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BLS Report Shows Government Workers Make 40% More Than Private Industry Employees

9 July 2024

BLS Report Shows Government Workers Make 40% More Than Private Industry Employees

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its report on state and local government worker pay. It showed that public worker pay is nearly 40% higher than private sector workers. Remember this next time a call for tax increases is made.

Despite Two Court Rulings on Legality, DOL Salary Threshold Rule Went Into Effect July 1st

2 July 2024

Despite Two Court Rulings on Legality, DOL Salary Threshold Rule Went Into Effect July 1st

Author: Michael Burns

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule changing the salary level test from $684/week to $844/week took effect as scheduled. This rule is being challenged in several Texas federal courts. It was hoped by some, that one of those Court decisions would result in the issuance of an injunction for the entire United States. However, in one case, the injunction issued on Friday only impacts State of Texas public employees. In the second case, the Court declined to issue an...
2024 Pay Trends: Key Findings from the ASE Compensation Survey

2 July 2024

2024 Pay Trends: Key Findings from the ASE Compensation Survey

Author: Emily Price

The 2024 ASE Compensation Survey provides a detailed look into salary trends across Michigan, reflecting the dynamic nature of the job market and economic conditions. With data from 411 employers covering 545 positions and over 95,000 incumbents, the survey offers valuable insights into wage growth, economic influences, and compensation practi

Top Performing Companies Are Proactive, Transparent, and Communicative About Pay

11 June 2024

Top Performing Companies Are Proactive, Transparent, and Communicative About Pay

Author: Heather Nezich

Payscale Inc., ASE partner and the leading provider of compensation data, software and services, released its 2024 Top Performers Report. Leveraging data from Payscale’s flagship Compensation Best Practices Report, the new research examines what differentiates top performing companies, defined as organizations who self-report that they exceeded their revenue targets in 2023, from non-top performers: those that missed their revenue goals. Payscale found that being proactive,...
How to Prepare for the New U.S DOL Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees

30 April 2024

How to Prepare for the New U.S DOL Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour announced a final rule, Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees, which will take effect on July 1, 2024. The final rule increases the standard salary level and the total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees (HCE).   It will have major implications for employers – especially those who have employees in other states...
Davis-Bacon Act: Understanding the Final Rule

30 April 2024

Davis-Bacon Act: Understanding the Final Rule

Author: Linda Olejniczak

For the first time in nearly four decades, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has ushered in significant revisions to regulations governing the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) and its associated statutes, affecting federal wage regulations applicable to contractors and subcontractors engaged in most government construction projects. These changes, collectively referred to as the DBRA, are aimed at enhancing clarity and consistency in administering and enforcing DBRA regulations.
Employee Appreciation Day is March 1st – What do Employees Want?

27 February 2024

Employee Appreciation Day is March 1st – What do Employees Want?

Author: Heather Nezich

Employee Appreciation Day is this Friday, March 1st. Do you know what makes your employees feel appreciated? It might differ by generation according to a new report by Talent LMS.

The Benefits of Outplacement Services: An Approach to Employee Transition

20 February 2024

The Benefits of Outplacement Services: An Approach to Employee Transition

Author: Emily Price

Companies often face the challenging task of workforce optimization, which may involve layoffs or downsizing. While these decisions are never easy, offering outplacement services can provide many benefits for both employers and employees. There are advantages of embracing outplacement services as a beneficial approach to employee transition during layoffs.

ASE Releases Results to the 2024 Severance Pay, Policies, & Practices Survey

15 February 2024

ASE Releases Results to the 2024 Severance Pay, Policies, & Practices Survey

Author: Heather Nezich

Troy, MI – February 14, 2024 --- ASE, one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has released its Severance Pay, Policies, & Practices Survey. This survey provides a comprehensive look at the various aspects of severance policies and programs, including severance benefits, outplacement assistance, and executive severance plans.

Federal Contractors Will be Required to Comply with Pay Transparency Requirements by End of Year

6 February 2024

Federal Contractors Will be Required to Comply with Pay Transparency Requirements by End of Year

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On January 30, 2024, the Administration proposed to publish a preliminary rule that would create a series of actions designed to support equal pay activities for workers of federal contractors and agencies as set forth by Executive Orders 14035 and 14069.  Essentially, the rule would prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from seeking and considering salary history when setting compensation and will require pay range disclosures in certain job...
Is Changing the 401K to an RBA a Good Idea for Employers?

30 January 2024

Is Changing the 401K to an RBA a Good Idea for Employers?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Some organizations are changing from a 401k plan to RBA. IBM is one such organization that is changing its traditional 401K plan to a new approach.  IBM currently matches the first 5% of salary that employees contribute to their 401(k) accounts, dollar for dollar, and provides an automatic 1% contribution for a total of 6%.  Instead, it will offer a secondary plan. 

Colorado Develops More Stringent Requirements for Pay Transparency in 2024

9 January 2024

Colorado Develops More Stringent Requirements for Pay Transparency in 2024

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Employers with employees in Colorado must comply with recent amendments to Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA) that became effective January 1, 2024.  While offering benefits such as cut off dates for applications, it creates more work for HR because it may not be able to standardize completely the new regulations’ requirements.

Employers Brace for Impact After UAW Wins

19 December 2023

Employers Brace for Impact After UAW Wins

Author: Kevin Marrs

Labor contracts of large employers can significantly impact smaller related employers through a series of economic forces. One primary mechanism is the influence of wage and benefit standards set by major corporations within a specific industry. When large companies establish high standards in their labor contracts, it creates a benchmark that smaller employers often feel compelled to meet to attract and retain skilled and experienced workers.

What is a “Long Term Part-Time” (LTPT) Employee and Why Should You Care?

5 December 2023

What is a “Long Term Part-Time” (LTPT) Employee and Why Should You Care?

Author: Michael Burns

While we were all enjoying the Friday after Thanksgiving the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued a set of rules that could benefit a small (probably) number of employees by making them eligible to participate in an employer’s 401K defined contribution plan.

Can a 401k Plan Offset Future Employer Contributions?

5 December 2023

Can a 401k Plan Offset Future Employer Contributions?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The use of forfeitures to offset employer contributions is well established and is explicitly permitted under treasury regulations and is consistent with Department of Labor guidance.  So why is this approach an issue now?

A Pay Transparency Law That Went Array

28 November 2023

A Pay Transparency Law That Went Array

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The State of Washington has been a leader in pay transparency law.  The Equal Pay and Opportunities Act prohibits gender pay discrimination by addressing business practices that contribute to income disparities between genders.  Further, all pay ranges and benefits for a job advertisement must be in the posting.   Specifically, a “posting” is defined as any solicitation, including recruitment done directly by an employer or indirectly through a third...
UAW President Vows Increased Organizing Push on Non-union Auto and Supplier Companies

28 November 2023

UAW President Vows Increased Organizing Push on Non-union Auto and Supplier Companies

Author: Michael Burns

Shaun Fain, UAW President, is not only taking a victory lap around the recent contract settlements with the Detroit Three, but he has also repeatedly vowed to organize the other non-union auto manufacturers and their suppliers so that in 2028 he will be bargaining against the Big Five or Six.

Davis-Bacon Rule Update

21 November 2023

Davis-Bacon Rule Update

Author: Linda Olejniczak

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has ushered in significant changes to the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) standards. This final rule, effective October 23, 2023, comprised of hundreds of pages, is poised to impact over one million construction workers. Alongside the comprehensive revisions, the DOL has released a set of Frequently Asked Questions to guide stakeholders through the intricacies of the updated regulations.
Court Looks at Delivery Driver Expense Reimbursement Scheme

7 November 2023

Court Looks at Delivery Driver Expense Reimbursement Scheme

Author: Michael Burns

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is looking at an employer’s delivery driver expense plan. Under federal law a business can reimburse delivery drivers through a reasonable approximation of their expenses rather than using a mileage expense method, as long as the total reimbursement, along with any wages does not reduce the driver’s take home pay below minimum wage.

Are Remote Employees Eligible for FMLA?

7 November 2023

Are Remote Employees Eligible for FMLA?

Author: Linda Olejniczak

In short, yes, employees who telework are eligible for Family Medical Leave Act/ FMLA leave on the same basis as employees who report to any other worksite to perform their job.  An employee who has worked for an employer for at least 12 months, has at least 1,250 hours of service for the employer during the 12-month period immediately preceding the leave, and works at a location where the employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles is eligible for FMLA leave.

Payscale Research Reveals Top Drivers Behind Employee Turnover and the Impact of Pay Transparency

17 October 2023

Payscale Research Reveals Top Drivers Behind Employee Turnover and the Impact of Pay Transparency

Author: Kevin Marrs

Research from Payscale revealed that the health of an organization in terms of its prospects has emerged as the foremost motivator driving employees to seek new job opportunities.  Payscale’s Retention Report delves into the primary reasons behind employee attrition and the influence of pay transparency. The research findings reveal intriguing insights into the dynamics of the modern workforce.

Floating Holidays: A Win-Win Benefit

26 September 2023

Floating Holidays: A Win-Win Benefit

Author: Emily Price

Striking a balance between work and personal life has become increasingly challenging. As employers strive to be more inclusive and flexible, the concept of floating holidays has emerged as a valuable tool to help employees maintain a balance.

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Proposed FLSA Salary Level Test

5 September 2023

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Proposed FLSA Salary Level Test

Author: Michael Burns

As reported last week, on August 30, 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it is proposing a revised rule that will increase its Salary Level Test by revising part of the Exemption Tests in its regulations. To be classified as an exempt employee under the DOL regulations, the job must meet three tests as outlined by the FLSA regulations:

Understanding the Distinction: Pay Equity vs. Pay Fairness

5 September 2023

Understanding the Distinction: Pay Equity vs. Pay Fairness

Author: Kevin Marrs

In a March report released by the Pew Research Center, it was revealed that in 2022, women in the United States typically earned 82 cents for each dollar earned by men in similar roles. This statistic remained stagnant when compared to the year 2002 when women earned 80 cents on the dollar. The slow pace of narrowing the gender pay gap in the 21st century stands in stark contrast to the considerable progress made in the preceding two decades. In 1982, women were earning a mere 65 cents for...
The Status of Paid Parental Leave in the United States

15 August 2023

The Status of Paid Parental Leave in the United States

Author: Emily Price

Paid parental leave is a critical policy that provides employees with the opportunity to take time off work to care for their newborn or newly adopted child while receiving a portion of their regular pay. While many countries around the world have implemented paid parental leave policies, the United States has been slow to catch up.

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