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ASE’s 2021 Michigan Compensation Survey Shows Employers Remain Conservative

15 June 2021

ASE’s 2021 Michigan Compensation Survey Shows Employers Remain Conservative

Author: Jason Rowe

The impact of the pandemic, and its resulting recession, created many challenges for employers.  While compliance and safety may have taken center stage, employee rewards and wages were also affected by COVID-19.  Data from the most recent ASE compensation survey shows that overall wage growth in Michigan, based on a matched sample of companies (referred to as a constant sample), was just 2.1%.
With Benefit Season Looming, What Benefits do Employees Want Today?

1 June 2021

With Benefit Season Looming, What Benefits do Employees Want Today?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

The post-pandemic world will be a tough one to navigate for HR.  With job openings high, experienced talent spotty, and extreme competition for talent, HR must rethink how to create a sustainable employment brand.  It doesn’t help that post-pandemic job mobility is expected to accelerate.  According to a report by Achievers Workforce Institute, an engagement and performance platform, over half of surveyed employees are planning on getting a new job this year, up from 35%...
The Value of a Comprehensive Total Rewards Strategy

11 May 2021

The Value of a Comprehensive Total Rewards Strategy

Author: Linda Olejniczak

To say things have changed in the workplace is an understatement.  Make sure your benefits and programs have kept up. Here are total rewards trends to consider for your organization this year.

Canada’s New Pay Equity Law

4 May 2021

Canada’s New Pay Equity Law

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In December 2018, the Canadian Parliament passed the Pay Equity Act.   The law establishes proactive pay obligations on employers in the public and private sectors.  Although the law’s effective date is still to be determined, it will be in 2021.  The law will likely impact 18,000 organizations and nearly 1 million employees, according to the Canadian government.
Bereavement Leave Benefit – What’s Trending

20 April 2021

Bereavement Leave Benefit – What’s Trending

Author: Michael Burns

With the reality that the loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult challenges a person will ever face, most employers have provided a bereavement benefit consisting of three days (sometimes more) of pay. The historical purpose for this benefit was so an employee could make funeral arrangements but has not historically provided a lot of time for the personal grieving process.

COBRA Changes Under the American Rescue Plan

13 April 2021

COBRA Changes Under the American Rescue Plan

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Congress has made another avenue of health coverage more accessible by fully subsidizing the cost of COBRA coverage (or the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) from April 1 - September 30, 2021 for individuals who lost their health coverage due to an involuntary termination or a reduction in hours under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

Michigan Unemployment Expansions Expired as of March 31, 2021

6 April 2021

Michigan Unemployment Expansions Expired as of March 31, 2021

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Unemployment requirements are now reverted back to the way it was before the pandemic hit Michigan.  Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing applicable to state unemployment claims established by Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 20-76, and temporarily codified in statute, expired on March 31, 2021. The last week that the flexibilities apply was the week ending March 27, 2021.

Supporting Your Employees in the New Normal

30 March 2021

Supporting Your Employees in the New Normal

Author: Jason Rowe

Its official. We have survived one year of a global pandemic. While the world tries to navigate this new normal, both at home and in the workplace, employers are faced with an ongoing challenge: How to support employees in an ever-changing business environment. In 2021, compensation and flexibility will be a large part of that support.

Pay Equity a Focus of the Biden Administration

23 March 2021

Pay Equity a Focus of the Biden Administration

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Today, March 24, 2021 is Equal Pay Day.  Equal Pay Day denotes how far into the new year women must work to be paid what men were paid the previous year. Started by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996, the goal was to raise awareness about the gender wage gap.  Although there are various analyses of what the gap is, all agree there is a gap.

What Employers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan

16 March 2021

What Employers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Last week Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 and it was signed into law on Friday.  The ARP also extends some of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) provisions that were signed into law on December 27, 2020.  Below are provisions that will impact employers. 

Salary History Bans – Know the Limitations

2 March 2021

Salary History Bans – Know the Limitations

Author: Sheila Hoover

ASE has received many questions regarding the salary history ban many states have enacted recently. A salary history ban prohibits employers from asking applicants about their current or past salaries, benefits, or other compensation.  

Paid Military Leave Required Under USERRA?

2 March 2021

Paid Military Leave Required Under USERRA?

Author: Michael Burns

ASE’s 2019/20 Michigan Policies and Practices Survey reports that although most employers offer all necessary time off to employees that are in the military or national guard, most do not offer any supplemental pay to employees that go on military leave for such activities as annual National Guard training or Army Reserve active duty services.  Based upon a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision handed down at the start of February, this may be about to change.
Paycheck Fairness Act Raising Its Ugly Head Again

9 February 2021

Paycheck Fairness Act Raising Its Ugly Head Again

Author: Anthony Kaylin

On January 28, the Democrats reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7), a bill that did not succeed in the Obama administration, as a way to strengthen the Equal Pay Act (EPA).  According to the sponsors, the Paycheck Fairness Act would end the practice of pay secrecy and strengthen the available remedies for wronged employees.  It is a priority not only for the Democrats in Congress, but a plank in President Biden’s gender equality initiatives.
$15/Hr. Federal Minimum Wage Bill Introduced Last Week. What Else Does It Do?

2 February 2021

$15/Hr. Federal Minimum Wage Bill Introduced Last Week. What Else Does It Do?

Author: Michael Burns

To no one’s surprise, the Democrats re-introduced a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage from 7.25/hr. first set in 2009 up to $15/hr. over four years. This has been a long-time objective of the Democratic Party. With President Biden now in the White House (Executive Branch) and the Democrats holding the majority in the House and also by a thin margin, the Senate (Legislative Branch), this legislation has the best chance of passing in years.

Google Settles Long Running OFCCP Audit

2 February 2021

Google Settles Long Running OFCCP Audit

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In a long running audit of Google by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the two sides came to a settlement agreement just before the administration switched over.  It is an interesting agreement and may hold some implications for future audit settlements.

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