Human Resources

Full-Service vs. DIY Background Check Programs

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The shark species, as we know them, have been around for about 400 million years; they were dwelling the oceans when dinosaurs were roaming the land. Growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, there is a saying: “We provoke a shark every time we get in the water where sharks happen to be. The ocean is not our territory – it is theirs.”

Is a Service Dog a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA?

Accommodating employees with disabilities presents a number of challenges, but those associated with mental health disabilities can be particularly difficult. This is illustrated by a recent case from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Arndt v. Ford Motor Co., in which the court held that employers may need to accommodate employee requests for accommodation under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to have a service dog in the workplace.

An “Admiral” Way of Running a Meeting

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Wasted time in meetings never occurred under the watch of Admiral Hyman Rickover, the father of the United States nuclear navy. Please pardon the pun, but when it came to running a meeting, Admiral Rickover ran a tight ship.

First, the admiral would find out ahead of time what people wanted to talk about, then use that information to complete the first two columns of this spreadsheet. He would appoint a timekeeper to keep the meeting on track, who would begin the meeting on time.

Legislation Introduced to Clean Up Unemployment Insurance Processes at Urging of MI Chamber

For years, the unemployment insurance agency (UIA) has been plagued with problems. From wrongly accusing over 40,000 individuals of unemployment insurance (UI) fraud to the growing problem of identity theft claims to a compromise of their database this past winter, no one can deny the UIA is facing many challenges and needs to clean up its act. 

Chamber-Supported Legislation to Address Talent Gap to be Considered in House Committee

The House Workforce and Talent Committee is set to consider legislation later this week aimed at filling Michigan’s talent gap and opening pathways to Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. The Chamber is pledging its support for the package of bills. 

The package of bills would: 

IRS Reverses Policy, Requires Individuals to Certify Individual Mandate Compliance

On Oct. 13, 2017, the IRS reversed a recent policy change in how it monitors compliance with the ACA’s individual mandate. For the upcoming 2018 filing season (filing 2017 tax returns), the IRS‎ will not accept electronically filed tax returns where the taxpayer does not certify whether the individual had health insurance for the year. In addition, paper returns that do not certify compliance with the individual mandate may be suspended pending receipt of additional information, and any refunds due may be delayed.