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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. 

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.

Is Your Employment Handbook Up-to-Date? Bookmark



 

An employment handbook is a critical tool for communicating to employees. It provides employees one place to get everything they need to know about their employment. By clearly laying out what the organization expects of them as well as what they can expect from the organization, it lays the groundwork for an open, positive work relationship.


10 Event Trends for 2016 Bookmark


What trends will have an impact on your event in 2016?
2016 is #backtotech. The first piece of news is that 2016 will be about event technology, more than ever before. As the event tech market expands, attendees grow tired of usual concepts, and more event professionals see a direct link between the use of technology and better engagement. EventMb said that in July: 94% of event professionals will invest in technology to increase engagement at events.

Grab a copy of EventMB's report and view their presentation.

New tax forms may hit your desk Bookmark


New Tax Forms May Hit Your Desk
As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some taxpayers will receive unfamiliar tax forms at the beginning of 2016. Forms 1095-A, 1095-B and1095-C ask for information about the health coverage you offered in 2015. In addition, some employees may receive forms regarding their health coverage. Form 1095-A will be sent to individuals enrolled through the Marketplace. Form 1095-C is for employers of more than 50 employees. Form 1095-B is for those employees not covered in either of the above forms.
Click here for information on these new forms, including who should expect to receive them and what to do with them.

HR Tidbit Bookmark


HR Tidbit
Did you know there are more than a dozen employment law notices that are required to be posted at the worksites of most Michigan employers?

The January 1st increase of Michigan's minimum wage serves as a reminder of the requirement to hang the current Michigan Workforce Opportunity Wage Act poster. Now's a great time to ensure all your employment posters are up to date and in the correct location.

Need help tackling this project?

You can contact Jodi Wehling at People Matters, MSAE's preferred partner for HR services at 517-925-8257 or jodi@people-mattershr.com.

IRS Drops Proposal For Nonprofits To Collect SSNS Bookmark

IRS drops proposal for nonprofits to collect SSNS

IRS Drops Proposal For Nonprofits To Collect SSNS
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced this week that it is withdrawing the proposed rulemaking of giving the option to nonprofit organizations of substantiating contributions of $250 or more by collecting and reporting donors' Social Security numbers to the IRS.

BCBSM and BCN 2016 Tax & Fee Changes Bookmark

Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network Group Invoices 

Updated for 2016 Taxes and Fees Changes

BCBSM and BCN are changing the way the group invoices display taxes and fees. Previously, certain federal and state taxes and fees were displayed separately from the premium, though they have always been part of the total premium charged. As of the group’s 2016 renewal, group invoices will no longer show these amounts separately.

DOL Expected TO FINALIZE OVERTIME RULE IN MID-2016 Bookmark

Dol expected to finalize overtime rule in mid-2016

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DOL Expected TO FINALIZE OVERTIME RULE IN MID-2016
MSAE is closely monitoring when the Department of Labor might release its final overtime rule. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has estimated that a final rule could come out as soon as July 2016.

The DOL released a proposed rule this summer that would more than double the salary threshold for overtime eligibility to $50,440 per year (up from $23,660). 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.

MSAE, along with 250,000 other organizations, submitted comments on the proposed rule to DOL this past summer. The DOL is still reviewing comments and has yet to suggest what changes, if any, might be made to the final rule. MSAE's letter can be viewed here.

Strategic Thinking Institute Presents Rich Horwath Bookmark

Strategic thinking institute presents rich horwath
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Strategic Thinking Institute Presents Rich Horwath
CAE at the Masters, sponsored by MSAE and Putting Promotions, presents Rich Horwath, noted author and founder and CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, to share the three disciplines of advanced strategic thinking for association professionals in relationship to the world of golf during Masters week, April 3-5, 2016.

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