Legislative News
Help ABI raise $50,000 before tonight's deadline
The next campaign finance reporting deadline for candidates and political action committees, PACs, is approaching quickly. Contributions need to be made today to be included on the next report.  ABI needs to raise $10,000 to reach $50,000 and make it two-thirds of the way to our goal for the year. Will you donate $50 today to help us reach $50,000? These contributions are critical to our ability to elect pro-business candidates to the Iowa Legislature this November. Click here    to make your $50 contribution now.

Register for upcoming policy committee meetings
ABI public policy meetings are a way to engage in the issues that are important to you and your employees, and to help establish ABI legislative priorities. Please,  click here  to register for one of the five committees focused on different business issues. The ABI Board of Directors will act on the recommendations of these committees at its September board meeting.

ABI participates in IWD committee on minority employment
ABI participated on Monday as a key stakeholder in an Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) meeting convened by IWD Director Beth Townsend about ways to address minority unemployment, connecting minority communities to available jobs, increasing diversity in the workplace and bridging the skills gap. Keep reading...

Learn about DOL rule changes at July 28 meeting
An event highlighting the impact of recent federal overtime rule changes on employers will take place in Marshalltown, July 28. The U.S. Chamber's Executive Director of Labor Law Policy Marc Freedman will speak at the luncheon at the Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., to discuss the Department of Labor's recent rule changes to overtime requirements and answer questions from attendees. The cost is $15 dollars. Contact Lynn Olberding,  lolberding@marshalltown.org,  to register.

ABI testifies at ARRC in support of antidegradation rule
On Tuesday, ABI public policy director Jessica Harder spoke in favor of antidegradation rule changes at the Administrative Rules Review Committee ()ARRC) meeting, to clarify the antidegradation procedure after a court decision made the rule unclear and potentially burdensome and expensive for members. Keep reading...

National Governors Association meets in Iowa
Twenty-seven governors from across the U.S. converged on Des Moines this week for the National Governors Association summer meeting.  ABI is proud to sponsor this event and welcome political leaders to Iowa. Keep reading...

Federal Spotlight: NAM files suit to block OSHA's workplace injury and illness rule
The National Association of Manufacturers filed a lawsuit Friday blocking new requirements issued by the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, "for manufacturers to report all workplace injuries and illnesses." Linda Kelly, senior vice president and general counsel for The National Association of Manufacturers, said. Keep reading...
Nominate Legends in Manufacturing
Elevate Advanced Manufacturing is accepting nominations for its Legends in Manufacturing awards, which recognize key leaders and champions of this important industry. Award winners will be recognized at a dinner on Oct. 3 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona.

The awards will recognize five outstanding leaders in manufacturing, including individuals who have served as key leaders within a company and individuals or organizations not directly engaged in manufacturing but who support the industry as a whole. Click here to learn more and submit an application. Mark your calendars now to attend the Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner on Oct. 3 and the Advanced Manufacturing Conference on Oct. 4.
From the Desk of...
Payroll updates and how they impact your business

Adam Tillman | CPA, Assurance Partner

Years ago, handling payroll for a business was relatively simple-you would write a pay check and submit the tax withholdings. No problem. Unfortunately the number of rules and regulations being mandated continues to increase and we're here to tell you there is no end in sight. Below is a short update on some of the changes that may affect you and your company in 2016: 
Family Labor Standards Act - FLSA:
Employment attorneys across the country are warning the Department of Labor's final overtime exemption rule will likely be finalized in May of 2016. Keep reading...
Top News
Hargens: Manufacturing builds toward a brighter future for Iowa  (Des Moines Iowa)
ABI board member Roger Hargens of Accumold explains the important role manufacturers play in Iowa's economic vitality.

ABI highlighted in interview on WHO's Saturday Morning Live  (WHO Radio)
ABI communications coordinator Emily Schettler visited Saturday Morning Live to discuss programming, members and challenging facing Iowa businesses.

Elevate campaign profiled on Insight on Business radio show  (Insight on Business)
ABI board member Michele Farrell and Alex Monaghan of Elevate Advanced Manufacturing discussed the latest Elevate activity and the Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner.

Nicholas Webb to keynote CEC's Business Technology Conference (CEC)
Webb will discuss the Internet of Things and how being connected will change the way you think, work and manage your organization. The event is Oct. 1.

hrsimple.com to host webinar July 21 on DOL rule changes (hrsimple.com)
The webinar will cover new DOL regulations, regular rate, bonuses, overtime and exempt vs. non exempt employees.

Upcoming programs to highlight Iowa's Untapped Workforce (U.S. Attorney's Office)
Workshops in Cedar Falls, Fort Dodge and Sioux City will provide a roadmap for second chance hiring.
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