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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...

Knowing Your Options – The Michigan Court of Appeals Enforces Option to Purchase Without Fixed Price Clause
Dykema, February 2021

Leases often include language that gives a tenant the option to purchase the leased property during or at the end of the lease term. The Michigan Supreme Court has held that these options to purchase, or “options” as they are commonly referred, are “simply a contract by which the owner of the property agrees with another that he shall have a right to buy the property at a fixed price within a specified time...

What Changes Are in Store for the FDA Under the Biden Administration?
Dykema, January 2021

A change in administrations from Republican to Democratic usually ushers in increased enforcement, regulation and strategic initiatives. Most of the Trump regulations and initiatives will likely be scrapped where possible. They will be replaced by rules and guidance documents that have been held in abeyance during the previous administration, as well as numerous new initiatives...

The New Normal – The Consolidated Appropriations Act Temporarily Codifies Pandemic-Related Bankruptcy Relief for Commercial Tenants (But It’s Not All Bad For Landlords)
Dykema, January 2021

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021 (the “CAA”) was enacted to provide additional coronavirus stimulus and relief for businesses challenged by the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic...

New Tools for Clean Money: Congress Enacts Expansive Measures in AML Act
Dykema, January 2021

On January 1, 2020, Congress overrode President Trump’s veto to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 6395 – 116th Congress (2019-20)), which includes the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (the “AML Act”). The AML Act revises the Bank Secrecy Act to bolster the government’s power to identify and regulate suspicious banking activity...

Intellectual Property Update and Year in Review
Dykema, January 2021

CONGRESS PASSES TRADEMARK MODERNIZATION ACT LEGISLATION In December 2020, the U.S. Congress took action that will have a significant effect on brand holders. At the end of the year, Congress passed the Trademark Modernization Act (“TMA”) that, inter alia, provides additional tools to the USPTO to respond to the rise in improper behavior in trademark filings including filing fraudulent claims of use...

PPP Loans REDUX
Dykema, January 2021

On December 27, 2020, the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (the “Economic Aid Act”) was enacted which, among other things, reauthorized lending under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) to first-time borrowers (“First Draw PPP Loans”) and for second draws by certain borrowers who have previously received PPP loans (“Second Draw PPP Loans”)...

Employee Retention Tax Credits Expanded Under Consolidated Appropriations Act
Dykema, January 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, Pub. L...

Illinois Passes Bill Prohibiting Lenders From Charging More Than 36% APR on Consumer Loans
Dykema, January 2021

On January 13, the Illinois legislature unanimously passed the Predatory Loan Prevention Act (SB 1792) (“PLPA”), which would prohibit lenders from charging more than 36% APR on consumer loans. Specifically, the PLPA would apply to any non-commercial loan made to a consumer in Illinois, including closed-end and open-end credit, retail installment sales contracts, and motor vehicle retail installment sales contracts...

CDC to Require Negative COVID Tests for All International Air Passengers
Dykema, January 2021

The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order that will take effect on January 26, 2021, requiring all arriving international airline passengers to provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within three days of the flight’s foreign departure. For those who have had it, the CDC will require proof of recovery...

USCIS to Select H-1Bs Based on Offered Wage
Dykema, January 2021

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a new final rule substituting last year’s random selection registration process with one based on the wage offered the worker with those cases with higher wages being more likely to be chosen...

 

 

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