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All Employers May Be Impacted by President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy
Dykema, July 2021

On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy (the "Order"). This sweeping Order affirms that it is the policy of the President’s Administration to enforce the antitrust laws to combat concentration and abuses of economic power in a number of markets, including: labor, agriculture, healthcare (including i.e...

Supreme Court Rejects Third Challenge To Affordable Care Act
Dykema, June 2021

On June 17, the Supreme Court rejected another court challenge to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), holding that the plaintiffs lacked standing to challenge its minimum essential coverage provisions. For the third time, the Supreme Court upheld the ACA. More than a decade after the ACA was enacted, the long and winding road of ACA challenges may be over and healthcare industry participants may finally be able to rely on the ACA as settled law moving forward...

Will PPP Forms 3509/3510 (Loan Necessity Questionnaire) Be Withdrawn By SBA?
Dykema, June 2021

Litigation between the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) may be nearing an end (The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. vs. United States Small Business Administration, et al.,United States District Court for the District of Columbia). AGC initially filed a lawsuit against SBA in December 2020, challenging the introductions of Form 3509 and Form 3510 (Loan Necessity Questionnaires) in October 2020...

2021 US Treasury Green Book: How The Biden Administration Plans To Fund Its Aspirations
Dykema, June 2021

On Friday, May 30, 2021, the U.S. Department of Treasury released its “General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2022 Revenue Proposals” (the “Green Book”). The Green Book, a copy of which is locatedhere, provides detailed descriptions of the Biden Administration’s legislative tax proposals, which the White House formally announced on May 28, 2021, when it released its fiscal year 2022 Budget proposals...

MIOSHA Issues Revised Emergency Rules Governing Return To Work
Dykema, May 2021

Although the State of Michigan announced several weeks ago that employers would be permitted to require employees to return to “in-person” work, the emergency rules issued by MIOSHA prohibiting in-person work remained in place. Those emergency rules were rescinded earlier today and replaced with a new set of emergency rules that will remain in effect until October 14, 2021...

The Impact of COVID-19 Laws on the Return of Employees to the Workplace
Dykema, May 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sweeping new laws and regulations having a tremendous impact on California workplaces were enacted in California in 2020 and 2021. Included, among numerous others, are laws imposing health and safety obligations on employers, regulations requiring employers to quarantine employees and provide wage replacement for employees exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace, along with mandated job-protected paid sick leave and extended paid family leave...

A Skeptical IRS Comments on Monetized Installment Sale Transactions
Dykema, May 2021

Even before the Biden Administration proposed an increase to the capital gains rate, it has been increasingly common for a seller (“Seller”) of business assets to be approached by consultants promoting a transaction structure whereby Seller can immediately receive nearly all of the cash proceeds of the sale while also deferring the corresponding tax for as long as 30 years...

USCIS to Suspend Biometrics Requirement for Certain I-539 Applicants
Dykema, May 2021

In a move aimed at speeding the processing of certain non-immigrant petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it will suspend the biometrics requirements for certain I-539 applicants for a two-year period beginning on May 17, 2021. Form I-539 is used to change to or extend the authorized stay of non-immigrants holding (or seeking) A, B, F, G, I, J, M, T, U and V and dependents of those holding E, H, L, O, P, R and TN status...

Notable Tax Provisions of President Biden's Proposed American Families Plan
Dykema, April 2021

On April 28, 2021, President Biden addressed a Joint Session of Congress unveiling his proposals to invest in and restructure the American economy. In his address to Congress, President Biden formally announced his American Families Plan (the “AFP”) which combines $1 trillion in spending with $800 billion in tax cuts and credits for low and middle-class families, and targets high-income earners and corporations to fund all of the costs over a 15-year period...

Michigan Department of Treasury Confirms Conformity to Federal Treatment of PPP Loan Forgiveness
Dykema, April 2021

On April 19, 2021, the Michigan Department of Treasury issued a notice (the “Notice”) outlining Michigan’s conformity to the federal tax treatment of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Pub. L. No. 116-135 (the “CARES Act”)...

The Ins and Outs of the Income Tax Deadline Extension—Which Returns, Deadlines Are Affected, and Which Aren’t?
Dykema, April 2021

On March 17, 2021, the IRS published IR-2021-59, postponing the deadline for filing individual income tax returns and payment of individual income taxes from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. On March 29, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-21, further clarifying the postponement of Federal income tax reporting and payment deadlines...

The American Jobs Plan Proposes Important Corporate Tax Changes
Dykema, April 2021

On March 31, 2021, the Biden Administration released a Fact Sheet for its proposed American Jobs Plan (the “AJP”). The full text of the AJP can be found here. Although the AJP is primarily a proposal for rebuilding our country’s infrastructure, positioning the U.S. to compete with China and creating millions of jobs, it also proposes important corporate tax changes necessary to fund the AJP...

Michigan Open Meetings Act Compliance: (Nearly) Back to Business as Usual
Dykema, March 2021

As of today, March 31, 2021, no longer may public bodies take advantage of the “any reason” remote meeting provisions of the Open Meetings Act. When the Legislature extended the circumstances under which public bodies could meet remotely, it provided for limited circumstances after the “any reason” provision sunsets...

Good News for Small Businesses: PPP Loan Program Deadlines Extended!
Dykema, March 2021

It is expected that President Biden will sign the PPP Extension Act of 2021 passed by the House of Representatives on March 16, 2021, and the Senate on March 25, 2021. The bill extends the funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan program through June 30, 2021, for First Draw and Second Draw Loan applications submitted by lenders to the SBA by May 31, 2021...

Hidden in the American Rescue Plan Act: More Reasons for Employees To Take FFCRA Leave and More Time for Employers To Receive Tax Credits
Dykema, March 2021

While many Americans are receiving their $1,400 payments from the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, employers should be paying attention to the somewhat buried language regarding Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) tax credits. Does the ARPA Require Paid Leave? No...

Major Tax Changes On The Horizon
Dykema, March 2021

Now that the COVID relief bill, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, has passed and is now being implemented, the focus in Congress and the Biden Administration will be moving to their next major bill as part of President Biden's Build Back Better plan. While some may wish this next bill to move quickly, the bill's complexity mostly likely means a longer process over the next six months...

How Does The American Rescue Plan Affect Welfare Benefit Plans?
Dykema, March 2021

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the Act) on March 11, 2021. The Act provides COBRA premium subsidies, increases the tax-exclusion amount for employer-sponsored dependent care assistance programs and expands who may be eligible to receive premium tax credits for marketplace coverage. This alert explains how these provisions may impact your welfare benefit plans. Please contact your Dykema benefits attorney to explore the new provisions in greater depth...

Change is Near: What the Biden Executive Order Means for Title IX Misconduct Claims
Dykema, March 2021

On March 8, President Biden took his first steps in reversing the Trump Administration’s Title IX policy by issuing an Executive Order 14021 (“Order”) directing the Secretary of Education to review the Title IX rules issued by the Trump Administration...

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Congress Adds a Few Tax Surprises to Its Rescue Package
Dykema, March 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Pub. L. No. 117-2 (the “ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, by President Biden, contains a few unexpected tax surprises...

IRS Extends 2020 Tax Filing and Tax Payment Deadlines, But Not 2021 Estimate Dates
Dykema, March 2021

In News Release IR-2021-59, published on March 17, 2021, the IRS and Treasury Department announced that the Federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year is automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. Individual taxpayers can also postpone Federal income tax payments for the 2020 tax year due on April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021, without penalty or interest regardless of the amount owed...

The Eviction Moratorium: A Texas Federal Court Holds the CDC Lacks Authority to Regulate Private Property Rights—BUT Eviction Moratorium Remains
Dykema, March 2021

On Thursday, February 25, 2021, a Federal Court Judge in the Eastern District of Texas sided with a group of landlords by holding that the eviction moratorium instituted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is unconstitutional by extending “far beyond the legitimate scope of federal power...

Is Wi-Fi Sickness a Disability? California Appellate Court Holds That It Is Under FEHA
Dykema, February 2021

Is Wi-Fi sickness a disability? The California Court of Appeal just said it is in Brown v. Los Angeles Unified School District (2d Dist., Div. Eight), Case No. B294240. In a case that tests the limits of California’s liberal pleading standard, the appellate court green-lighted a claim of a woman who asserted a disability of “electromagnetic hypersensitivity,” or, as the concurring justice put it, “Wi-Fi sickness...

Adding up the Numbers: DOJ Announces Its False Claims Act Recoveries for 2020
Dykema, February 2021

In January 2021, the U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) announced $2.2 billion in False Claims Act (FCA) recoveries for fiscal year 2020, which ended on September 30.[1] Although this amount is substantial, it nonetheless represents the smallest recovery figure in 10 years. These figures reflect the Trump administration’s unaggressive enforcement efforts and its restrictive view of the FCA. As recently as 2016, FCA recovery exceeded $4.5 billion. Recoveries in 2019 were $3...

Could This Little-Used FDA Submission Process Help Secure Approval for Your Medical Device?
Dykema, February 2021

The de novo medical device process is a little-used but potentially valuable means of securing approval for your medical device. The pathway was established in 1997 subject to the Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act, Section 513 (f) (2). It was designed to employ a risk-based strategy for novel devices that have not yet been classified. Basically, it establishes a new device type including classification, regulation, appropriate controls and product code...

2021 Notice of Tax Assessments Will Be Issued in February
Dykema, February 2021

The 2021 tax assessment of real and personal property will be determined by local Assessors in February, at which time a Notice of Assessment will be issued and mailed to property owners. Property owners should make sure to check the mail for a copy of the Notice in order to determine whether an appeal of their taxable value should be filed...

 

 

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