Congress has made another avenue of health coverage more accessible by fully subsidizing the cost of COBRA coverage (or the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) from April 1 - September 30, 2021 for individuals who lost their health coverage due to an involuntary termination or a reduction in hours under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).
Unemployment requirements are now reverted back to the way it was before the pandemic hit Michigan. Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing applicable to state unemployment claims established by Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 20-76, and temporarily codified in statute, expired on March 31, 2021. The last week that the flexibilities apply was the week ending March 27, 2021.
Today, March 24, 2021 is Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day denotes how far into the new year women must work to be paid what men were paid the previous year. Started by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996, the goal was to raise awareness about the gender wage gap. Although there are various analyses of what the gap is, all agree there is a gap.
Last week Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 and it was signed into law on Friday. The ARP also extends some of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) provisions that were signed into law on December 27, 2020. Below are provisions that will impact employers.
Many organizations are reviewing their security and surveillance policies and looking to update them. A common question coming into the ASE Research Hotline is whether the employer can utilize video surveillance and have voice/sound recording. The simple answer is yes for video and maybe for voice/sound recording.
Employees, at times, seem to be better lawyers than the employment lawyers – or so they think. How many times has HR or a supervisor been threatened by an employee for violating their rights or discriminating against them when in reality, they are simply trying to get an employee to perform and follow direction. Employers have broad discretion for terminating employees according to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Michigan.
In a long running audit of Google by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the two sides came to a settlement agreement just before the administration switched over. It is an interesting agreement and may hold some implications for future audit settlements.
When the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) was signed on December 27, 2020, it did not just fund government for the 2021 Fiscal Year but also made some changes to benefit offerings. Specifically, changes were made to Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), student loan assistance programs, mental health and substance abuse benefits, pharmacy benefits reporting, disclosure of service provider compensation, and surprise medical billing.
With more employees working remotely, which may be the norm in the future, questions arise regarding how to ensure compliance with posting requirements.
Employers have to worry about employees using social media, including their managers and executives. Like kids, managers and executives can say the darndest things. And Twitter, especially, can take on a life of its own.
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