American Society of Employers’ Quarterly Economic Employment Survey Shows Business Outlook Among Michigan Employers Improving Slightly

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has released its 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Third Quarter results.

Highlights of ASE’s 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Third Quarter:

• Future business outlook improved slightly from the previous quarter, but is still less positive compared to data collected in late 2016 and early 2017:
o According to this most recent survey, the percentage of employers who anticipate improvements to future business conditions is just below 30%, up from 26% in the second quarter of 2017.
• The six-month employment outlook remains largely unchanged from data collected in the previous quarter. 89% of organizations expect hiring levels to stay the same or increase compared to the past six months. However, just 18% of respondents expect hiring will increase compared to previous six months.
• The number of hires for exempt level staff decreased in September to a rate of less than 1% after climbing for much of 2017.

The survey results were announced by ASE President and CEO, Mary E. Corrado. “It is encouraging to see some positive movement in the future business outlook among Michigan employers. However, our data still shows that Michigan employers are reluctant, or unable, to increase hiring levels. With Michigan’s current unemployment rate now at 4.5%, this lag in hiring may be driven by a lack of supply rather than lack of need,” she stated.

Background information on the ASE 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Third Quarter

• 126 organizations from across Michigan participated.
• Organizations with one to 500 Michigan employees made up more than 85% of the survey sample, while organizations with 501 to 1,000 Michigan employees represented 2.4% of the sample. The remaining 11.8% of the sample comes from organizations with more than 1,000 Michigan employees.
• A variety of industries are represented, with manufacturing organizations representing just over 60% of the survey sample.

To obtain a copy of ASE’s 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Third Quarter, contact ASE’s Compensation and Benefits Surveys department at surveys@aseonline.org or 248.223.8051. This survey is available free of charge to ASE members and is $525 for non-members.


About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
Celebrating 115 years, the American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

American Society of Employers (ASE) Holds Inaugural AA/EEO Diversity Conference – High Level Speakers Present – Harassment a Key Topic

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, held its inaugural the AA/EEO & Diversity Conference.

Just over 100 HR professionals attended the conference on November 15th. Victoria Lipnic, Acting Chair, U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission, opened the conference. Commissioner Lipnic discussed the 2017 EEOC Performance Report, the efficiencies of the agency’s new online intake system, and the dramatic reduction of the backlog of cases. Acting Chair Lipnic also stated that sexual harassment charges are growing fast and they’ve seen a significant uptick in the amount of web page visits to guidelines surrounding harassment. Later in the day, Gail Cober, Director of Detroit’s EEOC Field Office, presented on Retaliation in the Workplace. She stated that retaliation is the most frequently alleged basis of discrimination and has doubled since 1998.

Other key speakers included Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch, Member, Clark Hill, who covered how harassment has been a hot issue in the workplace and how to combat it; Candee Chambers, Executive Director at DirectEmployers, who gave an OFCCP update and discussed how the current leadership vacuum is allowing OFCCP to continue to pursue cases as it had under the Obama administration; Susan DeClercq, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Michelle P. Crockett, Principal and Director of Professional Development, Miller Canfield, discussed topics related to the Department of Justice including USERRA, immigration, ADA, and Title Vll; Annette Tyman, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, covered the quickly changing landscape of pay disparity laws followed by Patrick Nooren, Executive Vice President, Biddle Consulting Group, provided methodology to identify pay disparity; Bill Osterndorf, President of HR Analytics, covered local and state affirmative action requirements; David Goldstein, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, discussed how much has and hasn’t changed since the OFCCP implemented the Internet Applicant Rule in 2006; Tiffany Buckley-Norwood, Principal, Jackson Lewis, spoke on the issues arising from the intersection of the ADA, Workers Compensation, and FMLA; and Haven Cockerham, President, Cockerham and Associates, focused on diversity and inclusion framework that participants can implement at their employers.

The day ended with John Fox, Partner at Fox, Wang & Morgan, P.C., who presented leading edge thinking around OFCCP’s current approach to statistical analysis and provided pointers on how to be proactive in compliance.

“ASE was very pleased with the turnout for this new event. The caliber of speakers sets this conference apart from many others. Attendees were very engaged and left with the most up to date federal and state compliance updates,” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE President and CEO.

For information on future ASE events, please visit www.aseonline.org.


About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

American Society of Employers (ASE) Welcomes 17 New Members

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces 17 organizations joined ASE as members during the third quarter of 2017. The organizations are:

• ATS Printing is a volume apparel decorator specializing in screen printing, embroidery, and digital printing located in Bay City, MI.
• Banner Engineering is a global leader in industrial automation, developing smart sensor solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) headquartered in Plymouth, MN.
• BMI Mobile Imaging provides high quality mobile diagnostics services geared specifically to the needs of homebound and non-ambulatory patients and is headquartered in Southfield, MI.
• Consolidated Agencies is an independent insurance agency located in Birmingham, MI, representing various insurance companies.
• Die Services International, formerly Republic Die & Tool Company, is a stamping and assembly facility located in Belleville, MI.
• DSA Systems, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of hardware and software systems for electrical and electronic testing of vehicle components located in Troy, MI.
• Kistler Instrument Corporation is the global leader in dynamic measurement technology for measuring pressure, force, torque and acceleration located in Novi, MI.
• Irvin Automotive Products is an automotive interior trim and seating material manufacturer based in Pontiac, MI.
• Samsung SDI America, Inc. is a global leader and creator of energy and materials solutions located in Auburn Hills, MI.
• Smith Brothers Tool Company is a manufacturer of a variety of tool fabrication solutions for the Aerospace, Defense, Automotive and Power & Energy Industries located in Shelby Township, MI.
• Spider Development is a web development company located in Waterford, MI.
• StarrVista, Inc. is a care management organization that offers a system of services designed to invest resources of time, energy and people in the lives of youth and their families. They are located in Detroit, MI.
• Synergy Computer Solutions, Inc. is a comprehensive IT professional services provider performing highly effective custom software development, application maintenance, and complete IT strategic staffing located in Bingham Farms, MI.
• The Allen Law Group, PC is a Detroit-based law firm serving the increasingly diverse needs of the private and public sector.
• The Tetra Corporation is a leading in-office dispensed pharmaceutical provider in the podiatric and dermatological physician office space located in Eaton Rapids, MI.
• Total Door Systems is a global leader in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of integrated door systems and related technology located in Waterford, MI.
• WABCO North America, LLC is a global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles located in Rochester Hills, MI.

ASE president & CEO, Mary E. Corrado, made the announcement and stated, “ASE welcomes our 17 newest members, and we look forward to providing them services that grow their bottom line and enhance their talent for years to come.”


About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

American Society of Employers’ (ASE’s) Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey results for second quarter 2017 shows declining optimism among Michigan employers

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has released its 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Second Quarter results.

Highlights of ASE’s 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Second Quarter:

• Michigan employers have grown less optimistic about the future business outlook compared to data collected earlier this year:
o According to this most recent survey, the percentage of employers who anticipate improvements to future business conditions is at its second lowest point since 2009 at 26%.
o The percentage of employers who report that their future business outlook has worsened compared to the previous six months is at its highest point since 2009 at 17%.
• Despite the less optimistic business outlook, the six month employment outlook remains largely unchanged from data collected in the previous quarter. 86% of organizations expect hiring levels to stay the same or increase compared to the past six months. Nearly a quarter of employers anticipated increased hiring compared to the previous six months.
• Personal reasons and advancement and promotion opportunities continue to be the two highest cited reasons for voluntary separations at 48% and 44% respectively.
• Exempt turnover was at an all-time high in May at 2.83%. This typically peaks in the 2nd or 3rd quarter.

The survey results were announced by ASE President and CEO, Mary E. Corrado. “The data shows that employers may be experiencing some economic headwinds curbing the expectation of future growth. This is the result of rapidly changing and uncertain political and policy changes. However, the employment indicators suggest that most Michigan businesses are maintaining, or increasing, hiring levels in order to meet demands,” she stated.

Background information on the ASE 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Second Quarter

• 121 organizations from across Michigan participated.
• Organizations with one to 500 Michigan employees made up more than 85% of the survey sample, while organizations with 501 to 1,000 Michigan employees represented 3.3% of the sample. The remaining 11.6% of the sample comes from organizations with more than 1,000 Michigan employees.
• A variety of industries are represented, with manufacturing organizations representing just over 62% of the survey sample.

To obtain a copy of ASE’s 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Second Quarter, contact ASE’s Compensation and Benefits Surveys department at surveys@aseonline.org or 248.223.8051. This survey is available free of charge to ASE members and is $525 for non-members.


About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

 

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Communications Manager, ASE, 248.223.8040, hnezich@aseonline.org

American Society of Employers (ASE) Announces New CFO

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces that Tracy Neil, CPA, MBA, MST, had joined ASE as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), replacing Gary Lovio who retired after 12 years of service. The announcement was made by ASE CEO Mary E. Corrado.

“Tracy has a wealth of experience, and we are very happy to have him on board,” Corrado said. “He has jumped right in and is already making an impact with his financial expertise. I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.”

Prior to joining ASE, Neil served as the VP of Finance for GDI Integrated Facility Services. Before that, from 2014-2016 he was the Chief Financial Officer for Burroughs, an ASE member, where he employed best practices in cash and liquidity management. Neil started his successful career at McKesson Pharmacy Systems. He was recognized for providing proactive insights, interpretations of financial results, and partnered with all constituents to drive operational and financial results.

“I am pleased to be part of a non-profit organization with a long tradition of being a trustworthy human resource advocate that drives innovative approaches addressing human resource issues,” Neil said.

In addition, Neil is an active board member and past chapter president of Financial Executives International (FEI) and a board member for Samaritan Counseling Services.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

American Society of Employers (ASE) welcomes 15 new members

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces 15 organizations joined ASE as members during the third quarter of 2016. The organizations are:

• Arcadia Benefits Group, Inc., a third party administrator (TPA) located in Kalamazoo and providing administration solutions for employer-sponsored benefit programs.
• Holy Cross Services, a faith-based organization whose mission is to bring hope, promote change, and help children and adults live free, healthy and productive lives; based in Clinton, Mich., with agencies throughout SE Michigan.
• Hanon Systems USA, LLC, a producer of compressors, heating, ventilation and air conditioning components, fluid transport components, powertrain cooling components and electric vehicle and hybrid battery cooling components, based in Van Buren Township.
• GEDIA Michigan LP, a specialist in lightweight vehicle body engineering and chassis components and headquartered in Orion Township.
• The JRT Agency, a creative marketing communications company based in Farmington Hills.
• FEV, Inc. designs and develops advanced gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrains and vehicle systems; its U.S. headquarters is in Auburn Hills.
• Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, provides high quality youth development programs for children ages 6-18 in ten communities throughout the region.
• Plast-O-Foam, LLC, a leading supplier of custom thermoplastic injection molding for automotive manufacturers and their suppliers and based in Clinton Township.
• Mike Morse Law Firm, Michigan’s largest personal injury law firm; based in Southfield
• Adient LTS, the world’s largest automotive seating supplier and based in Detroit.
• Osco Inc., a provider of quality runnerless molding systems, based in Rochester Hills.
• HoMedics, Inc., a provider of health and wellness brands, including home massage products, based in Commerce Township.
• Detroit Athletic Club, long recognized as one of the finest private clubs in the country and located in Detroit.
• AGM Automotive, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of the automotive industry’s most advanced interior technologies and based in Troy.
• Armor Express, providing a full line of body armor and accessories and based in Central Lake.

“ASE’s trend of membership growth in a variety of sectors across the state continued in the third quarter,” Mary E. Corrado, CEO of ASE said. “We welcome these new members and look forward to assisting them in growing their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people through ASE’s wide array of HR services.”

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people.

Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

The Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit, Set to Deliver American Society of Employers’ (ASE’s) Annual Summit keynote; event will honor the ASE 2016 HR Executives of the Year

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, will host its Annual Summit on Thursday, November 3rd at the Detroit Athletic Club from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit, will deliver the keynote address. Duggan was elected as Detroit’s Mayor on November 5, 2013 and took office on January 1, 2014. As Mayor, he governs the city where he spent the previous 32 years of his career collaborating with others to solve some of the city’s most vexing issues.

Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of ASE’s Michigan Human Resource Executive of the Year awards, which recognize commendable work by executives in the field of Human Resources Management and distinguishes those who represent the best in their profession.

ASE will honor the following as the 2016 HR Executives of the Year:

• Adam Jeffries, Vice President of Human Resources, North America, Faurecia North America – Organizations with over 1,000 Michigan employees

• Brenda Gallick, Director of Team Member Success, Billhighway – Organizations with fewer than 1,000 Michigan employees

• Cynthia M. Glass, Ed.D., Vice President of Administrative Service and Human Resources, Henry Ford College – Health and Human Services organizations with 500 or more Michigan employees

• Danielle Crane, Chief Talent Officer, GreenPath Financial Wellness – Health and Human Services organizations with fewer than 500 Michigan employees

“ASE looks forward to celebrating this year’s honorees and is very excited to kick the evening off with Mayor Duggan,” Mary E. Corrado, ASE president and CEO said.

ASE’s 2016 Annual Summit is open to both ASE members and non-members. Tickets are $99 per person, $539 for groups of six, and $639 for groups of eight. The evening includes networking, cocktails, small plates, and dessert. To purchase tickets or for registration information, please call 248-223-8006 or visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

American Society of Employers’ (ASE) new 2016/2017 salary budget survey findings: despite low unemployment, it’s more of the same for employee pay increases in 2017

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, released its 2016/2017 Salary Budget Survey with a number that’s beginning to sound like a broken record: 3%. Despite economic growth and continued low unemployment, that’s the amount Michigan employers are budgeting for employee pay raises in 2017.

4 Key findings in the 2016/2017 Salary Budget Survey:
• Most employees will see just a 3 percent increase in pay in 2017, a number that has remained constant for the past several years.
• The majority of merit dollars granted are going to the employer’s top performers. This year’s survey findings, however, reveal more employers (up 14% from two years ago) are distributing merit dollars across all employee groups, with the largest amount of dollars going to top performers, while low performers receive a smaller amount. In past years, top performers received most merit dollars and average performers received some merit dollars.
• Wage freezes remain low; consistent with 2016, only 4% of employers surveyed anticipate a wage or salary freeze in 2017.
• Employers continue to rely on variable pay programs to reward performance, with 83% of employers offering variable pay to at least one employee group. The average expected annual bonus payout as a percentage of salary in 2017 remains steady at approximately 5% for both Nonexempt Hourly Nonunion employees and Nonexempt Salaried employees, 9% for Exempt Salaried employees, and 24% for Officers/Executives.

The survey findings were announced by ASE President and CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

“The ASE 2016/2017 salary budget data reflecting an average 3% for merit raises is consistent with several national surveys as well, so this is not a Michigan phenomenon,” Corrado said. “It appears the shift toward modest raises and variable pay and reward options is no longer a trend, but a compensation practice that’s here to stay – at least until the next upheaval in the economy or labor markets.”

Background information on the 2016/2017 Salary Budget Survey:
• 231 organizations from across Michigan participated.
• Organizations with 1 to 500 Michigan employees made up 83% of the survey sample, while organizations with 501 to 5,000 Michigan employers represented 14% of the sample. The remaining 2.5% of the sample comes from organizations with more than 5,000 Michigan employees.
• A variety of industries are represented, with manufacturing organizations representing 60% of the survey sample. The remaining 40% is represented by trades and services organizations.
To obtain a copy of ASE’s 2016/2017 Salary Budget Survey, contact ASE’s Compensation and Benefits Surveys department at surveys@aseonline.org or 248.353.4500. This survey is available free of charge to ASE members, and for $525 to non-members.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

American Society of Employers (ASE) announces partnership with MasteryTCN™ to provide additional e-learning resources to members

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, is pleased to announce it is enhancing its e-learning resources for member organizations through a partnership with Novi-based MasteryTCN™. With MasteryTCN’s EverySeat™ program, ASE’s membership offerings now include MasteryTCN’s extensive video-based e-learning library. The announcement was made by ASE CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

“Our members look to ASE for a variety of tools and support to manage the comprehensive HR function at the highest level,” Corrado said. “With new e-learning resources through MasteryTCN’s EverySeat program, we offer additional tools for the HR toolbox from a respected training industry leader.”

MasteryTCN’s course library, which plays on all browsers and devices, including desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets, offers a wide selection of topics ranging from health and safety, HR compliance, communication skills, computer skills and leadership, to customer service, team building and management and supervision. MasteryTCN’s e-learning course videos are produced by leading subject matter experts who create robust training material geared toward meeting the training requirements organizations need most. The standardized courseware platform provides continuity in user experience from one course to the next and includes learning assessments to coach learners to master the material at hand.

About Mastery TCN™
Mastery TCN is the e-learning industry’s first Training Content Network. Mastery partners with leading video content providers to co-produce the largest, standardized, workplace e-learning resource library available. MasteryTCN then partners with HR Cloud Service providers to help employers obtain high-quality training resources through the vendors they already prefer. In this way Mastery fulfills its mission of helping build more successful, effective and amazing organizations.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

American Society of Employers (ASE) presents annual Employment Law Workshop on Sept. 21

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, will help attendees enhance their understanding of employment laws and regulations at its annual, full-day Employment Law Workshop, to be held Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.

“One of the reasons Human Resources is such a dynamic profession is because laws regarding employment are always evolving, and in the past year, we have seen more HR regulatory activity than in the past six years,” Mary E. Corrado, ASE CEO, said. “ASE’s Employment Law Workshop agenda is based on timely issues impacting the workplace and practical ways for employers to respond to the evolving regulatory landscape. It also provides attendees with opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing with employment attorneys and HR colleagues.”

The Employment Law Workshop will feature a legislative update on Federal and State laws, attorney-led panels and specialized breakout sessions reviewing the laws and regulations that impact the day-to-day employer/employee relationship. Highlights of the workshop include:

• Weapons in the workplace
• New National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) interpretations on unionization
• “Ask the Lawyer” open forum lunch session
• What to expect with the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules
• The evolving joint employer relationship
• Avoiding lawsuits from the termination process
• Medical Marijuana in the workplace

For a complete Employment Law Workshop conference agenda and registration information, please visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.