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November 1, 2017Data Service Center Holiday Closing Schedule for 2017

Data Service Center will be closed or closing early on the following days:
  • Thursday November 23, 2017 Thanksgiving Day Closed
  • Friday November 24, 2017 Closing at 12:00 pm
  • Monday December 25, 2017 Christmas Day Closed
  • Monday January 1, 2018 New Year's Day Closed
    To ensure that you receive your payroll when needed, please submit it as early as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 419-473-1165.
    More information on Data Service Center's Holiday Closing Schedule as well as information for Fed Ex, USPS & UPS can be found here.

    October 31, 2017Ohio Minimum Wage scheduled to increase to $8.30 January 1, 2018

    Ohio's minimum wage is scheduled to increase on January 1, 2018, to $8.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and to $4.15 per hour for tipped employees. Currently, Ohio's minimum wage is $8.15 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.08 per hour for tipped employees.
    The Constitutional Amendment passed by Ohio voters in November 2006 states that Ohio's minimum wage shall increase on January 1 of each year by the rate of inflation rounded to the nearest 5 cents.

    October 31, 2017Michigan Minimum Wage scheduled to increase to $9.25 January 1, 2018

    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that will increase the minimum hourly wage in step increases to reach $9.25 by 2018. Beginning 2019, increases will be tied to the cost of living.
    Under the new minimum wage law, employers may pay employees under age 20 a training wage of $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of employment.
    Beginning September 1, 2014, the wages of tipped employees will increase from the current rate of $2.65 an hour to 38 percent of the newly established minimum hourly wage rates.
    Effective Date Minimum Wage Tipped Minimum Wage
    September 1, 2014 $ 8.15 $ 3.10
    January 1, 2016 $ 8.50 $ 3.23
    January 1, 2017 $ 8.90 $ 3.38
    January 1, 2018 $ 9.25 $ 3.52

    November 23, 2016Federal court halts DOL pay hike for White Collar Exemption

    On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant granted an injuntion to block the DOL's new rule regarding the increase of the salary wage threshhold before being classified as salary exempt, indefinitely pushing back the December 1 effective date.
    The Department of Labor's rule would have almost doubled the threshold at which executive, administrative and professional employees ("white collar" workers) are exempt from overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.
    More information on the judge's ruling can be found at USA Today at Reuters.

    May 19, 2016DOL updates compensation levels required for White Collar Exemption

    Effective December 1, 2016
    Note: This information in this guide is not intended as legal advice. You should seek specific legal advice before acting with regard to the subjects mentioned herein.
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released a final rule, effective December 1, 2016, updating the regulations governing which executive, administrative, and professional employees ("white collar" workers) are entitled to the minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
    Current Rules
    • The current federal rules provide an exemption from both the FLSA minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for bona fide executive, administrative, and professional employees who meet certain tests regarding their job duties and who are paid on a salary basis at not less than $455 per week ($23,660 per year).
    • "Highly-compensated employees" (HCEs) who are paid total annual compensation of $100,000 or more and meet certain other conditions are also deemed exempt.
    Key Changes
    • The final rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for executive, administrative, and professional workers to be exempt.
    • It raises the salary threshold from $455 a week to $913 per week (or $47,476 annually) for a full-year worker (equal to the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region).
    • It sets the highly-compensated employee (HCE) total annual compensation level equal to the 90th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers nationally ($134,004 annually).
    • It establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation levels every 3 years, beginning on January 1, 2020.
    • It amends the regulations to allow employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses, incentives, and commissions to satisfy up to 10% of the new standard salary level, so long as employers pay those amounts on a quarterly or more frequent basis.
    Note: Job titles never determine exempt status. Receiving a particular salary, alone, does not indicate that an employee is exempt. Rather, in order for a white collar exemption to apply, an employee's specific job duties and earnings must meet all of the applicable requirements provided in the regulations. The DOL is not making any changes to the current job duties tests. Keep in mind that when both the FLSA and a state law apply, the employee is entitled to the most favorable provisions of each law.
    For more information, please refer to the DOL's website on the final rule, which offers employers comprehensive resources including fact sheets, a comparison table of the current and final rules, Q&As, guidance for businesses, and more.

    September 30, 2015Ohio Minimum Wage will not increase in 2016

    The Constitutional Amendment passed by Ohio voters in November 2006 states that Ohio's minimum wage shall increase on January 1 of each year by the rate of inflation. The rate of inflation is the federally determined Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) for urban wage earners and clerical workers for the 12-month period prior to September.
    The national CPI-W index declined 0.3 percent over the twelve month period from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015. Since there was a decrease in the CPI-W index, Ohio minimum wage will remain the same as the previous year.