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Displaying items tagged: The Employers’ Association

Sunday, 20 November 2022 18:35

As job-seeker’s market persists, West Michigan employers boost wages to stay competitive

Grand Rapids-area employers raised wages by an average of 5.2 percent this year, an amount that exceeds historical norms as companies adjust pay to attract and retain people in a fiercely tight labor market.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 27 March 2022 18:44

People in the news: March 28, 2022

Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for March 28, 2022

Published in Talent
Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:00

Reporter’s Notebook: West Michigan balances lagging wages with regional amenities

If it’s money that matters most when people look for work or to relocate for a new job, then West Michigan may be at a disadvantage in competing for the coveted talent needed to drive economic growth.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 05 December 2021 18:45

Survey: Pay raises grow in a year marked by tight labor market

Employers competing for talent in a tough labor market across the region used larger pay raises in 2021 than in previous years, according to an annual wage and salary survey. 

Published in Finance
Sunday, 11 April 2021 18:00

Trade group looks to extend affordable health plans to craft brewers, distilleries, wineries

health plan that for years has provided coverage for employees at beer and wine wholesalers in Michigan now looks to offer the same benefits to craft brewers, distilleries and wineries across the state, providing a potential lower-cost option to consider.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 28 March 2021 18:30

Experts seek federal guidance as employers offer COVID-19 vaccine incentives

growing number of employers are offering incentives to their workers who opt for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, including with extra paid time off or small cash bonuses.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 14 February 2021 18:30

Rising prescription drug costs likely to be revisited in Lansing

On the surface, the position appears completely counter to what a business organization would typically advocate.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 30 August 2020 17:43

Health Alliance Plan’s West Michigan entry part of broader strategic growth

Health Alliance Plan’s entry into the West Michigan market comes amid a broader strategic push to grow and become a larger statewide player for employee health benefits.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 30 August 2020 17:38

Panel: Employers reluctant to change health policies during pandemic

Even with the economic downturn, uncertainty and high unemployment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, employers still need to look strategically at employee health care benefits to retain and attract talent.

Published in Health Care

Monday, 25 May 2020 14:51

Manufacturers turn to temps to fill new workplace roles

Temporary workers were some of the first people to lose manufacturing jobs when the coronavirus started to spread into the Midwest, and they also filled in the gaps left by the highly contagious virus at essential businesses. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 08 December 2019 16:41

Wage growth keeps pace in West Michigan

Employers across West Michigan granted pay raises this year averaging 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent, according to annual survey data.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 04 August 2019 17:31

Priority Health proposes lower rates for small employers in 2020

Small employers who contract with Priority Health for their employee health benefits could pay slightly less for coverage next year.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 07 July 2019 19:00

Court ruling dashes plans for new AHPs

If a remedy ever comes, The Employers’ Association still wants to offer members an option for employee health coverage.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 06 January 2019 21:09

Business as usual? Manufacturers face questions over drug policies after Michigan legalizes marijuana

Now that all adults in Michigan can legally use marijuana, employers are weighing how the new law — and misunderstandings about it — could affect their workforces.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:30

Employers value culture as key to talent attraction, survey finds

Culture trumps salary in the race for talent nowadays. That’s the shift Dave Smith has seen the last few years among employers in West Michigan as unemployment rates steadily declined and the labor market tightened.

Published in Talent

Saturday, 04 August 2018 15:17

Stability emerges in Michigan’s small group insurance market

Health insurance premiums for many small employers would dip in 2019 under rate proposals filed with state regulators.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:34

Michigan ranked sixth least competitive health insurance market in AMA report

Health coverage from Blue Cross Shield of Michigan maintains a dominant hold in most markets across the state with the exception of Priority Health’s home base.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:34

West Michigan manufacturers use wage increases as talent-retention tool

GRAND RAPIDS — Hourly workers at Micron Manufacturing Co. are making an average of 7 percent more in wages than they were a year ago.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 02 April 2017 16:09

Pace of new hiring activity spells good business for alcohol and drug screening firm

KALAMAZOO — The level of hiring activity and the frequency of job changes for today’s workers has generated steady growth for companies performing alcohol and drug screening.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 30 October 2016 16:00

Blu Perspective brings new model to employee training

ZEELAND — The talent crunch has created a conundrum for many West Michigan manufacturers. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:38

Slow and steady: Most employers budget for moderate pay raises for 2017

Employers plan to stick with moderate pay raises for workers next year and at the same time put more emphasis on one-time payouts and merit bonuses.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 18 September 2016 13:28

West Michigan employers brace for new OT regs

Anew ruling aimed at giving more salaried workers access to overtime pay may have negative consequences for West Michigan companies and could ultimately end up hurting workers, despite the best of intentions. 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 04 September 2016 02:55

Wellness offers employers one way to curb ‘runaway train’ of health care costs

Employers who either want no part of wellness programs or have yet to jump onto the bandwagon remain among the solid majority in West Michigan.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 04 September 2016 02:52

Health coverage costs continue to edge higher for Michigan companies

Small businesses across West Michigan can generally expect to pay moderately more for employee health coverage next year.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 07 August 2016 12:50

As Lansing dithers on LGBT discrimination, feds increase civil rights enforcement

It’s an oft-heard line that you can be fired in Michigan just for being gay.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:17

Priority Health analysis shows wellness leads to cost savings

Employees enrolled in a wellness-based health plan offered by Priority Health cost 12 percent less to insure over a four-year period than those who had standard health coverage.

Published in Health Care
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 16:02

Priority Health analysis shows wellness leads to cost savings

Employees enrolled in a wellness-based health plan offered by Priority Health cost 12 percent less to insure over a four-year period than those who had standard health coverage.

Published in Health Care