Remote Work Challenges for HR | MI Employee Benefits Group

It’s been said the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has created the largest remote work experiment ever devised.  In fact, there are many recently documented cases where companies have asked at least some of their employees to work from home.  Three of those companies are Amazon, Twitter and Microsoft. Remote work, of course, is not something … Continued

Congress Passes Coronavirus Law Requiring Paid Employee Leave

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate voted to approve a coronavirus relief bill (the Act) that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives over the weekend. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. The Act requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) … Continued

IRS Allows HDHPs To Cover Coronavirus Costs

On March 11, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-15 to advise that high deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and treatment before plan deductibles have been met, without jeopardizing their status. According to the IRS, this also means that individuals with HDHPs that cover these costs … Continued

Compliance Issues Facing Employers

As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace. Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers. For example, … Continued

March Madness 2020: The Ball is in Your Court | Michigan Benefits Partners

March Madness is upon us, and there is no avoiding it. Selection Sunday, when the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Committee announces which 68 teams made the 2020 tournament, is March 15th. Games begin with the First Four on March 17th and 18th and culminate with the Final Four April 4th and the 2020 NCAA championship … Continued

Ask the Experts: Flu and FMLA | MI Employee Benefits Partners

Question: Is the common flu considered a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? Answer: Most cases of the common flu do not meet the definition of “serious health condition” and would not be eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. Some cases of the flu, however, are severe or … Continued

Service Animals in the Workplace | Michigan Benefits Firm

In 2020, many people with disabilities use the emotional and physical support provided by a service animal. This means that the workplace has seen an increase of these service animals over the last decade and therefore the workforce needs to be educated on this changing environment. Let’s take a look at what constitutes a service … Continued

No Gym Required for These (Financial) Fitness Tips | MI Employee Benefits Group

If you’re like me, your social-media feeds are jammed with headlines about getting “healthy and fit” in the new year. Of course, they’re referring to diet and exercise and common resolutions to drop pounds and work out more often. But it’s just as important to be concerned about your financial fitness—where you can also drop … Continued

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Heart | MI Benefits Consultants

Each February we focus on ways to improve our heart health in honor of American Heart Month. This year we want to help you by turning your attention to the foods you eat and how to make smart choices with our “This or That” challenge! Below you will see two foods to choose between. Your … Continued

Status of Court Case Challenging ACA Constitutionality

On January 21, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court (Supreme Court) declined to hear the court case challenging the ACA’s constitutionality. For now, the case is going back the U.S. District for the Northern District of Texas (District Court) for additional analysis. On December 18, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Appeals … Continued