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Watch out!  A New Lawsuit Could Upend FLSA Exemption Requirements

16 August 2022

Watch out! A New Lawsuit Could Upend FLSA Exemption Requirements

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A new case has been filed in the Northern District of Texas which could upend the Fair Labor Standards Act law (FLSA).  The new case attacks the two-prong approach of the U.S. Department of Labor of establishing exempt employee thresholds using a salary hurdle test and then the duties test. 

Michigan Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Laws Remain the Same – For Now

2 August 2022

Michigan Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Laws Remain the Same – For Now

Author: Michael Burns

On Friday, Michigan Court of Claim Judge Douglas Shapiro issued a stay order in response to appeals filed by the State of Michigan. The stay was on his ruling two weeks ago holding that the method used by the Michigan Legislature to adopt and amend those laws was unconstitutionally conducted. In staying his ruling, the Judge stated there were “justified concerns” about employer’s ability to accommodate the changes so quickly.

Remote Work – One of the Most Important Benefits a Company Can Offer

26 July 2022

Remote Work – One of the Most Important Benefits a Company Can Offer

Author: Heather Nezich

MRA, one of ASE’s sister associations located in Wisconsin and Illinois, released the results of their latest Hot Topic Survey on Remote Work and Inflation.  The survey revealed that remote work has become one of the most valued benefits companies can offer.

Employers Are Exploring Expansion of Covered Abortion Services

19 July 2022

Employers Are Exploring Expansion of Covered Abortion Services

Author: Heather Nezich

Over one in four employers is exploring the expansion of covered abortion services, according to a new report from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The Post-Dobbs Employer Coverage: July 2022 Pulse Survey revealed current abortion coverage offerings and future considerations. When asked about making changes to current coverage for abortion services, employers responded with the following:

Detroit Area Wages for Tech Talent Lags West Coast

12 July 2022

Detroit Area Wages for Tech Talent Lags West Coast

Author: Kevin Marrs

Wages among Detroit area tech startups fall short of other cities according to a report from Carta.  In fact, the California-based technology software company revealed that Detroit area tech workers earn just 77% of what they would make in the metro areas of San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and San Jose, California.  These cities were identified as the areas with the highest pay packages.

SHRM 2022 National Employee Benefits Survey Data Released

5 July 2022

SHRM 2022 National Employee Benefits Survey Data Released

Author: Michael Burns

The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) released its 2022 Employee Benefit Survey early last month. This national study provides an extensive look at employer benefit program offerings on a national scale.

Rising Gas Costs are Impacting Employees – Employers Respond

28 June 2022

Rising Gas Costs are Impacting Employees – Employers Respond

Author: Heather Nezich

In a recent poll during Conversations with Mike & Tony, only 1 out 20 attendees were assisting employees with gas costs.  But as gas prices continue to rise and more and more employees struggle financially, more employers might consider financial assistance or other accommodations to help with gas costs.

Michigan Employers Raise Salaries 4% in Part to Improve Employee Retention, ASE Survey Shows

21 June 2022

Michigan Employers Raise Salaries 4% in Part to Improve Employee Retention, ASE Survey Shows

Author: Jason Rowe

ASE has released the results of its 2022 Michigan Compensation Survey, which reveals that low unemployment, sluggish labor participation, and unprecedented employee turnover have accelerated the wages and salaries of local employers. Data from the most recent ASE compensation survey shows that overall wage growth, based on a matched sample of companies (referred to as a constant sample) was 4.0% compared to just 2.1% in 2021.

SHRM Survey Reveals How the Pandemic Affected Employee Benefits

21 June 2022

SHRM Survey Reveals How the Pandemic Affected Employee Benefits

Author: Heather Nezich

The pandemic has had a profound effect on all areas of employment, including benefits. Mental health coverage has emerged as one of the most popular covered benefits in 2022 with 91% of employers now offering coverage according to a recent SHRM Employee Benefits Survey.

Wage and Hour Issues to be Aware Of

14 June 2022

Wage and Hour Issues to be Aware Of

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Currently, the U. S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (Wage & Hour) has been conducting a series of listening sessions in various regions to hear what industry and workers’ organizations thoughts are about raising the salary level for exempt employees. 

Take a Vacation – It Could Save Your Life

7 June 2022

Take a Vacation – It Could Save Your Life

Author: Susan Chance

Many employers are investing in health programs for their employees. It could be offering to co-pay for a gym membership, providing online health support programs, or providing on-site fitness centers. However, one important health benefit that employers have offered for a long time is vacation time.

Health Benefits are Key to Addressing the Great Resignation

31 May 2022

Health Benefits are Key to Addressing the Great Resignation

Author: Heather Nezich

As millions of U.S. employees voluntarily resign and employers desperately scramble to find workers, a new survey suggests employee health strategy may be a key ingredient to keeping employees well and at work.

Geographic Pay Issues Appear to be Resolving Itself

24 May 2022

Geographic Pay Issues Appear to be Resolving Itself

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With the onset of the pandemic and the issue of remote workers, a big question in compensation has arisen: do you pay rates based on the location the employee had been physically working or do you pay the rate in the geographic area the employee now lives?  Although IT was most impacted by this issue, with many moving to Texas or Florida, where state income taxes are zero, other industries allowing remote work are being impacted.

If Roe v Wade is Overturned, Then What?

10 May 2022

If Roe v Wade is Overturned, Then What?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

For many employers, their healthcare benefits include access to pregnancy termination procedures, or abortions.  The right to abortions was decided in a 1973 case called Roe v. Wade. The case was controversial for multiple reasons, but the crux of it is that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas statute banning abortion, effectively legalizing the procedure across the United States. Before the decision, abortion had been illegal throughout much of the country forcing many women to...
Working While Caring – A New Employer Initiative to Recruit & Retain Talent

26 April 2022

Working While Caring – A New Employer Initiative to Recruit & Retain Talent

Author: Heather Nezich and Guest Author, Sara Gleicher, LMSW

Two years into the pandemic, businesses large and small continue to struggle to find employees and keep the ones they have. Now, many employers are seeking new ways to retain and attract talent by identifying what matters most to their employees.

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