24 August 2018

Two Minute Update: Don’t Forget to File Your Vets-4212

Between enjoying the last days of summer and back to school, it can be easy to forget about Veterans Reporting Obligations. But, the time to file your VETS-4212 report is here. Covered federal contractors have an obligation for recordkeeping and reporting under the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act or VEVRRA. VEVRAA requires covered contractors […]

22 August 2018

Political Activity Limitations for 501(c)(3) Organizations: Where Are We Now?

***This article appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Michigan Business Law Journal.*** Changes to political activity limitations for 501(c)(3) organization has been the subject of much debate, particularly over the last two years. The Johnson Amendment and its favorability to charitable organizations have been hotly contested. The Johnson Amend­ment was proposed by Lyndon Johnson […]

24 July 2018

Pursuing Provider Payments in No Fault Cases Post-Covenant

***This article was originally published by the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section in July, 2018*** INTRODUCTION Since 1973, when our Legislature enacted the Michigan No-Fault Act, health care providers could file a lawsuit directly against a no-fault insurer to recover unpaid medical charges. This all changed on May 25, 2017, when the […]

14 June 2018

Michigan HICA Tax Repeal? Signs Point To Yes!

Highlights On June 11, 2018, Governor Snyder signed a series of bills that repeal the Michigan Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) tax.  While all employer-sponsored group health plans benefit from HICA tax repeal, the true winners will be self-funded group health plans and their third-party administrators (TPAs). The HICA tax provides funding for a portion […]

11 June 2018

How Beneficial is the New Paid Leave Tax Credit?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) already requires covered employers to allow eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. But in an effort to encourage employers to offer paid leave, the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 sweetened the deal by promising a tax credit to employers, starting […]

31 May 2018

USCIS Changes Policy on Accruing Unlawful Presence for Students and Exchange Visitors

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a new policy memorandum drastically changing decades of past practice regarding when unlawful presence is accrued for F, M, and J visa holders. These visa types are commonly used to study or teach at United States colleges and universities, attend vocational schools, participate in medical residency […]

18 May 2018

Dell Pays $2.9 Million in OFCCP Case

The OFCCP is continuing its streak of high profile, multi-million dollar settlements.  Earlier this week OFCCP announced that it had resolved an audit with Dell EMC for $2.9 million in back wages and interest.  The OFCCP alleged that Dell EMC paid women and African Americans in various engineering, marketing, sales and manufacturing positions at its […]

17 May 2018

New HSA/HDHP Limits for 2019

The IRS has announced the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts and high deductible health plans for 2019.  The annual contribution limits and HDHP maximum out-of-pocket limits will be increasing.  Below is a summary: *The 2018 family HSA contribution limit was initially set at $6,900. The tax reform legislation enacted in late 2017 changed the […]

11 May 2018

Two Minute Update: How Does OFCCP Select Your Company for an Audit?

Ever wonder how OFCCP selects federal contractors each year for an enforcement audit?  It’s a key issue because an OFCCP audit is typically a several year, time-consuming, and extremely burdensome exercise for HR to deal with. An OFCCP audit is riddled with a minefield of financial risk, since many have resolved for millions of dollars.  […]