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 […]

09 April 2021

DOL Releases Model Notices and FAQs Related to Full COBRA Premium Subsidies

Employers sponsoring group health plans that are subject to COBRA now have access to model notices and guidance from the Department of Labor (“DOL”) related to the full COBRA premium subsidy provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”).  On April 7, 2021, the DOL released model notices and frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) […]

29 March 2021

I’ll Take a Mask and a Tax Benefit, Please

Amounts paid for face masks and other personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are now eligible to be paid or reimbursed under health flexible spending arrangements (“Health FSAs”), Archer medical savings accounts (“Archer MSAs”), health reimbursement arrangements (“HRAs”), and health savings accounts (“HSAs”).  On March 26, 2021, the IRS issued Announcement 2021-7, […]

19 March 2021

The Latest COVID-19 Vaccine News for the Week of March 19

Thanks to those who were able to join us this week for our webinars addressing the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Please join us again on Monday for our ongoing weekly series for the latest COVID-19 related news. Latest Vaccine News Recent data from Israel shows the Pfizer vaccine is 94% effective at preventing […]

19 March 2021

MDHHS Rescinds March 2, 2021 Guidance on Visitation and Testing at Residential Care Facilities

Effective immediately, MDHHS has rescinded its March 2, 2021 guidance on visitation to residential care facilities. In its place, MDHHS has instructed that residential care facilities shall follow the guidance provided by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidance at: QSO-20-39-NH.  The CMS guidance encourages residential care facilities to offer visitation to its visitors consistent […]