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Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, 248.260.8466,;
Wendy LoCicero, ASE, 248.223.8006,

Livonia, Mich. —March 4, 2016 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces two new class offerings in its training curriculum: Emotional Intelligence Now and HIPAA. Both courses count towards HR continuing education for professional certification. ASE currently offers more than 65 courses in its curriculum catalog.

Emotional Intelligence Now, a three-hour course, explores the relevance and importance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the workplace. EQ is a universal need. Everyone, but especially supervisors, needs to excel at building strong relationships with their peers and direct reports at work.

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), also a three-hour course, is geared to HR professionals, privacy officers, supervisors and managers and looks at HIPAA requirements and how they apply to employers. Course objectives include understanding when protected health information may be used and disclosed and identifying safeguards that must be in place to protect against unintentional uses and disclosures of private health information.

ASE CEO Mary E. Corrado says the course additions reflect the growing menu of topics that fall under the human resources management umbrella.

“As HR evolves into a strategic corporate partner, training programs evolve accordingly,” Corrado said. “HIPAA is no longer just a matter for medical offices; HR personnel and those in supervisory roles need to understand how it impacts the workplace. Similarly, the emotional intelligence concept has been popular for years, but now employers can gain a cultural advantage when they seek to incorporate emotional intelligence into collegial relationships and the workplace.”

Classes are open to ASE members and non-members. To register for these or other courses offered by ASE, 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