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 […]

26 March 2018

Federal Contractor Pays $2.5 Million in OFCCP Case

Those who believed that the OFCCP was losing steam had quite a surprise.  Last week the OFCCP announced that it had resolved an audit with Humana Inc. for $2.5 million in back wages and interest.  The OFCCP alleged that Humana paid hundreds of women at its Louisville, Kentucky headquarters less than their similarly situated male […]

13 March 2018

Sixth Circuit Rules that Transgender Individuals are Protected Under Title VII

Late last week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ground breaking decision which impacts all employers in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.  The Court held that “discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status violates Title VII.”  In reaching that conclusion, the Court rejected an employer’s defense under the Religious Freedom Restoration […]

07 March 2018

2018 Family HSA Limit Reduced and Other HSA News

An unexpected consequence of last year’s tax reform legislation is that the family HSA contribution limit for 2018 has been reduced from $6,900 to $6,850.   Employers with high deductible health plans (HDHPs)  will want to notify enrolled employees as soon as possible to minimize excess contributions. Here’s the background—various annual limits under the Internal Revenue […]

06 February 2018

Federal Contractors Beware: New Round of OFCCP Audits on the Way

The U.S. Department of Labor’s OFCCP has notified the federal contractor community that it mailed out 1,000 Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (CSAL) to covered establishments on February 1, 2018.  A CSAL is a preliminary and courtesy warning to a federal contractor that an enforcement audit could be scheduled at any time during the current scheduling […]

16 January 2018

Two Minute Legal Update: Time to File 2017 EEO-1 Report

Happy New Year 2018 and welcome to another Two Minute Update. Last year we told you about the “on again – off again” changes to the EEO-1 Reporting Form. In August 2017, the Federal Office of Management and Budget halted the changes. According to OMB, EEOC’s proposed EEO-1 data collection program: lacked practical utility, was unnecessarily […]