Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law

OVERVIEW On Dec. 14, 2018, Michigan substantially amended its Paid Medical Leave Act (Act), which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees beginning in March 2019. Key changes to the Act include the following: The paid sick leave requirements only apply to employers with 50 or more employees (instead of all employers); … Continue reading Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law

Don’t Shortchange Your Employees’ Financial Literacy

If you think your employees are prepared for retirement, think again. Less than 40 percent of American workers feel like their savings are on track for retirement. In fact, 25 percent have no retirement savings at all, according to the Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. An Education Problem Experts point to low … Continue reading Don’t Shortchange Your Employees’ Financial Literacy

CTE Programs Earn $1.2 Billion in Federal Funding

Career and technical education (CTE) programs earned a huge win in July when President Donald Trump re-enabled a major source of their funding. The bill President Trump signed reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act—last authorized in 2006—and amends the legislation to make its funds more accessible. Noteworthy Program Highlights Grants roughly … Continue reading CTE Programs Earn $1.2 Billion in Federal Funding

IQ or EQ: What’s More Valuable to Your Company?

The smartest person is usually considered the best person for a job, especially when it comes to leadership. However, HR experts argue that traditional intelligence (book smarts) may not be as important as emotional intelligence (people smarts). What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence (EQ, or emotional quotient) can be summed up by a few characteristics: … Continue reading IQ or EQ: What’s More Valuable to Your Company?

Worried About DOL Audits? Get PAID.

Each year, countless employers are subjected to wage and hour audits from the Department of Labor (DOL). Employers want to resolve the situation and pay back wages, but how can they without risking audits or lawsuits? The answer: Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID). PAID is a new pilot program from the DOL—launched in early April—that … Continue reading Worried About DOL Audits? Get PAID.

FLSA Amendment Prohibits Employers from Retaining Tips, Allows Tip Pooling

A 2018 spending bill enacted on March 23, 2018, amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to: Prohibit employers from retaining employees’ tips, regardless of whether the tip credit is used; and Eliminate prior regulations that barred tip pooling when employers pay tipped employees at least the full FLSA minimum wage and do not claim … Continue reading FLSA Amendment Prohibits Employers from Retaining Tips, Allows Tip Pooling

DID YOU KNOW?

At his swearing-in ceremony, new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, stated that bringing the price of prescription drugs down and tackling the opioid crisis are two topics he will focus on. While there are no specifics on how he and President Donald Trump plan to do this, we will … Continue reading DID YOU KNOW?