24 September 2019

Here We Go Again – DOL Releases New Rules Increasing the Salary Threshold for White-Collar Exemptions

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule increasing the salary threshold for employees to qualify for the “white-collar” exemptions from overtime pay (i.e., Executive, Administrative, and Professional exemptions).  The DOL set the new salary minimum at $684 per week, or $35,568 per year.  The annual salary threshold for “highly compensated employees” was […]


12 September 2019

EEO-1 Component 2: On Its Way Out After 2019?

Yesterday, September 11, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a new Notice of Information Collection regarding the EEO-1 Report.  This new Notice includes an updated burden analysis from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) related to compilation and production of requested EEO-1 data. EEOC states that the decades-old Component 1 race and […]


11 September 2019

NLRB Makes It Easier for Unionized Employers to Implement Operational Changes Mid-Contract Without Bargaining

Yesterday, September, 10, unionized employers won a significant victory before the NLRB.  Following the Board’s September 10 decision in MV Transportation, Inc., all unionized employers with collective bargaining agreements will enjoy more operational flexibility and can have a greater degree of confidence in their ability to exercise their management rights (and other contractual rights) to […]


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 […]