14 October 2021

OSHA Sends Employer Vaccine Rule to the White House for Review

Yesterday, OSHA sent the Employer Vaccine Rule to the White House (Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”)) for review. As explained in our September 10 client alert and our September 13 webinar, the rule is an emergency temporary standard requiring private employers with more than 100 employees to implement vaccine mandates or testing. Sending […]


30 September 2021

Tax Reform on the Horizon May Impact Estate Planning

Congress has been active this year in its efforts with tax reform.  This past spring, several key bills were proposed that impact the estate planning arena.  Two bills in particular—the Sensible Taxation and Equity Promotion (STEP) Act and the For the 99.5% Act—seek to, among other things, significantly reduce federal transfer tax exemptions, increase transfer […]


27 September 2021

Guidance for Federal Contractor Compliance With COVID-19 Executive Order

On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042:  Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (“Order”). As anticipated, last Friday the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued Guidance implementing the Order. The 14-page Guidance includes definitions, description of the specific requirements contractors must undertake, and a list of FAQs. Vaccination / Masking Requirement The Guidance […]


15 September 2021

COVID-19 Home Test Kits and PPE Eligible for Health FSA, HSA, and HRA Reimbursement

On September 10, 2021, the IRS reminded taxpayers that amounts paid for COVID-19 home test kits are eligible to be paid or reimbursed under health flexible spending arrangements (“Health FSAs”), health savings accounts (“HSAs”), health reimbursement arrangements (“HRAs”), and Archer medical savings accounts (“Archer MSAs”).  This is because the purchase of COVID-19 home test kits […]


10 September 2021

New Vaccine Mandates and Your Workplace: What We Know & What We’re Working to Find Out

Yesterday the White House announced several new significant initiatives to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  Most notably, the Biden administration directed the Department of Labor to develop an emergency rule that will require all employers with 100 or more workers to ensure that their workforce is either fully vaccinated or undergoes weekly testing, and that employers […]


26 August 2021

Michigan Extends Clean Slate Laws to Include Drunk Driving Convictions

Governor Whitmer signed House Bills 4219 and 4220 into law on August 23, 2021. These bills amend the Clean Slate laws passed in October of 2020 and allow for expungement of convictions for first time offenders of operating while intoxicated (OWI) under certain circumstances. Under these amendments, non-repeat OWI offenders may utilize the Clean Slate […]


23 August 2021

Nearing the Finish Line, Upcoming Notice Deadline for COBRA Subsidies

The COBRA subsidy period under the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) is nearing its end.  Under ARPA, an assistance eligible individual (“AEI”), which is a COBRA qualified beneficiary who becomes eligible for COBRA due to a reduction in hours or involuntary termination of employment, may be eligible for a COBRA subsidy equal to the entire […]


19 August 2021

October 25, 2021 New and Final 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 […]


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 […]