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20

Aug

2019

Slayer Laws and ERISA

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), a typical retirement plan describes a participant’s right to designate a beneficiary and provides a default beneficiary when a participant fails to do so or if a beneficiary designation is invalid for any reason.  Given the violence reported today with the seemingly increased workplace shootings and mayhem, would, for example, a 401K of an employee pass on to the designated beneficiary who had killed the...

23

Jul

2019

2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey Results Released

Author: Jason Rowe

How does your organization’s healthcare benefits compare to other Michigan employers? Find out with ASE’s recently released 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey. The annual survey examines the premiums, deductibles, and co-pays of employer-sponsored health plans as well as wellness benefits and cost control strategies.

23

Jul

2019

ABPB – Always Be Promoting Benefits

Author: Michael Burns

Do your employees recognize that benefits and their associated cost are part of their compensation?  Financially, the cost of an employer’s benefit package with group insurance and retirement benefits ranges from 30-40% of direct personnel costs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employer Costs for Employee Compensation puts benefit costs at 31.4% for civilian workers.

9

Jul

2019

DOL Wage and Hour Division Issues Opinion Letters Addressing Overtime and Hours Worked Issues

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published three Opinion Letters on various wage and hour issues. Opinion Letters provide guidance on wage and hour questions but do not bind a court to its position on that question or issue. The three opinion letters address compliance issues surrounding overtime pay in various aspects.

2

Jul

2019

Overtime Pay Calculation – Are you Doing it Correctly?

Author: Michael Burns

At ASE we often get questions from our members about proper overtime pay calculation when different pay plans are at play. To calculate overtime pay for non-exempt hourly employees correctly, one should first determine a few things.

2

Jul

2019

Are the Equal Pay Initiatives What They Seem to Be?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

When the Equal Pay Act (EPA) was passed in 1963, it made it illegal for employers to pay women lower wages than men for equal work on jobs requiring the same skill, effort, and responsibility.  Over the years, these cases were far and few between and difficult to win.  As a result, the previous administration as well as a growing number of blue (Democratic controlled) states have passed more rigorous pay discrimination laws, pushing for pay transparency as a solution for the wage...

11

Jun

2019

Student Loan Help is More Important Than 401k Contributions for Younger Workers

Author: Sara Sosnowski

It seems like a never-ending quest for employers to figure out what young workers are looking for and what they value.  With nearly two million students projected to graduate with degrees this year, they are having to evaluate their employment opportunities and the benefits that they offer.

11

Jun

2019

JP Morgan Chase Settles for $5 Million in Largest Paternity Leave Lawsuit

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

In May 2019, JP Morgan Chase reached a tentative settlement of $5 million dollars to resolve a class action lawsuit alleging the bank’s parental leave policy was biased against dads.  It is the largest recorded settlement in a U.S. parental leave discrimination complaint. 

4

Jun

2019

States Across U.S. Adopt Myriad of Wage and Benefit Laws

Author: Michael Burns

Late last year Michigan passed a minimum wage increase that increased this state’s minimum wage for the next 10 years. It also passed the Paid Medical Leave Act requiring employers with over 50 employees to provide five paid days off.

28

May

2019

Hourly Workers Would Take a Pay Cut in Order to Have a Say in Their Work Schedule

Author: Heather Nezich

According to a recent survey by Shiftboard, what workers want most, even more than increased pay, is more control over their time. The ability to influence their work schedules significantly affects job satisfaction, which can have a significant impact on employee retention.  49% of hourly workers would be willing to take a reasonable pay cut for more control over their schedule.

14

May

2019

Well-being Plans are on the Rise in 2019 and Include Financial Incentives

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent EPTW poll revealed that 64.2% of our readers’ organizations offer a formal wellness or well-being program.  Large employers are expected to spend an average of $3.6 million on wellness plans in 2019 to help create a healthier and more productive workforce, according to recent research from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and Fidelity Investments. The annual Health and Well-Being Survey found that 40% of these budgets will be applied to providing...

14

May

2019

Super salary expectations: Recruiting the Class of 2019

Author: Keisha Ward

When it comes to hiring new graduates, recruiters hold the esteemed responsibility of ushering them into their career – their first “real” job! Welcoming these vessels of potential into the world of employment often means welcoming them to the “real world”. The world of salary bands and minimum ranges.

7

May

2019

Wages are Finally on the Rise – Why did it Take So Long?

Author: Michael Burns

For years economists and others have wondered when wages would start to rise. Economic theory and past labor experience predicts that when unemployment becomes low, pay goes up. The rise in pay is a result of employers being forced pay more in order to attract the reduced amount of workers that are available.

30

Apr

2019

How to Show Employees That They are Valued

Author: Heather Nezich

What is the definition of value? According to Merriam-Webster it is “The monetary worth of something; a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged; relative worth, utility, or importance.”  Are you showing your employees that they are valued?

23

Apr

2019

Summer Interns – To Pay or Not to Pay

Author: Michael Burns

As summer approaches and the colleges empty out, many employers may be gearing up for a new batch of summer interns. Though ASE surveys show many employers pay their interns, some intern positions may be set up as unpaid because the work experience is what counts, right?  The Department of Labor has a seven-part test to determine if an internship should be classified paid or unpaid.

9

Apr

2019

Traditional Benefits Are Not Enough - Employees Want More

Author: Sara Sosnowski

According to MetLife’s 17th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study 2019, 80% of employers agree that benefits play an important role in workplace culture, and 78% say that benefits even help employees to be more productive.  Benefits are also an important factor when it comes to attracting new talent with 6 in 10 employees citing benefits as an important reason why they joined their company.  But if benefits are so important, why are only 67% of employees satisfied with...

9

Apr

2019

Does a Pay Disparity Finding Mean That Pay Discrimination Occurred?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The hottest issue in the EEO area is pay discrimination.  In the news it is often written that women earn approximately 20 cents or more less than a male counterpart.  When it is broken down by race, the disparity grows even larger.  However, does disparity mean discrimination?

12

Mar

2019

More Information on the Proposed Regulation on Exemption Salary Level Test Released

Author: Michael Burns

As reported last week in an ASE breaking news update, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-anticipated changes to its white-collar exemption regulations. The big change was a “split the baby” approach to resolving a regulatory agency overreach by the DOL back in 2016.

8

Mar

2019

U.S. DOL Sets Salary Level Test Threshold at $35,308/yr.

Author: Michael Burns

Late yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor published its new proposed rule raising the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” exemption to $35,308/year or $679/week from $23,660/yr. or $455/week. The salary level test is one of three criteria that must be met to legally exempt an employee from overtime and some recordkeeping requirements.

26

Feb

2019

Can Medicare-for-All be a Viable Solution?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A number of Democratic contenders for president have signed on to the slogan, Medicare-for-All.  But there is confusion as to what it means and how to pay for it. 

19

Feb

2019

Which Unique Benefits are Being Used the Most by Employees?

Author: Heather Nezich

Employers are increasingly broadening their scope of employee benefits to meet the changing demands of the workforce. Telemedicine, employee discount programs, and elder-care resources top the list of most used employee benefits in 2018.

19

Feb

2019

Paid Time off for Parental Leave is on the Rise

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

While Michigan employers are preparing for the new Michigan Paid Sick Leave Act that takes effect on March 29th, another paid leave benefit is on the rise.  Employers offering paid parental leave benefits rose significantly between 2016 and 2018 according to SHRM.  Employers offering paid maternity leave increased from 26% to 35% in 2018, and paid paternity leave increased from 21% to 29% during that same time period.  Paid adoption leave increased from 20% to 28%, foster child...

22

Jan

2019

Fluctuating Workweek Method to Determine Regular Rate of Pay

Author: Michael Burns

Last week’s EPTW article, Keeping up on Your Fair Labor Standards Act Understanding, reviewed the recent Department of Labor Opinion Letter (FLSA 2018-28) outlining a legal method to calculate a regular rate of pay when more than one pay rate is paid to an employee. The Opinion Letter stated an employer may not arbitrarily set a regular rate from two or more pay rates that it uses to calculate overtime from. It must calculate the regular rate by averaging hours worked and the different...

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.

4

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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