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COBRA Changes Under the American Rescue Plan

13 April 2021

COBRA Changes Under the American Rescue Plan

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Congress has made another avenue of health coverage more accessible by fully subsidizing the cost of COBRA coverage (or the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) from April 1 - September 30, 2021 for individuals who lost their health coverage due to an involuntary termination or a reduction in hours under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

Michigan Unemployment Expansions Expired as of March 31, 2021

6 April 2021

Michigan Unemployment Expansions Expired as of March 31, 2021

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Unemployment requirements are now reverted back to the way it was before the pandemic hit Michigan.  Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing applicable to state unemployment claims established by Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 20-76, and temporarily codified in statute, expired on March 31, 2021. The last week that the flexibilities apply was the week ending March 27, 2021.

Supporting Your Employees in the New Normal

30 March 2021

Supporting Your Employees in the New Normal

Author: Jason Rowe

Its official. We have survived one year of a global pandemic. While the world tries to navigate this new normal, both at home and in the workplace, employers are faced with an ongoing challenge: How to support employees in an ever-changing business environment. In 2021, compensation and flexibility will be a large part of that support.

Pay Equity a Focus of the Biden Administration

23 March 2021

Pay Equity a Focus of the Biden Administration

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Today, March 24, 2021 is Equal Pay Day.  Equal Pay Day denotes how far into the new year women must work to be paid what men were paid the previous year. Started by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996, the goal was to raise awareness about the gender wage gap.  Although there are various analyses of what the gap is, all agree there is a gap.

What Employers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan

16 March 2021

What Employers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Last week Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 and it was signed into law on Friday.  The ARP also extends some of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) provisions that were signed into law on December 27, 2020.  Below are provisions that will impact employers. 

Salary History Bans – Know the Limitations

2 March 2021

Salary History Bans – Know the Limitations

Author: Sheila Hoover

ASE has received many questions regarding the salary history ban many states have enacted recently. A salary history ban prohibits employers from asking applicants about their current or past salaries, benefits, or other compensation.  

Paid Military Leave Required Under USERRA?

2 March 2021

Paid Military Leave Required Under USERRA?

Author: Michael Burns

ASE’s 2019/20 Michigan Policies and Practices Survey reports that although most employers offer all necessary time off to employees that are in the military or national guard, most do not offer any supplemental pay to employees that go on military leave for such activities as annual National Guard training or Army Reserve active duty services.  Based upon a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision handed down at the start of February, this may be about to change.
Paycheck Fairness Act Raising Its Ugly Head Again

9 February 2021

Paycheck Fairness Act Raising Its Ugly Head Again

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On January 28, the Democrats reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7), a bill that did not succeed in the Obama administration, as a way to strengthen the Equal Pay Act (EPA).  According to the sponsors, the Paycheck Fairness Act would end the practice of pay secrecy and strengthen the available remedies for wronged employees.  It is a priority not only for the Democrats in Congress, but a plank in President Biden’s gender equality initiatives.
$15/Hr. Federal Minimum Wage Bill Introduced Last Week. What Else Does It Do?

2 February 2021

$15/Hr. Federal Minimum Wage Bill Introduced Last Week. What Else Does It Do?

Author: Michael Burns

To no one’s surprise, the Democrats re-introduced a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage from 7.25/hr. first set in 2009 up to $15/hr. over four years. This has been a long-time objective of the Democratic Party. With President Biden now in the White House (Executive Branch) and the Democrats holding the majority in the House and also by a thin margin, the Senate (Legislative Branch), this legislation has the best chance of passing in years.

Google Settles Long Running OFCCP Audit

2 February 2021

Google Settles Long Running OFCCP Audit

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In a long running audit of Google by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the two sides came to a settlement agreement just before the administration switched over.  It is an interesting agreement and may hold some implications for future audit settlements.

Student Loan Repayment Benefits Get a Boost from the Pandemic

26 January 2021

Student Loan Repayment Benefits Get a Boost from the Pandemic

Author: Kevin Marrs

Looking for ways to attract talent, some employers saw the student loan debt challenge as a potential recruitment tool and began offering student loan repayment assistance.  Historically, the benefit has not been overwhelmingly popular with employers.

New Benefits Requirements Due to the Consolidated Appropriations Act

19 January 2021

New Benefits Requirements Due to the Consolidated Appropriations Act

Author: Anthony Kaylin

When the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) was signed on December 27, 2020, it did not just fund government for the 2021 Fiscal Year but also made some changes to benefit offerings. Specifically, changes were made to Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), student loan assistance programs, mental health and substance abuse benefits, pharmacy benefits reporting, disclosure of service provider compensation, and surprise medical billing.

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Issues Opinion Letter on Remote/Teleworking and Travel Circumstances

12 January 2021

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Issues Opinion Letter on Remote/Teleworking and Travel Circumstances

Author: Michael Burns

Due to the pandemic, remote work is bubbling up new wage and hour issues for employers. Is a non-exempt employee that works from home but must travel into the office during the day legally owed payment for travel time from home to office?

2021 Compensation Surveys are Launching - Your Data is Appreciated!

5 January 2021

2021 Compensation Surveys are Launching - Your Data is Appreciated!

Author: Jason Rowe

Since 1952, ASE has been committed to providing the highest level of quality surveys to our members, allowing them to attract and retain valuable employees. Maintaining that quality largely depends on achieving robust levels of survey participation by ASE members. With high participation levels, we are able to create a far more substantial database that will allow for a more powerful analysis of the data. This means more meaningful breakouts by industry sector and size categories, leading to...
U.S. DOL Opines on Piece Rate Calculation Method

8 December 2020

U.S. DOL Opines on Piece Rate Calculation Method

Author: Michael Burns

Some employers use a piece rate method of payment. Piece rate payment differs from the normal hours worked approach to pay in that a piece rate worker receives pay based upon how many units a worker accomplishes during a particular period of work.

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