Legislative News
ABI Board Approves 2019 Policies and Priorities
The ABI Board on Wednesday approved the 2019 policies. The policies and priorities for the association in 2019 will be focused on "Building on the Best." Highlights of the priorities include support of Future Ready Iowa, broadband, workforce housing and changes to the unemployment insurance system. The ABI public policy team will be working to get the materials to print and available for ABI members at the annual ABI Legislative Briefing and Reception on January 16, 2019.
Unemployment Tax Tables Unchanged for 2019
Iowa Workforce Development announced last week the unemployment tax rate table for eligible employers will remain the same going into 2019. Iowa is currently in Table 7 out of 8 possible tables, which means we are in the second most favorable position and will remain so for next year. Iowa law requires that IWD establish the tax table to determine the unemployment tax rate for eligible employers each year. A strong economy and low unemployment rates are significant indicators of what kind of tax table Iowa employers will be in. You can read the full press release here .   
First ABI Election Update -- Monday, September 17
The first ABI Election Update will be in your inbox if you have subscribed by Monday, September 17. The focus of the first edition will be on Employee Voter Registration Week resources and highlights of two upcoming legislative races. Click here if you haven't yet subscribed and are interested in receiving more information.
60-Day GOTV Challenge
Last week marked 60 days until the November election. Thank you to those who participated in our 60 Days, $60 IIPAC Challenge. In addition to the IIPAC challenge, we encourage you to take the 60-Day GOTV Challenge. We have sample messaging for you to send to your employees, graphics and even social media messaging to help educate employees and the public about voting in November. Contact Nicole Crain for access to the resources. Many races will be decided by a few hundred votes or less. BIPAC has put together a video for you to share with others about the importance of every vote.

Federal Spotlight: Department of Labor Listening Sessions on Overtime Rule
In 2016, ABI commented to the U.S. Department of Labor in opposition to the proposed overtime rules. In 2017, a federal judge invalidated the rule. Now, the Department of Labor is holding listening sessions on a proposed revision to the regulations. As we know, wages vary across geographic regions and industries, and the initial rule was detrimental to Iowa businesses. There are no listening sessions scheduled in Iowa at this time. However, you can see the type of information the DOL is looking to receive here .  
Advanced Manufacturing Events
Join Us at Iowa's Largest Celebration of Advanced Manufacturing
The Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner (October 2) and Advanced Manufacturing Conference (October 3) are less than three weeks away.  Honor the past, present and future of advanced manufacturing in Iowa at the awards dinner. Then connect with colleagues, engage with experts and gain valuable ideas and best practices at the conference. Register today.
From the Desk of...
12 Things Every CEO (and Employee) Needs to Know About Compensation and Benefits

Natalie Hoffmann, CPA.CITP
Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C.

In a competitive talent landscape, employers should be mindful of their total compensation and benefits programs and packages to attract the high-level, skilled talent they seek. Understanding what employees expect and what your organization can deliver, and then building packages accordingly, will go a long way in winning the war for talent.

How employees are reimbursed for the work they do is a combination of compensation and benefits received. Compensation goes beyond hourly or salary rate, and can encompass benefits such as health insurance, 401(k) plans and matches, employee stock ownership programs (ESOPs), health incentives, bonus programs, education reimbursements, and proprietary benefits developed for a specific company or team. All of these combined account for a compensation package.

But what should CEOs actually be offering in the ever-changing employment world of 2018? And what should employees expect? Keep reading.
Top News
International Finance for Sales Practical Seminar on September 19
The Greater Des Moines Partnership and Bankers Trust will host an International Finance for Sales Practical Seminar on September 19, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at 700 Locust St., Suite 100, in Des Moines. Registration is $25. The seminar will be a large roundtable where participants will be able to fully engage and share in discussion about practical applications of using financing to grow sales. A large focus of the event will be strategy, new ideas and going local with finance solutions and how to blend these with solutions in the U.S. for exports. Learn more and register.
McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C. Promotes Wendy Moran to Partner
McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C., a certified public accounting and professional services firm, recently announced the promotion of Wendy Moran, CPA from director to partner overseeing assurance within the company. She assumed the role earlier last month and will continue to work from the firm's West Des Moines office location.  Read the news release.
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