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.  […]

01 May 2018

Michigan Commission Release New Opioid Treatment Recommendations

Last month, Michigan’s Prescription Drug & Opioid Abuse Commission released new opioid treatment and prescribing recommendations for physicians and dentists.  These new guidelines supplement the package of opioid laws signed earlier this year (see our January 9, 2018 Pulse Newsletter), many of which go into effect June 1, 2018, and are directed to surgery departments, […]

30 April 2018

Follow the Bouncing Ball: 2018 Family HSA Limit is Back to $6,900

The family HSA contribution limit for 2018 was initially set at $6,900, was reduced to $6,850 and is now once again, $6,900.  What’s going on? The maximum single and family HSA contribution limits are subject to annual adjustment for changes in the cost-of-living.  The new limits for a calendar year are reviewed annually and any […]

23 April 2018

EEO-1 Filing Deadline Extended

Over the weekend the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission quietly announced an extension of the deadline for filing this year’s EEO-1 survey. As a result of modifications to the EEO-1 survey, employers initially had until March 31, 2018 to complete and file their 2017 workforce survey.  However, that deadline has been extended until June 1, […]

17 April 2018

Tax Reform, Federal Budget Agreement & Employee Benefits: The Trend Continues

Although several significant changes to qualified retirement plans were proposed as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 (the “TCJA”), the final law contains very few changes of substance.  It has been over 10 years since any significant substantive changes were made to the federal laws governing tax qualified retirement plans, but […]