12 August 2019

NLRB Seeks to Revamp Union Election Rules

On Friday, August 9, the National Labor Relations Board released proposed changes to the existing rules governing union elections.  In 2014, the NLRB had enacted several changes to union election procedures that were sometimes referred to as the “quickie” or “ambush” election rules.  The newly proposed changes would walk back several parts of the 2014 […]

25 July 2019

New HRA Rules Provide Employers of All Sizes with Additional Benefit Options

Highlights The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury (collectively, the Departments) recently issued a final rule that allows employers to reimburse employees for premiums of individual health insurance policies, and allows employers to offer a Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs)to employees, regardless of whether an employee is also enrolled in a traditional […]

23 July 2019

IRS Alleviates Chronic Conditions for HDHPs (and Hopefully Participants Too)!

Highlights Effective as of July 17, 2019, the IRS expanded the list of preventive care benefits permitted to be covered by a qualified high deductible health plan (“HDHP”) before the minimum deductible is satisfied. IRS Notice 2019-45 lists fourteen different types of preventive care items and services now permitted to be covered by a HDHP […]

23 July 2019

Proposed Regulations Would Roll Back Portions of the ACA Nondiscrimination Rules

In previous Client Alerts (Transgender Health Benefits May be Required Under New Guidance, New ACA Nondiscrimination Requirements Don’t Discriminate in Their Applicability:  Are You Covered? and Court Blocks Requirement to Provide Coverage of Transgender Health Benefits) we explained the requirements of the ACA Section 1557 nondiscrimination regulations and a court order to block enforcement of […]

03 July 2019

Landmark changes to Michigan’s no fault law

***This article originally appeared on www.grbj.com, Grand Rapids Business Journal’s website.*** Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed bipartisan legislation enacting sweeping changes to Michigan’s 45-year-old no fault act. The legislation would “guarantee lower rates for every Michigan driver, protect insurance coverage options and strengthen consumer protections,” according to the governor’s office. Which begs the question, does […]

20 June 2019

OFCCP Compliance Checks: A “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” Returns

***This article originally appeared on The OFCCP Digest on June 18, 2019.*** The Trump Administration’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and its Director, Craig Leen, have recently resurrected the Compliance Check – what’s known in some circles as a compliance evaluation “light.” A Compliance Check is a tool that OFCCP asserts it will […]

30 May 2019

New HSA / HDHP Limits for 2020

The IRS has announced the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts and high deductible health plans for 2020. The annual contribution limits, HDHP minimum deductibles, and HDHP maximum out-of-pocket limits will be increasing. Below is a summary: If you have any questions regarding HSAs or high deductible health plans or the new limits, please contact […]

29 May 2019

Self-Funded Employer Group Health Plans: Michigan’s New No-Fault Law Requires Action

Employers sponsoring self-funded group health plans with Michigan employees must re-examine their coordination of benefit rules as a result of the new Michigan no-fault reform legislation.  And, regardless of whether design changes are made, the law will require employers to educate employees as to their new coverage options and how to make sure they don’t […]

10 May 2019

Contractors Performing Highway, Road, Airport or Bridge Construction Work in Michigan Should Be Careful When Executing Subcontracting Agreements

In the aftermath of a labor dispute impacting road construction in Michigan, the Michigan Union Contractors Group (MUCG), a new group of unionized road contractors in Michigan, signed a new labor agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324.  That new labor deal may have significant impact on both union and non-union contractors […]

01 May 2019

Federal Department of Labor Decides Workers in “Gig Economy” are Independent Contractors, Not Employees

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its reversal of an Obama-era policy regarding “gig” workers, signaling that the DOL may be returning to a more permissive stance regarding the classification of workers as independent contractors. Under the Obama administration, the DOL issued guidance stating that most workers who were treated as independent […]