02 August 2021

IRS Takes Second Bite Into COBRA Subsidy Questions Under ARPA

On July 26, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-46, which provides additional guidance in the form of 11 new questions and answers about the COBRA subsidies under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”).  Notice 2021-46 expands on guidance in the previously issued Notice 2021-31 (see our previous client alert here). Under ARPA, an […]

28 June 2021

August 23, 2021: New EEO-1 Filing Deadline

An EEO-1 Report must be submitted by all private sector employers with at least 100 employees, federal contractors with 50 or more employees, and a comparable report by certain types of public employers.  Now known as EEO-1 Component 1, this data submission has been required for over 50 years. Earlier this year, the EEOC had […]

22 June 2021

MIOSHA COVID-19 Emergency Rule Changes

Today, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) rescinded the COVID-19 Emergency Rules that have been in place and applicable to Michigan workplaces since October 2020, and issued a new COVID-19 Emergency Rule that aligns with Federal OSHA’s recent Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) applicable only to certain health care settings. The updated MIOSHA Emergency […]

17 June 2021

Gov. Whitmer Announces MDHHS Order Updates

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced an accelerated end to several MDHHS COVID-19 Orders. Effective Tuesday, June 22, 2021, MDHHS’s June 1st Gatherings and Mask Order will be rescinded. This means that indoor and outdoor capacity restrictions will be removed, and MDHHS will no longer require residents to wear a face mask during indoor gatherings. In […]

28 May 2021

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance Regarding Vaccinations and Vaccine Incentives

On Friday, May 28, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its COVID-19 Question and Answer page to address a number of questions related to COVID-19 vaccinations.  Regarding whether employers can mandate vaccinations, the EEOC addressed the question of whether employers can require employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The EEOC’s guidance on the topic of […]

26 May 2021

IRS Bites Into COBRA Subsidy Questions Under ARPA

On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-31, which provides guidance in the form of 86 questions and answers related to the COBRA subsidies under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”).  Under ARPA, an assistance eligible individual (“AEI”), which is a COBRA qualified beneficiary (“COBRA QB”) who becomes eligible for COBRA due […]

25 May 2021

New MIOSHA Rules: What’s In, What’s Out, What’s Next?

Following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced yesterday that the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration has made important changes to its COVID-19 emergency workplace rules, effective immediately. MIOSHA has withdrawn the draft permanent rules concerning COVID-19 and cancelled its public hearing on the rules, previously scheduled for May […]

24 May 2021

MIOSHA Updates Emergency Rules and Draft Permanent Rules for COVID-19

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced amendments to emergency rules and draft permanent rules for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, as promulgated by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). The new emergency rules take effect today, and will remain in effect until October 14, 2021. The draft permanent rules have been […]

18 May 2021

MIOSHA Announcement Regarding Mask Requirements After Latest CDC Guidance and MDHHS Order

MIOSHA updated their website late Monday with a statement to clarify that they will not enforce the face mask requirements in their current Emergency Rules against employers who are otherwise in compliance with the most recent MDHHS Epidemic Order that was effective Saturday, May 15.  Here is what MIOSHA had to say: MIOSHA will soon […]

14 May 2021

Vacc to the Future Update – May 14, 2021

As of Thursday, May 13, 2021, 4,504,003 or 55.6% of eligible Michiganders have received their first dose. The rate of vaccination in Michigan slowed in the last week of April and that trend has continued into May with 120,171 Michiganders receiving their first dose last week. Today, Governor Whitmer issued a press release announcing planned […]