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14

Dec

2018

Breaking News - Governor Snyder Signs Michigan Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Time Laws

Author: Michael Burns

Late Thursday, Governor Snyder signed the Minimum Wage law (SB 1171) that takes Michigan’s minimum wage to a maximum of $12.05/hr. in 2030 and removed the future indexing of the minimum wage to inflation. He also signed the Earned Sick Time law (SB 1175) that implements paid time off for employee or family member illness, injury, domestic violence, and sexual assault. The new law applies to employers with over 50 employees.

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Dec

2018

Michigan Paid Time Off and Minimum Wage Laws in Process of Amendment

Author: Michael Burns

The Michigan Legislature wasted no time addressing the amendment of the expensive and poorly constructed Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Time laws passed earlier this year. Last evening the State House of Representatives followed the Senate’s passing of both laws and sent them to the Governor's desk for signature.

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Nov

2018

Michigan’s Paid Time Off Law, Whether Repealed or Amended, Compels Employer Review of Its Paid and Other Time Off Policies

Author: Michael Burns

As covered in the November 21st issue of EPTW, Michigan employers have to monitor what paid time off benefits will be required of them going forward. Will Michigan’s GOP-led legislature repeal the Michigan’s Earned Sick Time Act entirely or just amend it in order to relieve some of its expense to smaller employers? It appears that pro-business parties may just go for amending the law down to some “reasonable” degree.

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Nov

2018

Employees Could Eventually Experience Higher Taxes from Tax Cuts

Author: Anthony Kaylin

With the new tax law (The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 or TCJA), the tax brackets were reduced so many would recognize greater cash in their wallet at the end of the day.  However, what was not highly publicized was that the TCJA mandated a change from the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) to the Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (chained CPI). The impact of this tax law change is not beneficial to taxpayers but will be to tax revenues in the...

20

Nov

2018

Better Family Policies Key to Fixing Labor Participation Rate

Author: Kevin Marrs

Is your organization struggling in this new era of full-employment?  According to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco the U.S. is now at full employment.  And while most would look at full employment as a good thing, it does bring with it some challenges.  Notably, a lack of qualified talent and meeting the demand to increase salaries in order to attract and retain talent, to name a few.

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Oct

2018

Trump Administration Making Benefits Easier for Small Businesses

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Last week was a big push by the Trump administration to reduce benefit burdens on small businesses by re-energizing Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) and 401Ks.  These efforts will make an impact towards coverage of small employer employees with both healthcare and 401K access and allow these employers to be more competitive in the war for talent.

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Oct

2018

Paying Employees to Sleep

Author: Kevin Marrs

Looking to take your companies wellness program to the next level?  One Japanese company may have landed on an idea to do just that.  Bloomberg reported that the wedding organizer firm Crazy Inc. is paying its employees to get a good night’s sleep.  Employees who sleep at least six hours a night for at least five nights will be awarded redeemable points for food in the company’s cafeteria.  According to the report, the sleep is tracked by an app made by a...

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Oct

2018

On Demand Pay Apps – A New Tool to Help with Employee Retention

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

With unemployment hitting record lows and the war for talent only getting more intense, employers are constantly on the hunt for ways to increase employee attraction and retention.  As a way for organizations to set themselves apart from other competitors, some employers have rolled out a new benefit called an “on-demand” pay app.  It allows employees to access a portion of the wages they have already earned without having to wait for payday.  Employers that have...

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Sep

2018

Michigan Legislature Passes Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Time Off Legislation – But Not to Support the Causes

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the Michigan Legislature passed two new employment laws. One increases Michigan’s minimum wage to $12.00 over a period of four years, and the other requires Michigan employers to offer paid time-off benefits to employees. The laws were passed in quick order to ensure that these two laws did not go to ballot this November.  Doing so gives the Michigan Legislature power to amend the laws, which the backers of the ballot initiative did not want.

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Sep

2018

How Employers Can Help with the Tech Shortage

Author: Heather Nezich

The White House Administration’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology predicts that by 2020 the U.S. will be short 1 million tech professionals. How can employers do their part to help this growing shortage?

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Sep

2018

U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Issues New Opinion Letters

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and Hour Division issued a set of new Opinion Letters on the following questions:

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Aug

2018

OFCCP Comes Out with New Compensation Analysis Directive

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On Friday August 24th, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued three new directives, the most important being the replacement of Directive 307 which covered how compensation reviews during audits should be conducted (Directive 2018-05).  OFCCP first laid out guidance in 2006 as to how the agency would approach compensation reviews.  It was highly systematic and followed equal opportunity law.  In 2013, the agency issued Directive 307, which laid out a...

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Aug

2018

If You Ask for a Raise, How Likely Are You to Get it?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to a Payscale study of 160,000 employees throughout the country, 37% of employees have asked for raises.  Of those who did, 70% received one.  39% got what they asked for, and 31% got less than what they requested.

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Jul

2018

How Does Michigan’s Proposed Paid Time Off Law Stack Up Against Current Employer PTO Practices?

Author: Michael Burns

A petition campaign has forced the Michigan GOP controlled legislatures to consider legislation that mandates employer Paid Time Off (PTO) benefits or risk sending the law to vote in November. The proposed legislation as drafted in HB 4307 and SB 212 would require Michigan employers, if they do not already provide a PTO benefit, to guarantee all employees one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.  This legislation, if passed, could have a big impact on Michigan...

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Jul

2018

Sheriffs Not Entitled Pay for Donning, Doffing, and Travel to Work

Author: Michael Burns

The Portal to Portal Act (1947) was enacted to clarify hours worked wage issues that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (1938) did not address. The general rule put in place by this amendment was enunciated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision one year prior (1946).  The rule stated that if the employee was engaging in activities that benefit the employer, he or she should be paid for those services regardless of where the work was performed. It also specified that normal travel to and from...

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Jul

2018

Attacks on ACA Could Lead to Higher Employer Healthcare Costs

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A lawsuit by 20 states was filed in federal court in Texas challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in February.  Texas argues that last year’s tax reform law, which stripped the ACA of the individual mandate, made the ACA unconstitutional.   If the individual mandate is stripped away, the Department of Justice (DOJ), agreeing with Texas, argues that two other key parts of Obamacare should fall with it.

10

Jul

2018

What One Company Learned from Testing Mandated Vacation Time

Author: Heather Nezich

American workers took an average of 17.2 days of vacation in 2017, according to new research from Project: Time Off, jumping up nearly a half-day (.4 days) from 2016. This marks the highest level for American vacation usage since 2010 (17.5 days) and a more than full-day increase since bottoming out at 16 days in 2014.  But there is still more room for improvement as many Americans (52%) left vacation time unused in 2017 (down from 54% in 2016). Further, nearly a quarter (24%) of...

12

Jun

2018

A Brief Primer on Social Security Benefits

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Given that 10,000 Baby boomers retire every day, employees may be coming to HR for help determining when to retire and what benefits will be available to them.  They will likely inquire about how Social Security benefits are determined. 

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May

2018

DOL Wage and Hour Publishes Opinion Letters Giving Direction on Three FLSA Issues

Author: Michael Burns

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published three opinion letters earlier this month providing employers guidance on how to treat travel time, break time, and whether lump-sum payments can be garnished and to what extent.

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May

2018

Has the New Tax Law Impacted Workers and Businesses?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In December, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was grudgingly signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017.  Upon passage a number of companies such as AT&T, Apple, Southwest Airlines, and Fifth Third Bank announced bonuses to be paid to employees ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.  Fifth Third Bank also increased its minimum wage to $15 per hour, while Wal-Mart hiked its minimum wage to $11 per hour.

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May

2018

If You Guessed 3%, You’re Right – 2018 Compensation Survey Results

Author: Sara Sosnowski

Last week at the 8th annual Compensation & Benefits Conference, ASE released the long-awaited results of ASE’s 2018 Compensation Survey.  Those in attendance were able to get a first look at the results and historical trends.     

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May

2018

2018 College Graduates are Entering the Market – Know Your Data

Author: Heather Nezich

Employers say they are planning to hire more recent college graduates this year than they have in more than a decade, according to new CareerBuilder research. 80% percent of employers say they plan to hire college graduates this year, up from 74% last year and 58% in 2008. Those who are not hiring college grads say it's because their organization isn't expanding headcount this year (57%) or they need more experienced workers (26%).  How does this compare with ASE’s 2018 Starting...

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May

2018

How to Select the Right Benchmark Survey for Your Organization

Author: Jason Rowe

There are thousands of benchmark surveys available to both employers and their employees that can be utilized when making compensation and benefit decisions. As an employer, choosing the right survey(s) may not always be easy or straightforward. So how do you know which survey is right for you?

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May

2018

Must I Accommodate Overtime When Overtime is a Requirement for the Job?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

At times overtime is required in order to meet customer demand.  An HR issue can arise when an employee presents a doctor’s note stating that the employee can only work eight hours per day and no overtime.  Since ADA or FMLA may apply, how does the employer respond to this situation?

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Apr

2018

HSA Enrollment is Growing…or Is It?

Author: Kevin Marrs

As of January 2017, 52 health insurance providers reported 21.8 million HSA/HDHP enrollees, up from 20.2 million in 2016.  This is according to a recently released survey from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) who also reported a 9.2% increase in enrollment in HSA/HDHP from 2016 to 2017 in an analysis of a constant sample of 45 health plans.

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