IRS extends filing time for 1095s: Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have until March 4, 2019,
Millennials are no different than their parents, just poorer: Millennials are probably tired of being called out all the time. Truth is, they are very similar to previous generations (and for those Millennials reading this, the Boomers got a lot of flack as well in their time).
Michigan interest rates rising: The Michigan interest rate for underpayments and overpayments of taxes has increased from 5.41% to 5.9% for the period of January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019. Source: Michigan Department of Treasury, Revenue Administrative Bulletin 2018-23, November 13, 2018
Two more states increase minimum wage: The mid-term elections have ushered in a wage boost for workers in Arkansas and Missouri. Voters approved ballot initiatives that will raise the minimum wage in Arkansas from its current $8.50 an hour to $11.00 an hour in 2021. In Missouri, voters gave the go-ahead to increase the state minimum wage of $7.85 an hour to $12.00 an hour by 2023.
Employees looking for new jobs while at work: Most professionals feel confident testing the employment waters, even from their current office, research suggests. In a survey from global staffing firm Accountemps, 78% of workers said they would feel at least somewhat comfortable looking for a new job while with their present company
Paid parental leave growing among employers: The Mercer 2018 Survey on Absence and Disability Management found that in 2018, 41% percent of employers offered paid parental leave to their employees, up from only 25% percent in 2015.
2019 minimum wage changes: A number of states will be increasing their minimum wage requirements in 2019. For a list of these states, click here. To order new state posters, ASE members can log in to www.aseonline.org and on your dashboard you will find a link for labor law posters on the left side of the page. Or you can go to www.govdocs.com and purchase directly from the site. Use the promotion code “gn-ase” when checking out to get the ASE member...
New overtime rule coming in March 2019: In its Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, the Trump Administration formally announced its intention to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in March 2019 “to determine the appropriate salary level for exemption of executive, administrative, and professional employees.” What is expected in the new rules?
No changes to 2019 W-4: In a move that is likely to elicit a collective sigh of relief from payroll professionals, the IRS has announced that it will not be making major changes to the 2019 version of Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.
Is health care becoming an unaffordable benefit for employers? Nationally, annual premiums rose 5% to $19,616 for an employer-provided family plan in 2018, according to the yearly poll of employers by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.
Are you a good employer for working mothers? Working Mother revealed its annual list of the 2018 “100 Best Companies,” celebrating companies that lead in the areas of female career advancement, paid parental leave, childcare assistance, benefits, and flextime.
Andrea Gogel was hired in 2008 to be the manager of the Team Relations Department of Kia Motors Manufacturing of Georgia, Inc. During her time at Kia, Gogel heard many complaints about how women and Americans were treated at the Korean owned company. She believed she experienced similar treatment herself, and in her view, had been denied a promotion because she is a woman and an American. She investigated these complaints and followed Kia’s procedure. In 2009 Kia...
Why a student loan assistance program would be a great attraction/retention tool: A 2018 study from student loan management company IonTuition found that 75% of respondents would rather their employer offer monthly contributions to their student loans over 401(k) benefits.
Did you know? The number of job openings hit the highest level on record. The U.S. now has 11 job openings per 10 unemployed persons. While job openings have been rising across the economy, manufacturing, construction, hotels, and restaurants had the highest increases in recent months. The biggest issue for employers is quality of hire. Source: The Wall Street Journal 9/12/18
Governor Snyder bans the box for Michigan government employment: The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has removed the checkbox reading “Were you convicted of a felony?” that precedes occupational and construction code licensing applications, according to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in a September 7th press release.