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  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Issues Additional Guidance on Remote Work

    November 10, 2020

    Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued new guidance on Friday, November 6, 2020, which follows MDHHS’s Emergency Order (updated on October 30th) and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)’s October 14th Emergency Rules (“Rules”). In particular, the new guidance specifically states that employers should allow their employees to work from home […]

  • Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues Relating to Remote Work

    October 29, 2020

    COVID-19 has brought concerns about remote work into sharp relief and has forced employers to confront myriad challenges relating to privacy and cybersecurity. As businesses scrambled to find new ways to communicate and to safeguard data, cybercriminals wasted no time trying to take advantage of the pandemic. As soon as most states began requiring non-essential […]

  • REMOTE WORK: LIBERATING OR A STEP INTO A BOTTOMLESS PIT?

    October 29, 2020

    The pandemic has forced employers and employees into work situations they never imagined with the widespread use of remote work as a means of continuing business operations in the face of Executive Orders precluding the performance of on-site work. Many employees relished the thought of escaping the ever-watchful eyes of supervisors and even co-workers and […]

  • Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration Issues Emergency Rules

    October 15, 2020

    On October 14, 2020, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) issued a new set of emergency rules (“Rules”) establishing requirements for employers to control, prevent, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These Rules took immediate effect and remain in effect for six (6) months. The Rules establish several significant limitations on businesses and […]

  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Issues New Order

    October 12, 2020

    On October 9, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new order implementing a number of statewide mandates in response to COVID-19. The order took immediate effect and remains in effect until October 30, 2020. The order establishes a number of limitations on how many people may attend a gathering, […]

  • Estate Planning During the Pandemic

    August 24, 2020

    The pandemic has triggered an increased need to have proper estate planning.  As we continue to limit and restrict activity to contain the spread of the COVID-19, creating and executing a proper estate plan is still possible to protect you and your family should you become ill, quarantined, or hospitalized. While the pandemic has changed […]

  • Whitmer vetoes legislation expanding and clarifying immunity for health care providers

    August 12, 2020

    On August 10, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Senate Bill 899 that would have amended the Emergency Management Act (EMA) to expand and clarify the scope of qualified immunity provided to health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, Senate Bill 899 would have extended the period of qualified immunity to January 20, […]

  • What Taxes Are Associated With an Inheritance?

    August 11, 2020

    There are three general types of tax: Estate tax is a tax imposed on the value of the estate of a deceased person before distribution to the heirs Inheritance tax is a tax imposed on a person who inherits property or money Gift tax is a tax imposed on the transfer of money or property to another person […]

  • Protect Your College Student with an Estate Plan

    August 3, 2020

    A typical college-bound student’s packing list will include various “essential items” such as a mini-fridge, laptop computer, cell phone, clothes, and shower shoes.  An estate plan is probably the most “essential” item that will protect your college student and provide you peace of mind. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have expressed concern […]

  • What Businesses Need to Know About Michigan’s Mask Mandate

    July 16, 2020

    As positive cases of COVID-19 rise, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expanded the previous recommendation-only directive for use of a face mask to a mandate. Now, businesses open to the public must refuse entry or service to those not wearing a mask. The order also requires that masks be worn in crowded outdoor spaces, and individuals are […]

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