Entries by Lora Wild

Expanded Online Sales Tax Moves Out Of House Committee For First Time

Amazon, eBay, Walmart, and other major online retailers must collect Michigan sales tax from third-party retailers who sell goods and services off their websites to Michigan customers, under a four bill package that moved out of the House Tax Policy Committee Wednesday morning. The expansion of Michigan’s online sales tax law to include Mike’s Sporting […]

House Dems Funding Plan Pushes Pass-Through Parity Tax

House Democrats Thursday rolled out four alternative road funding bills that increase the 6% Corporate Income Tax another 2.5%, raise fees on heavy trucks and make pension income exempt from the income tax, and implements a flow-through parity tax of 4.25%. The four bills also create a Rhode Island-style bridge toll program for trucks, which fits […]

Have A $900M Hole To Fill? Sales Taxes On Services Floated

With House Republicans proposing a rollback on the sales tax on gasoline as part of their road funding plan, schools and local governments are probably wondering how lawmakers would make up the roughly $900 million in revenue lost as a result. One potential source: Expand the state sales tax to services, which would yield $10.7 […]

Nessel Pledges June Action On Line 5 If Gov Can’t Reach Deal

Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a series of interviews that she would take action to decommission Line 5 “in the month of June” if talks between Enbridge and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer don’t go anywhere. Nessel said that at the Governor’s request, she gave Whitmer and Enbridge time to work out a deal that could involve a […]

Legislative & Regulatory Updates

Over the past month, there was a court ruling as well as a new Department of Labor (DOL) statement regarding association health plans (AHP). TranscendAHP is in full compliance with the Department of Labor (DOL) regulations, however on March 28, 2019, a federal court ruling stated that AHPs are not in compliance with ERISA standards. […]

Summer hours programs on the rise

By Kristen Cifolelli, American Society of Employers While the weather recently hasn’t exactly been warm, Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner and it marks the unofficial start of summer.  As the rain will eventually (we hope) start to let up, the attention of many employees will turn to thoughts of getting outdoors, spending […]

Traditional benefits are not enough – employees want more

By Sara Sosnowski, American Society of Employers According to MetLife’s 17th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study 2019, 80% of employers agree that benefits play an important role in workplace culture, and 78% say that benefits even help employees to be more productive.  Benefits are also an important factor when it comes to attracting new […]

Workplace flexibility on the rise

By Jason Rowe, American Society of Employers Michigan employers see value in providing their employees flexible work arrangements, with two-thirds offering some form of the benefit. Over half of employers market their flexibility arrangements as an employee benefit to attract new talent, as is shown in ASE’s recently released Workplace Flexibility Survey.  This is the […]