02 November 2018

IRS Announces 2019 Annual Limits on Various Employee Benefits

The IRS recently released inflation-adjusted limitations that apply to various employee benefits in 2019. Social Security Taxable Wage Base for 2019 The Social Security Administration recently announced that the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax is $132,900, which is an increase of $4,500 from 2018. Retirement Plan Dollar Limitations for 2019 The […]

10 September 2018

Two Minute Update: Pay It Again, Uncle Sam – OFCCP Compensation Review Update

In past years, OFCCP has settled pay discrimination cases for several million dollars in back pay.  Recently, it rolled out another tool to uncover evidence of gender and race-related pay disparities.  For the third time in 10 years, OFCCP overhauled its standards about how it will analyze a contractor’s pay decisions.  The new comp directive doesn’t really […]

27 August 2018

Don’t Forget to Update Your DOL Apprenticeship Program

Have a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)-approved apprenticeship program?  Have you updated it recently?  If not, now is the time. On December 19, 2016, the Department of Labor published a final rule updating the guidelines that dictate how employers ensure equal employment opportunity in apprenticeship programs.  The final rules updated regulations in effect since 1978 […]

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 […]