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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.

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.

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.

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