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Executive Order Addresses Challenges of Modernization and Current Skills Gap Bookmark

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On July 19th, President Trump unveiled a White House effort to address the challenges of modernization and automation, job training, and the current ‘skills gap’. The Executive Order will establish a national council for American workers and a workforce policy advisory board designed to leverage insights on options for education and training in hopes of impacting the professional development.

 

Supreme Court Online Sales Tax Ruling is Likely Not Serious for Associations Bookmark

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The SCOTUS Wayfair vs. South Dakota decision handed down recently means online retailers will be required to collect sales tax from customers in individual states, even if they do not have a physical presence in those states. How does this decision impact associations? If you have a physical product that you are mailing out of state, such as books, you could be subject to sales tax collection and reimbursement.

4 Reasons Your Association Should Track Time Bookmark


Every association is different. But no matter who you are or whom you represent, one thing is for certain: there is lot of work to be done.

Whether it’s managing members, raising funds, contending with new rules and regulations, or delivering quality programs that serve your mission, there is only so much that can be done in a given day, week, or year.

And that’s not when you’re trying to hire new employees or keep existing ones, or reduce overhead costs, or stay up to date with new technology and ways of communicating.

Does this sound stressful? Perhaps a bit. But that’s part of the job — managing people, processes, finances, and beyond.

The most successful associations are efficient, tech-savvy, and skilled at communicating with members, sponsors, and their local (and online) communities.

Another trait these associations share: They track employee time.

American Associations Day Bookmark

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS DAY 2019 | MARCH 28-29 | WASHINGTON D.C.

American Associations Day is the only legislative fly-in where association professionals like you can connect with Congressional offices and share your story on important association issues. This year our issues will be the value of association meetings to the economy and society along with association tax issues.

This unique opportunity allows you, as an association professional, to create connections with policy-makers that will not only advance the association industry, but your own organization as well. Join MSAE and the Michigan association delegation to attend the ASAE Board reception and network with leaders in our field.

How the Tax Bill Will Affect Associations Bookmark

The conferees are working on narrowing the differences between the House and Senate bills passed in recent weeks. Congressional Republicans are still confident they can send a final tax bill to President Trump by the end of the year. Both the Senate and House versions are very workable for associations.

Amicus Brief Filed Regarding Associational Privilege Bookmark

Yesterday MSAE and ten other Michigan-based member organizations jointly filed an Amicus Brief on the case of Tessa Motors, Inc. v. Ruth Johnson, in her official

capacity as Secretary of State and Chief Motor Vehicle Administrator, Bill Schuette, in his official capacity as Attorney General, and Rick Snyder, in his official capacity as Governor. The brief states the importance of the issue of maintaining confidential communications between the members and the organization. Addressed in the brief are three core issues:

Do You Love Working for Your Board?...And if not, what needs to change? Bookmark


I love working for a board. 

 

One of the unique attributes of an association is to have a board that represents members. The CEO/president/executive director has as an element of their scope of work to mentor, advise and care for the board. For some this is a challenge, for others it is a treat.

Association Society Alliance to Honor the Late Shane Yates, CAE, CMP, CMT Bookmark

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The Association Societies Alliance's (ASA) newly approved annual leadership award has been named after and posthumously awarded to the late Shane Yates, CAE, CMP, CTA, former executive director of the Ohio Society of Association Executives (OSAE). This award honors his memory and contributions to the association sector after he unexpectedly passed away this spring.

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.

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