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Feb

2019

Quick Hits - February 13, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Michigan Paid Sick Leave Poster now available: Effective March 29, 2019, the Paid Medical Leave Act, 2018 PA 338, as amended, requires covered employers to display the new poster in a conspicuous place that is accessible to eligible employees.  Click here for a copy of the poster.

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Feb

2019

Quick Hits - February 6, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 reporting opening in March:  Due to the partial lapse in appropriations, the opening of the EEO-1 has been postponed until early March 2019. The deadline to submit EEO-1 data will be extended until May 31, 2019. 

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Jan

2019

Quick Hits - January 30, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

It’s OSHA time again: For employers who are required to maintain work-related injury and illness records, it’s that time of year again. Employers covered by OSHA’s recordkeeping rule are required to prepare and post the OSHA Form 300A, “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses,” beginning February 1 and keep the form posted until April 30. 

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Jan

2019

Quick Hits - January 23, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 reporting likely delayed:  With the partial government shutdown impacting the EEOC, it is likely that the EEO-1 reporting will be delayed. The EEOC had apparently planned to open the 2018 EEO-1 filing website during the second or third week of January 2019, with a planned filing deadline of March 31, 2019

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Jan

2019

Quick Hits - January 16, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

Governor Whitmer signs executive directive expanding equal opportunity with the state: On January 7, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2019-9 focused on assuring equal opportunity in state employment, contracting, grant and loan programs, and the provision of state services.   

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Jan

2019

Quick Hits - January 9, 2019

Author: ASE Staff

IRS releases new travel rates:  The IRS has released the optional standard mileage rates for 2019. The standard mileage rates for 2019 are 58 cents per mile for business uses, 20 cents per mile for medical uses, and 14 cents per mile for charitable uses.  

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Dec

2018

Quick Hits - December 19, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

If government shuts down, what exactly happens? Sometimes lost in the discussions of the government shutdown brinksmanship is that, this time, things are a bit different.  

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Dec

2018

Quick Hits - December 12, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

IRS extends filing time for 1095s: Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have until March 4, 2019, 

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Dec

2018

Quick Hits - December 5, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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).  

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Nov

2018

Quick Hits - November 28, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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

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Nov

2018

Quick Hits - November 21, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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.

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Nov

2018

Quick Hits - November 14, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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

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Nov

2018

Quick Hits - November 7, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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. 

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Oct

2018

Quick Hits - October 31, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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...

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Oct

2018

Quick Hits - October 24, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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? 

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Oct

2018

Quick Hits - October 17, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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. 

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Oct

2018

Quick Hits - October 10, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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. 

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Oct

2018

Quick Hits - October 3, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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. 

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Sep

2018

Quick Hits - September 26, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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. 

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Sep

2018

Quick Hits - September 19, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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

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Sep

2018

Quick Hits - September 12, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

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. 

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Sep

2018

Quick Hits - September 5, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

DOL launches new Office of Compliance Initiatives: The Labor Department is launching a new Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) that will be coordinated by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy. 

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Aug

2018

Quick Hits - August 22, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Did you know? 31 states and more than 150 cities and counties have adopted the “ban the box” laws that aim to eliminate the stigma associated with a criminal conviction. 

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Aug

2018

Quick Hits - August 15, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

VETS 4212 portal open for business:  The VETS 4212 portal is open for the 2018 reporting cycle.  As mandated under 38 U.S. Code, Section 4212, codified at 41 CFR Section 61-300, respectively, contractors and subcontractors who enter into, or modify, a contract or subcontract with the federal government, and whose contract meets the criteria set forth in the above legislation/regulations, are required to report annually on their affirmative action efforts in employing veterans.

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Aug

2018

Quick Hits - August 8, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

My new boss doesn’t like me, can I sue?  Many times employees find they have been stellar employees under their old boss, but a new one takes over, and the employee doesn’t meet the new boss’ expectations.  Is it discrimination?  “Plaintiffs’ lawyers say this is the most important thing that ordinary people do not understand about the law,” Laura Beth Nielsen, a sociology professor at Northwestern University said. 
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