20 February 2019

Deadline Approaching: Minimum Wage Changes and the Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act

In December, Governor Snyder signed the amendments that the Michigan legislature made to the state’s minimum wage laws and the Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act (MPMLA).  As you may recall, the minimum wage changes and the new MPMLA were the result of the Michigan legislature’s adoption of two ballot proposals, which the legislature later amended. […]

01 February 2019

EEO-1 Filing Deadline Extended

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) just announced that due to the partial lapse in appropriations, the opening of the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) has been postponed until early March 2019. The EEO-1 filing deadline has been extended to May 31, 2019. Filing the annual EEO-1 is mandatory for all employers in the private sector […]

24 January 2019

EEO-1 Filing Deadline To Be Delayed?

Filing the annual Employer Information Report (EEO-1) is mandatory for all employers in the private sector with 100 or more employees, and for federal contractors and subcontractors with 50 or more employees.   The EEO-1 Report provides the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with information about the size, location, industry, and race, gender and occupation […]

14 December 2018

Michigan Minimum Wage and Paid Medical Leave Update

On December 14, 2018, Michigan Governor Snyder signed two laws to modify the minimum wage and paid sick leave legislation that was enacted this past September.  These new laws significantly impact employers, and both will take effect 91 days after the adjournment of the 2018 regular legislative session, which we anticipate to be in March […]

13 December 2018

Fair Credit Reporting Act Reminder

This notice is for employers who use third parties to conduct background checks or to secure other consumer reports on applicants or employees. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires such employers to provide a series of specific written notices. First, employers must provide their applicants and employees with a notice and authorization that a background check […]

12 December 2018

Michigan HICA Tax Officially Repealed!

As explained in our previous client alert (which can be found here), Michigan officially repealed the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) tax on June 11, 2018.  However, that repeal was conditioned on the approval of its replacement—the Insurance Provider Assessment (IPA)—by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). On December 11, 2018, CMS notified […]

10 December 2018

Naughty or Nice? OFCCP Issues Three New Directives

Welcome to another Two Minute Update.  The OFCCP recently issued three new policy directives. The first one is aimed at clarifying the Agency’s compliance review procedures.  This rescinds an Obama era directive that replaced shortened desk audits with much more “deep dive” full audits.  Instead, OFCCP’s Compliance Manual will be followed moving forward.  The stated goal […]

16 November 2018

A (Retirement Plan) Match Not Made In Heaven!

The recent IRS ruling allowing employers to make retirement plan contributions for participants who are repaying student loans even though they are not contributing to the employer’s 401(k) plan has received a lot of attention.  Unfortunately, most of the attention has been from employers who want to continue to offer matching contributions and to make […]

08 November 2018

Proposal 1 Passes in Michigan: What Employers Need to Know

On Tuesday, Michigan voters passed Proposal 1, or what will now be known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act.  Although Michigan voters passed the proposal to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, employers can still “just say no” to hiring or retaining employees who violate workplace drug policies. Technically, what does Proposal […]