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HHS Published a Revised Confidentiality of SUD Patient Records Final Rule

HHS published a revised Confidentiality of SUD Patient Records final rule. The final rule outlines confidentiality protections for patient records created by federally assisted substance use disorder treatment programs (SUD records). The CARES Act contained modifications to the SUD confidentiality laws that expanded the circumstances under which SUD records may be used and disclosed in … Continued

Supreme Court Upholds Religious Exemption and Moral Exemption to the ACA Contraceptive Mandate

On July 8, 2020, the Supreme Court reversed the 3rd Circuit decision and held that the Departments had the authority to issue the final regulations and ordered the nationwide preliminary injunction to be dissolved. As background, the ACA requires that non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering non-grandfathered group or individual health insurance … Continued

New Coronavirus Relief Law Requires Paid Employee Leave

Two laws were enacted that provide workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. One of the new leave provisions, the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act,” allows 12 weeks of … Continued

DOL Guidance – Employer Paid Leave Requirements in the FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance on the paid leave requirements under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA expanded the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to allow partially compensated employee leave for child care purposes related to COVID-19. The FFCRA also provided for employee paid sick … Continued

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus Paid Leave

Small and midsize employers may begin using two new refundable payroll tax credits to obtain reimbursement for the costs of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on March 20, 2020. This relief is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act), … 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

Pet Insurance | Michigan Benefits Agency

We’ve all heard the saying “A dog is a man’s best friend” and we know it’s true! Pets give us unconditional love, companionship, and joy. But, are we willing to pay the price when a hefty vet bill comes along? Pet insurance may help you stomach that unexpected emergency room charge due to Fluffy’s uncanny … Continued

Volunteering Time Off, Part Two | Michigan Employee Benefits Consultants

Right now our national unemployment rate is 3.7%–edging towards a 50-year low. With this low rate, companies are actually finding it increasingly harder to hire and retain great talent. One way to combat this issue is by increasing employee engagement through volunteering.   In survey after survey, employees state that they want to work for … Continued

Volunteering Time Off, Part 1 | Michigan Benefits Team

Volunteering Time Off, or VTO, has become a buzz topic for many companies as of late. It involves encouraging employees to take time off from their job to plug in to their community and the nonprofits that support it. Let’s delve in deeper to understand what VTO looks like. Typical VTO policies allot for 8 … Continued

Is it Time for Unlimited Time off? | MI Employee Benefits Advisors UBA

While more and more perks — catered lunches, on-site gyms, immunizations programs — are about employee health, wellness, and happiness, they ultimately are also designed to keep workers at work. A recent article in Quartz at Work points out that more than anything, employees want more time off and out of the office. Unlimited time off, to … Continued