruiting area, possibly...
HR’s Priority the Next Four Years:  Compliance

8 June 2021

HR’s Priority the Next Four Years: Compliance

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The Biden administration has released their proposed budget, and there is a big boost of spending for the Department of Labor’s worker protection agencies.  Although the labor market will be tight, and HR focus on talent may overtake any other initiatives, compliance cannot be an afterthought for HR.  Further, recent appointments to the worker protection agencies, including National Labor Relations Board, reinforce the need for HR to ensure proper attention and resources are...
With Benefit Season Looming, What Benefits do Employees Want Today?

1 June 2021

With Benefit Season Looming, What Benefits do Employees Want Today?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The post-pandemic world will be a tough one to navigate for HR.  With job openings high, experienced talent spotty, and extreme competition for talent, HR must rethink how to create a sustainable employment brand.  It doesn’t help that post-pandemic job mobility is expected to accelerate.  According to a report by Achievers Workforce Institute, an engagement and performance platform, over half of surveyed employees are planning on getting a new job this year, up from 35%...
When is Ontario Reopening?

25 May 2021

When is Ontario Reopening?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

For many who want to travel to their operations in Ontario, unless it is essential business, all business must be conducted remotely.  Ontario’s Stay at Home Order has been continued until June 2, and it may be extended further.   Further, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the ban on nonessential travel with the United States will not be lifted until COVID-19 is significantly more under control around the world.  On May 21, the Government of Canada extended...
What is in the Illinois Equal Pay Act 2021 Amendments? (Hint: It’s Scary)

18 May 2021

What is in the Illinois Equal Pay Act 2021 Amendments? (Hint: It’s Scary)

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The trend of reporting pay started with California and has moved to Illinois, which instituted its own phased in reporting requirements. The new amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act (IEPA) were signed into law (Senate Bill 1480 (SB 1480)) on March 23, 2021.  The certification requirement starts three years from the date of signing into law (March 23, 2024).  The previous amendment to the IEPA was in 2019, which prohibits employers from asking salary history of applicants.
Employees Mourn Return to Office and Employers Celebrate

11 May 2021

Employees Mourn Return to Office and Employers Celebrate

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On Monday, May 10th, Governor Whitmer announced that Michigan achieved the 55% threshold of the population having received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  This milestone was identified as required in the “The Vacc to Normal Plan” to allow all in-person work to resume.  In-person work begins two weeks after the date the milestone was reached, which is May 24th.  This reopening has many employers smiling and many employees mourning as the flexibility...
Canada’s New Pay Equity Law

4 May 2021

Canada’s New Pay Equity Law

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In December 2018, the Canadian Parliament passed the Pay Equity Act.   The law establishes proactive pay obligations on employers in the public and private sectors.  Although the law’s effective date is still to be determined, it will be in 2021.  The law will likely impact 18,000 organizations and nearly 1 million employees, according to the Canadian government.
Recruiter and Hiring Manager Biases Leave Qualified Applicants on the Sideline

27 April 2021

Recruiter and Hiring Manager Biases Leave Qualified Applicants on the Sideline

Author: Anthony Kaylin

How many times have recruiters reviewed resumes with titles that have little to no meaning and based decisions on those titles?  Mechanical Engineer, HR Business Partner, and others convey meaning but not depth.  And if employers use a job family approach, titles like Staff Engineer, Analyst, Project Manager, and Programmer provide some information at first glance, but again no context as to the work performed. 

Do You Interview Men and Women Differently?

20 April 2021

Do You Interview Men and Women Differently?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A recent study, conducted by Savanta and Resume.io, of 2,000 adults in the U.S. about the worst interview questions they’ve ever been asked found that that men and women may have significantly different experiences when interviewing. The study explored everything from tough questions that candidates dread to downright illegal ones — and uncovered notable differences in the nature of the questions that men and women often field.
COBRA Changes Under the American Rescue Plan

13 April 2021

COBRA Changes Under the American Rescue Plan

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Congress has made another avenue of health coverage more accessible by fully subsidizing the cost of COBRA coverage (or the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) from April 1 - September 30, 2021 for individuals who lost their health coverage due to an involuntary termination or a reduction in hours under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

Michigan Unemployment Expansions Expired as of March 31, 2021

6 April 2021

Michigan Unemployment Expansions Expired as of March 31, 2021

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Unemployment requirements are now reverted back to the way it was before the pandemic hit Michigan.  Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing applicable to state unemployment claims established by Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 20-76, and temporarily codified in statute, expired on March 31, 2021. The last week that the flexibilities apply was the week ending March 27, 2021.

Why HR Needs to be Judicial in Its Use of Artificial Intelligence

30 March 2021

Why HR Needs to be Judicial in Its Use of Artificial Intelligence

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The Biden administration is taking a hard look at the discriminatory aspects of artificial intelligence or AI.   In the past few years, AI bias has been in the news.  For example, Amazon dropped an AI recruitment program because it found that it was biased towards white males.  Other cases reported bias against African Americans in healthcare algorithms.  Facial recognition software has an underwhelming library of faces and has been identified as a leading cause of...
Pay Equity a Focus of the Biden Administration

23 March 2021

Pay Equity a Focus of the Biden Administration

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Today, March 24, 2021 is Equal Pay Day.  Equal Pay Day denotes how far into the new year women must work to be paid what men were paid the previous year. Started by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996, the goal was to raise awareness about the gender wage gap.  Although there are various analyses of what the gap is, all agree there is a gap.

What Employers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan

16 March 2021

What Employers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Last week Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 and it was signed into law on Friday.  The ARP also extends some of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) provisions that were signed into law on December 27, 2020.  Below are provisions that will impact employers. 

Will Companies be Responsible for Their Subcontractor’s Compliance Inadequacies?

9 March 2021

Will Companies be Responsible for Their Subcontractor’s Compliance Inadequacies?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

What is the role of the HR professional?  Slowly it is turning more into a compliance role – not just for the employer, but of the employer’s contractors and subcontractors.  Many in HR will say, “Really?” But it is happening.  For example, under the Bush administration in the 2000s, I-9 compliance was pushed, and HR professionals were forced to become I-9 specialists. There was pushback, but essentially the government got their way.
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