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The Value of Recognition Bookmark


Everyone likes a thank you, especially for a job well done whether it is a project, a campaign, or a career. That is why the awards program is so special. Within our industry we are able to recognize the best projects or initiatives, and leaders.

Association IMPACT Magazine May/June 16 Bookmark



In this issue, Denise Sloan, executive director,Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, shares how her association is helping their members lead the effort to mitigate the impact of lead poisoning on the children and families of Flint...

United States Department of Labor Raises Salary Thresholds for Overtime Exemptions Bookmark

On May 17, 2016, the White House and the United States Department of Labor announced the finalization of the long-anticipated rule increasing the salary thresholds for most employees who currently are exempt from overtime pay.  The new threshold, which goes into effect on December 1, 2016, increases the minimum salary for full-time exempt employees from $455 per week to $913 per week ($47,476 per year).  Under the final rule, the new salary threshold will be adjusted for inflation every three years, beginning January 1, 2020. 

Changes to the Michigan Campaign Finance Act Bookmark


(Summarized from an article Originally in DOME magazine)
Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 571-creating Public Act 269-on January 6, 2016, making this the second time in a little over two years that the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) rules for political committees have been changed. Among the changes there were several that impact political committee filing dates, rules for the administration of Separate Segregated Funds and Candidate Committee debt payments.

Association IMPACT Magazine Mar/Apr Bookmark




The Internship Issue explores how to start an internship program, where to find interns in Michigan and what interns bring to the office. In addition, the influence associations have on advocacy, seven CEO survival tips and holding yourself accountable are discussed.

Nonprofits Would be impacted by Overtime Rule Bookmark

Many organizations across the country, including associations, are preparing for a surge in personnel costs as they prepare for the Obama administration’s overhaul to the Department of Labor Overtime Rule. According to a letter from the Congress to the Secretary of Labor, the Labor Department's proposal, due to be released in final form in July, would more than double the salary threshold to $50,440 per year, up from $23,660. With implementation of this rule, about five million workers would become newly eligible for overtime pay. In addition, the minimum salary would automatically increase each year to match the 40th percentile of the average salary earned by full-time employees in the United States. 

Cheryl Ronk Honored with ASAE's First Association Political Leadership Award Bookmark


On Wednesday, March 9th, MSAE President Cheryl Ronk will be honored with ASAE's first ever Association Political Leadership Award at American Associations Day. The award will be presented by John H. Graham IV, president and CEO of The Center for Association Leadership. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.

Association IMPACT February 2016 Bookmark

Association IMPACT Magazine February 2016

The February 2016 issue delves into the question of accountability. It also shines a spotlight on member properties who have made renovations in the last year. In addition, it also features: the return of "Message from the President" and how to achieve member engagement through advocacy. 

Congress Pushes Back on DOL's Overtime Rule Bookmark

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Over 100 members of Congress sent a letter to Labor Secretary Tom Perez this week expressing concern with the Administration's efforts to finalize a new rule this year that would more than double the salary threshold to determine who is eligible for overtime pay. Among the members of Congress were Dan Benishek, Mike Bishop, Bill Huizenga, and Dave Trott.

The Department of Labor released a proposed rule last summer that would require employers to pay overtime wages to employees making $50,440 or less per year, which would be a 113 percent increase over the current threshold.  

Numerous organizations, including MSAE, submitted comments on the proposed rule to DOL last year. MSAE reported that the the new rule would adversely affect many nonprofit organizations. To contain payroll costs from increased overtime obligations, employers would have to either lay off employees or exclude reclassified employees from telework and career growth opportunities outside of core business hours.

Governor Snyder Keynotes MSAE's Legislative Public Policy Conference Bookmark

Plan now to attend this important event on February 16, 2016, and invite your members as well.
For the third year in a row, Governor Rick Snyder will kick off MSAE’s Legislative and Public Policy Conference, the premier and most provocative legislative and public policy conference in Lansing. The conference is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol.

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