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 […]


12 May 2021

Potential ERISA Fiduciary Duty Issues with BCBSA $2.67 Billion Settlement

Employers that sponsor fully insured group health plans by an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (“BCBSA”) from the period of February 7, 2008 through October 16, 2020, or self-funded group health plans administered by a BCBSA licensee from the period of September 1, 2015 through October 16, 2020 may soon be […]


11 May 2021

Vacc to the Future: Michigan Reaches 55% Vaccinated

Yesterday, May 10, 2021, Governor Whitmer announced that 55% of eligible Michiganders had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This means Michigan will reach Step 1 of the “MI Vacc To Normal” plan on May 24. Reaching Step 1 means in-person work can resume at all businesses in Michigan on May 24th. As […]


11 May 2021

New HSA/HDHP Limits for 2022

The IRS has announced the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts and high deductible health plans for 2022.  The annual contribution limits and HDHP maximum out-of-pocket limits increased.  The additional annual catch-up contribution limit (for account holders age 55 and older) and HDHP minimum deductibles will remain the same.  Below is a summary: If you […]


10 May 2021

$15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors: What’s the Real Deal?

There’s been a lot of press coverage devoted to the recent Executive Order 14026 that requires a $15 minimum wage for employees of certain federal contractors and subcontractors.  Left out of many articles is the fact that this actually applies to very few businesses that have typical contracts to sell goods and services to the […]


07 May 2021

Vacc to the Future Update – May 7, 2021

Last week, Governor Whitmer unveiled a new four step plan called “MI VACC to Normal.” The plan is based on the percentage of eligible Michiganders who have the received their first vaccination. As a reminder, the MDHHS orders limiting things like in person work and restaurant capacity will be lifted as the percentage of vaccinated […]


30 April 2021

Vacc to the Future

Yesterday, Governor Whitmer unveiled a new four step plan called “MI VACC to Normal.” The plan is based on the percentage of eligible Michiganders who have the received their first vaccination. As Michigan progresses through each step, orders limiting things like in person work and restaurant capacity will be lifted: 55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), […]


28 April 2021

SBA Announces May 3 Opening Date for Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Applications

On April 27, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced via press release that it would begin accepting applications for its $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grant program at 12:00pm EDT on Monday, May 3, 2021.  SBA also communicated that prospective RRF grant recipients would be able to register to use the application […]


27 April 2021

EEO-1 Report Filing Portal Now Open

As summarized in our January and March Alerts, the EEOC’s online portal for filing the annual EEO-1 Report is now open for submission of workforce data.  The online filing portal will remain open for 12 weeks, until the deadline of July 19, 2021.  The following are key points for this year’s EEO-1 Report program: Covered […]


23 April 2021

Preparing and Presenting Public Comment: MIOSHA Edition

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has issued a notice that public comment on the draft industry-wide MIOSHA rules related to COVID-19 safety will take place on May 26, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., via Microsoft Teams. To learn more about the MIOSHA rule, you can follow this link: https://ars.apps.lara.state.mi.us/Transaction/RFRTransaction?TransactionID=1285 A direct link to […]