Publications

  • THE NEW COBRA SUBSIDY PROGRAM: Employer Notice and Payment Obligations

    April 9, 2021

    The recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act (“ARP”) contains an important provision affecting all private employers with 20 or more employees (and all Michigan governmental employers) that sponsor employee health insurance plans.  Below we very briefly summarize essential aspects of the new law and its most immediate impact on the obligations of employers and COBRA […]

  • Using Your Best Judgment: Does the Business-Judgment Rule Protect Me From a Shareholder Oppression Claim?

    February 24, 2021

    Those in charge of running a business have countless decisions to make every day.  Those decisions are generally protected under Michigan law by the so-called “business-judgment rule.”  But as numerous recent decisions make clear, the business-judgment rule is not an absolute defense to claims of oppression by minority shareholders, and the business decisions of the […]

  • 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 […]

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