Welcome to 2016!

After ending 2015 with a super enjoyable staycation, your friends here at HRM are ready for 2016.  We especially appreciated those customers who took the time to send us pictures of their fun socks over the holidays. Thanks for sharing!
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Each year, I write about what to expect in the HR world for the upcoming year. This year I’m guaranteed to get my first prediction right – mostly because it has already happened. In case you missed it, the minimum wage in Michigan went up to $8.50 per hour as of January 1st.  This also means that we need to update our Michigan minimum wage postings.  You can get a free copy of the new posting here.
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Since 2016 is a presidential election year, we’re not expecting to see a lot of legislative action on employment law topics at the federal level. We do expect to see some activities at other levels, including:
  • The EEOC will continue to expand their interpretation of Title VII as it relates to same sex and gender identity discrimination cases.  They have already broadened the definition considerably and we expect that to continue as employers attempt to navigate this new minefield.
  • In Michigan, protections for gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals will be a hot topic as a new petition for a ballot initiative to amend Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act has been introduced.  A similar ballot initiative occurred last year in Texas that ignited a lot of passionate debate before being voted down.  It will be interesting to see where the Michigan version goes.
  • The new Department of Labor overtime rules will go into effect in July.  While not completely finalized, the new minimum salary for an exempt level employee is expected go up to approximately $50,440 per year.  More on this when the final regulations are published.

This year I’m pleased to report that I’m able to provide this update without a single complaint about the winter weather.  While I doubt that we will see palm trees in Michigan any time soon, the weather has been nice enough to show off your Fun Socks.  If you haven’t sent us a photo yet, there’s still time.

We’re looking forward to an incredible 2016!
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