ASE Releases 2020 Compensation Survey Results

Contact: Kevin Marrs, Vice President at ASE, 248-223-8025 or kmarrs@aseonline.org

Livonia, Mich. —June 29, 2020 — ASE, one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers, released the organization’s 2020 Compensation Survey results at its annual Compensation and Benefits Conference last week. It’s the 68th year that ASE has published the annual survey.  The findings were released by Mary E. Corrado, president and CEO of ASE.

“Our data, collected directly from local employers, is critical in helping employers make informed decisions about wages,” stated Corrado.  “This information, like many of our benchmarking studies, will be vital as we look to navigate uncertain and volatile economic conditions due to the current pandemic.”

2020 Survey Demographics

A total of 319 companies, 57% of them located in the metro Detroit region, responded to the survey, which was distributed to human resource professionals in January 2020. Just over 40% of the respondents are classified as automotive suppliers, and 481 jobs were reported on.  82% of the organizations that responded have 1-500 employees.

2020 ASE Compensation Survey Highlights:

  • Actual wage increases, based on a constant sample of companies, increased 2.6% year over year.  The constant sample represents companies who reported data in both 2019 and 2020.
  • Merit increase budgets, what a company budgets for performance-based pay increases, averaged 3%.  This is consistent with 2019 merit budgets.
  • Organizations offering variable or incentive pay showed a slight decrease to 80% in 2020 compared to 83% in 2019.
  • Legal, Facilities Management, Scheduling, Administrative, Sales / Marketing and Information Systems are all fields that witnessed average wage increases of 3% and higher.
  • Design Engineering and Product Development Engineering job groups average wage increases were 3.6% and 3.5% respectively.

To obtain a copy of the 2020 Compensation Survey results, contact Kevin Marrs, Vice President at ASE, 248-223-8025 or kmarrs@aseonline.org.  

About ASE
ASE is Michigan’s trusted HR partner.  ASE is a non-profit, membership organization – everything we do is based on the needs of members and to drive the success of their organizations.  ASE strengthens organization’s HR departments by offering member benefits and discounted services that span the entire employee lifecycle including recruitment, development, and retention while minimizing compliance risk. We provide our members guidance through new legislation and workplace issues such as those currently occurring with the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Ultimate Software Provides Going Back to Work Resources

Ultimate Software is providing HR professionals with resources to help them navigate the back to work environment. Resources include whitepapers, on-demand webcasts & blog posts. Topics range from “team bonding from afar,” to “effective communication in turbulent times,” to “evolving expectations of returning to work.” For information, go to https://www.ultimatesoftware.com/Going-Back-to-Work and https://www.ultimatesoftware.com/covid-19-leadership-resources

Ultimate Software was founded on a core belief. If we put our people first, they will put our customers first. So, we did just that and never looked back. Since 1990, we’ve been building the best human capital management and employee experience solutions to help us, you, and everyone else continue doing the right thing. Ultimate partners with clients with technology and services, including HR management, Payroll, Benefits Administration, Workforce Management, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Learning Management, Surveys, HR Service Delivery, and Analytics.

For more information on Ultimate Software, reach out to Christie Hecht at Christie_Hecht@ultimatesoftware.com or 248-229-5125.

ASE Announces its Compensation and Benefits Conference Will Take Place June 25th Virtually

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

Livonia, Mich. — May 29, 2020 — ASE, one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers, announces its 10th annual Compensation & Benefits Conference will be held on Thursday, June 25th. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held virtually.

The 2020 Compensation and Benefits Conference will cover the latest developments in total rewards with a unique emphasis on the how COVID-19 will impact these programs.

ASE CEO, Mary E. Corrado, announced the conference and stated, “The world of work has changed as a result of the pandemic and as businesses plan for a return to the workplace it is important to consider how this crisis has impacted total rewards programs.  Our virtual event continues our tradition of providing relevant educational programming from the high caliber speakers our members have become accustomed to.”

The conference will feature two plenary sessions, 6 live breakout sessions, and 3 on-demand pre-recorded sessions.

The morning plenary will feature Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership LLC who will speak about the 10 trends shaping every company’s post-COVID-19 future.  This session will highlight the trends that are certain, emerging technologies, changing consumer and employee expectations, and how COVID-19 might impact our lives and our work.

Breakout Sessions include:

•   Total Rewards Implications and Opportunities Post COVID-19 (Willis Towers Watson)

•   Benefits Compliance in the Wake of COVID-19 (JS Clark Agency, An Assured Partners Company)

•   Navigating the “New Normal” in HR and Payroll Compliance (iSolved HCM)

•   Seismic Events and the World of Work (Buck)

•   Open Enrollment & Communications Strategies in a Virtual Environment (Marsh & McLennan Agency of MI)

•   Data for Talent Strategy in Times of Change (Payfactors)

•   Financial Wellbeing and Your Workforce (Gallagher)

•  Attaining True Pay Equity–Best Practices for Measuring and Avoiding Structural Pay Disparities (Biddle Consulting Group, Inc.)

•   Wage and Hour 2020: Navigating Through the Crisis (Clark Hill, PLC)

The afternoon plenary will feature Kevin Marrs and Jason Rowe, both from ASE, and will reveal the results of its 2020 compensation surveys. The session will include data around the business impact of COVID-19.

For a complete conference agenda, downloadable brochure, and registration information, please visit the ASE website.

About ASE

ASE is Michigan’s trusted HR partner.  ASE is a non-profit, membership organization – everything we do is based on the needs of members and to drive the success of their organizations.  ASE strengthens organization’s HR departments by offering member benefits and discounted services that span the entire employee lifecycle including recruitment, development, and retention while minimizing compliance risk. We provide our members guidance through new legislation and workplace issues such as those currently occurring with the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Ascentis Announces Touch-Free Time Clocks with Temperature Reading Capabilities

Date:  May 11, 2020

Contact:  Deb Bethel, deb.bethel@ascentis.com

A safe workplace has a new definition in a post-COVID-19 world. Ascentis CarePoint is a new touchless time clock solution that helps employers get back up to speed while protecting the well-being of their employees. CarePoint offers groundbreaking, first-to-market technology that integrates easily with Ascentis time software to create a safer work environment as your business begins the journey to the new normal.

Ascentis CarePoint provides add-on options to the NT8000 Smart Clock for a non-disruptive, touch-free way to protect the wellbeing of your organization. CarePoint includes a patent pending Thermal Checker added to your timeclock for the most accurate touch-free temperature reading that works seamlessly with a full range of voice-commanded timeclock actions. This first-to-market technology is backed by Ascentis’ industry leading time software.

Thermal Temperature Checker

CarePoint’s patent-pending Thermal Checker offers an automatic, touch-free tool for accurate employee temperature screening. With real-time results, HR leaders can create a policy for failed temperature checks to ensure a safe environment and a consistent experience for all employees at the point of entry to the workspace.

    • Touch-free temperature readings without needing additional human interaction and additional single-function equipment or technology spend
    • Accurate multi-point temperature readings without removal of masks, hats, or other protective apparel
    • Displays real-time approval or rejection of an employee’s temperature on the clock screen
    • Eliminates human error with temperature taking and reporting
    • Connects seamlessly with all Ascentis NT8000 clocks via existing USB ports
      Voice Command

      The time clock is one of the most frequented and shared devices by employees in the workplace. CarePoint allows employees to fully interact with all essential clock functions with voice recognition to avoid any physical contact and prevent the spread of disease.

      • Operate and interact with all essential clock functions with voice command
      • Touch-free clock functionality
      • Recognizes and accurately identifies employees even while wearing masks or personal protective equipment
      • Improves workplace safety by eliminating contact with shared device
        Bluetooth Beacon Technology

        Social distancing and contact tracing are both crucial elements of the new normal. Being aware of how your employees move through the workplace can be a tremendous help in mitigating risk and protecting health. CarePoint’s built-in Bluetooth beacon technology helps you maintain spacing and pinpoint problem areas if health issues do arise.

        • Eliminates time cards and allows employees to interact with the time clock from a distance
        • Tracks workers’ locations within a building, helping to enforce social distancing measures and develop safer workspaces

If you would like more information on Ascentis CarePoint, or to be notified when it becomes available to you, call us at 734-274-3430.

Kopson Elected to Second Term on American Health Law Association Board

DATE: May 11, 2020 

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – May 11, 2020 – A shareholder at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, Mark S. Kopson was recently elected to a second term on the board of directors of the American Health Law Association (AHLA).

Kopson, who leads Plunkett Cooney’s Health Care Industry Group, was reelected to a three-year term beginning on July 1. He also was elected to serve a one-year term as an At-Large member of the association’s Nominating Committee.

With over 13,000 members, the AHLA is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, nonprofit educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field. The organization, whose members include attorneys practicing in law and consulting firms, academic institutions, corporate legal departments and in the public sector, seeks to foster excellence in health law by educating and connecting the health law community.

Resident in Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, Kopson has been a member of the AHLA since 1987 and has served the organization in a number of roles, including as chair and vice chair of the Payers, Plans and Managed Care Practice group, as chair of the Managed Care Contracting Affinity Group, and as a member of several board of directors committees. In addition, he frequently speaks at AHLA programs and is a contributing author for several AHLA publications.

Kopson has practiced health care law for 33 years with special emphasis on matters related to managed care. He represents plans, payers and providers in Michigan and throughout the United States.

He has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of clinically integrated networks of hospitals, physicians, ambulatory surgery centers and ancillary providers; managed care negotiation; contracting and dispute resolution; value-based reimbursement and revenue cycle; as well as regulatory compliance and agency investigation response.

Kopson is a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan’s Health Care Law Section and previously served as its chair and secretary. A recipient of numerous honors, Kopson has been named a Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law, a Michigan Super Lawyer in Health Care by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine, a Leading Lawyer in Health Law by Leading Lawyers magazine Michigan, and a Top Lawyer in Health Care Law by Dbusiness magazine. Kopson also has received the highest peer review rating – AV® Preeminent™ – awarded by Martindale Hubbell, an international legal industry directory.

Plunkett Cooney’s Healthcare Industry Group serves the needs of clients in the increasingly complex business of healthcare. Using a multi-specialty approach, the group’s attorneys develop strategies and both prevent and solve problems on behalf of all types of healthcare providers, payers, plans and health-related businesses. The firm’s clients include clinically integrated networks, health plans, behavioral health providers, for-profit and non-profit health systems, single- and multi-specialty professional practices, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, and long-term care facilities.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Mark S. Kopson’s reelection to the AHLA Board of Directors, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

ASE Releases its Latest COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Regarding Return to Work

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

Livonia, Mich. — May 4, 2020 — ASE, Michigan’s largest employer association, released its 3rd survey aimed at tracking the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Michigan businesses. The current survey, launched on April 21st, examines the specific efforts being considered or implemented by employers to protect their workforce in preparation for a return to work.

Nearly a third (32.1%) of participants consider themselves “very well prepared” to resume normal operations and provide a safe work environment once Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order expires.  At the time of the survey, nearly half (47.3%) of respondents reported that formal planning and preparations were underway, but those plans had not been finalized or documented.

Mary E. Corrado, ASE President and CEO, stated, “The results of this survey, as well as conversations we have had with our members, clearly show that employers have aggressively shifted their focus towards planning for a return to work. We are encouraged by the level of collaboration between businesses as we all work towards a goal of getting back to work safely.”

Specific preparations that have been implemented or planned include the following:

•  Nearly 90% (89.1%) have taken steps or created plans to disinfect work areas prior to any return to work.

•  More than 70% (73.3%) have created an internal task force or committee to plan, implement, and monitor return to work programs.

•  Nearly 80% (79.4%) have developed plans to address employees who become ill or exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while at work.

•  Nearly 70%(68.5%) have identified and assigned roles for specific staff who will be involved in the implementation and monitoring of the organization’s pandemic response and/or return to work programs.

•  More than half (54.5%) have conducted a formal audit of workplace environment and processes to assess risk factors.

•  More than half of those responding have plans to enhance visitor screening (57.0%) or restrict all but essential visitors into the workplace (53.9%).

•  More than half (53.9%) plan to conduct temperature screening as employees enter their facility.

•  Nearly half (49.1%) have implemented (or plan to implement) formal procedures to identify which workers employees have been in contact with while at work in the event an employee tests positive or exhibits symptoms for COVID-19 (i.e., contact tracing).  More than a third (38.2%) are considering that activity.

Communication with employees before and after a return to work will be key.  The data suggests that employers are taking steps to ensure that employees are aware of what a return to work will look like.  Specifically, nearly 80% (79.4%) are planning to, or seriously considering, distributing communication to employees about self-screening protocols prior to any return to work.  70% are considering or have implemented specific communications to employees to address fears and concerns around a return to work.  Nearly 60% of organizations are considering or have provided training to employees on return-to-work protocols.

Social distancing will likely continue after any return to work.  For example, nearly 70% will encourage virtual meetings despite any return to work, and more than half (51.5%) have plans to reduce seating in collaboration/common areas.

The data suggests that regardless of any discontinuation of Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order it will not be business as usual.  More than half (55.2%) are planning for a phased return to work where only a certain portion (e.g., half) of the employee population will return to the office or worksite.  Just slightly more than 10% (12.7%) will implement a complete return to work, such as what was in place prior to the Stay Home, Stay Safe order.

The majority (87.9%) of the respondents have 500 or fewer employees.  76% of those responding operate in Metro Detroit.

For employer resources on handling the COVID-19 pandemic and for daily updates, please visit https://www.aseonline.org/Insights-Analytics/Coronavirus-Resources.  To view the complete survey results, click here.

About ASE

ASE is Michigan’s trusted HR partner.  ASE is a non-profit, membership organization – everything we do is based on the needs of members and to drive the success of their organizations.  ASE strengthens organization’s HR departments by offering member benefits and discounted services that span the entire employee lifecycle including recruitment, development, and retention while minimizing compliance risk. We provide our members guidance through new legislation and workplace issues such as those currently occurring with the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Cude, Hermiz Join Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Group

DATE:  April 29, 2020 

CONTACT:  John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Bloomfield Hills, MI — April 29, 2020 — Attorneys Heather Cude and Krystal D. Hermiz recently joined the Transportation Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms.

A member of the firm’s Detroit office, Cude focuses her practice on the defense of first- and third-party auto liability on behalf of national insurance companies and their policyholders. Additionally, she has experience handling personal injury cases that involve trucking liability, bus liability, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, pet attacks and claims of alleged police misconduct.

Cude received her law degree, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 2015. While in law school, she interned for the Hon. Judge Gerald E. Rosen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Wayne County Corporation Counsel. Cude received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University in 2013.

Hermiz, who is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses her practice in the areas of first- and third-party motor vehicle negligence. She represents insurers, corporations and individuals in a variety of automotive liability matters, including cases involving complex legal and factual issues such as coverage, fraud and rescission, and uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits, as well as claims involving premises liability.

Selected a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine since 2013, Hermiz is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association and the Chaldean American Bar Association for which she is a past president.

Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Michigan, Hermiz is a 2008 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a 2004 graduate of the University of Michigan.

Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law Practice Group includes the talents of more than 30 attorneys who provide an array of litigation and risk management services, including expertise in the areas of first- and third-party auto liability, cross-border claims with Canada, trucking liability, fraud investigations and emergency accident response.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Heather Cude and Krystal Hermiz joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

MetLife presents: Moving from Financial Insecurity to Financial Wellness Webinar — May 12th

Date: May 12th, 2020

Time: 1 p.m. ET – 2 p.m. ET

1 SHRM PD Credit

This continuing education course has been developed to provide a practical roadmap to implement or improve a financial wellness program. We put a human face on financial wellness, focusing on employee concerns and what financial wellness looks like. By leveraging video clips of employee interviews and quotes throughout the presentation, the information provided is more “real world” and less theoretical, grounded in inspired strategies.

We start with laying the foundation by quickly addressing what everyone is aware of: the financial stress employees are facing, its impact on productivity, employees looking to their employer for help and how more employers feel responsible and plan on addressing financial wellness.  Then the presentation covers a framework to help employees take steps to get financially well.

The presentation is comprised of four chapters highlighting financial insecurity becoming an epidemic, why it matters to employers, helping employees get engaged to change behavior and drive action, and the practical application to building a program in four easy steps.

This course is designed to present you with information and recommendations that lead to actionable ideas.  

Speaker: Cherri Smith Bruggeman

Cherri Bruggeman has been with MetLife since 2002 and is currently responsible for managing the Financial Wellness program for seven states in the Midwest.  She supports over 30 benefits and financial professionals and delivers solutions to benefits Broker and Consultant partners.  Her focus is on the successful implementation and delivery of the PlanSmart programs which include Retirewise®, our flagship, award-winning workshop, topical workshops as well as other financial wellness services.

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Massaron Authors Successful Amicus Brief in Multi-district Opioid Litigation

DATE:  April 22, 2020 

CONTACT:  John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – April 22, 2020 – Plunkett Cooney appellate attorney Mary Massaron recently authored a successful amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit, urging  the grant of a writ of mandamus to correct three district court rulings not in conformance with the requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP).

Written earlier this year on behalf of the Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, the amicus brief asked the appellate court to issue a writ of mandamus to correct the lower court’s rulings because they were inconsistent with the federal rules and, therefore,  violated the fundamental principles required for a court operating under the rule of law.

In its mandamus opinion, the three-judge panel held that the “rule of law applies in multidistrict litigation under 28 U.S.C. Section 1407 just as it does in any individual case.” The appellate court went on to state that its “decision to grant leave to amend was plainly incorrect as a matter of law …” because the ruling was inconsistent with the FRCP.”

The panel ordered that the counties’ November 2019 amendments to their complaints, which added dispensing claims against the defendant pharmacies roughly 17 months after the deadline for such amendments, be stricken.

In addition, the appellate court opined that “[w]hat an MDL court may not do, however, is distort or disregard the rules of law applicable to each of those cases. The rules at issue here are the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which have the same force of law that any statute does.”

According to Massaron, who is a partner and co-leader of the Class Action & Mass Tort Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms, this ruling should be helpful in other MDLs because the appellate court predicated its decision on the importance of the rule of law in MDLs as in all cases

Massaron is one of the firm’s most accomplished appellate attorneys with over 400 appeals to her credit, approximately 50 of which are published decisions. She is a past president of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, and she has the distinction of being inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Appellate Attorneys. Massaron is a past chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Amicus Briefs, and she is perennially identified as a top appellate attorney in Michigan by Martindale-Hubbell, Best Lawyers in America and other leading peer review organizations.

Members of Plunkett Cooney’s Class Action, Mass Tort & Multi-District Litigation Practice Group have achieved numerous victories on behalf of their clients by defeating class certification, obtaining dismissal of putative class representatives’ claims, and favorably resolving high exposure class action, mass tort, and multi-district litigation. Plunkett Cooney’s Appellate Law Practice Group, of which Massaron is also a member, is one of Michigan’s most accomplished with more than 1,500 cases to its credit in state and federal appellate courts.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell and Crain’s Detroit Business named the firm its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about the amicus brief written by Mary Massaron on behalf of the LCJ, contact Plunkett Cooney’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

COVID-19 Reference Materials from RP Littler

Contact Info:  Rachel Beatty 
Littler, Regional Marketing Coordinator
Phone:  412.201.7667
Email:  RBeatty@littler.com

Littler has been producing timely content on COVID-19 and how to manage employees during this uncertain time.  The third link takes you to Littler’s regularly updated COVID-19 webpage; you can also sign up for email updates there.

COVID-19 Reference Materials: