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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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Oct

2018

Should an HR Rep be Fired for Allegedly Helping an Employee Sue the Company?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

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...

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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

ASE’s 2018 Member Survey Results

Author: Kevin Marrs

Every two years the American Society of Employers (ASE) conducts a member satisfaction survey to help ASE staff assess and evaluate member satisfaction and how we can serve our members better. Following are summary results of our 2018 survey. We would like to thank all those who took the time to share their thoughts.

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Aug

2018

Quick Hits - August 29, 2018

Author: Heather Nezich

Raising minimum wage initiative on November ballot: A proposal to increase Michigan's minimum wage should be put on the November 2018 ballot, the Michigan Court of Appeals said in a ruling last week. The Michigan One Fair Wage proposal would raise the state's minimum wage from $9.25 per hour to $10 in 2019 and $12 by 2022.  

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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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Jul

2018

Quick Hits - August 1, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

OFCCP Director steps down. The Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Ondray Harris, stepped down at the end of last week. Harris lasted less than 8 months on the job after being appointed to the position last December

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Jul

2018

Is a Full-time Schedule an “Essential Job Function” for an HR Generalist?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Is a full-time work schedule an essential function of a job?  Many would think so when hiring full-time employees or providing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Yet the “modern” workforce is not the same as before.  Time to complete work may not require 40 hours per week.  A recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Michigan) decision questioned the assumption of a required 40-hour work week as an essential job function.

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Jul

2018

Quick Hits - July 25, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

U.S. DOL requested current FMLA forms to be extended to 2021: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has asked the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve its model FMLA forms through 2021 (with no content changes). For now, the expiration dates of the current forms have been extended until July 31, 2018.  After that date the forms can still be used.  Source:  CCH 7/23/18

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Jul

2018

Working Parents are Feeling More Balanced

Author: Heather Nezich

Being a working parent can be especially challenging in the summer.  But according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, the majority of working parents feel that it is possible to have it all. Of workers who have a child living at home, 78% say it's possible to be equally successful in your career and as a parent.

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