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Human Resources Solutions

ASE LogoLooking for help with tough HR issues? 

SBAM partner ASE has the answers about hiring, firing, FMLA, ADA and more! Get access to a FREE HR hotline, affordable and cost-effective research consultation services, discounted employee handbooks and workplace posters, and more.

Section 125 Plan, FSA, HSA & HRA Administration


KUSHNER & COMPANY LogoLooking for ways to contain health care costs?
With the cost of health insurance continuing to rise, most employers require their employees to contribute to the cost of health insurance premiums. SBAM partner Kushner & Co. can help you put a tax-favored, consumer-directed plan in place that benefits you and your employees.


COBRA Administration

Personalized, affordable administration for your business. 

If you have 20 or more employees, your company is required by federal law to offer continued health insurance coverage via COBRA and will face huge fines if it's not administered correctly.  Let SBAM help you stay compliant for only $30 per month. 

Registration open for May 3 “Michigan Celebrates Small Business”

Tickets for the May 3 Michigan Celebrates Small Business event are $95 per person (down from $135 last year) or a table of ten for $900. The evening includes a cocktail reception, a keynote speaker and the awards dinner at the Lansing Center in Lansing. To register online go to

(Photo at left: SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler congratulates Innovation Award winner Kyle Schwulst of ElectroJet at the 2010 Michigan Celebrates Small Business)

Michigan Celebrates Small Business is a cooperative effort of the Small Business Association of Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, the Edward Lowe Foundation, the U.S. Small Business Administration – Michigan and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly.

"Michigan Celebrates is an opportunity to tell the new story of Michigan -- a story of bright futures and exciting companies that are building Michigan's economy," says Penny Lewandowski, Director of Entrepreneurship and Development at the Edward Lowe Foundation. "This is the place to celebrate and acknowledge their success and to learn who and what is driving the state's momentum."  

Underwriters for this year’s Michigan Celebrates Small Business event are PNC, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Certified Development Corporation, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, Varnum Law, Michigan Credit Union League, Comcast Business Class, Huntington Bank, DBI Office Interiors, Comcast Spotlight and Dynamic Edge Inc.

The new Michigan Celebrates underwriters brought onboard this year are Varnum LLP, Michigan Credit Union League, Huntington Bank and DBI Office Interiors

"Last year we attended the awards event for the first time and were so impressed by the accomplishments of the honorees that we decided to become a sponsor," says Scott Hill, Partner with Varnum law firm.  "We assist entrepreneurs and small businesses with their legal needs and understand the many challenges of growing a business.  Recognizing success honors the recipients and inspires us all."

PNC has been a supporter of Michigan Celebrates for the previous seven years.  “We’re honored to have been the primary sponsor of this prestigious event since its inception eight years ago,” says David Morrison, Southeast Michigan Business Banking Market Manager with PNC. “Michigan Celebrates Small Business is very important to PNC because it recognizes those companies and individuals that have taken the risks necessary to grow our economy. At PNC, we have a group of seasoned bankers that help those risk takers succeed.”

“Thanks to the generosity of this year’s underwriters, the MCSB organizers have been able to accomplish a longstanding goal to decrease the event’s ticket price,” says Jennifer Deamud, Associate State Director of the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center. “In a time of ever-growing prices, we are proud to change that trend. For the first time in seven years the ticket price will drop substantially to $95.”

The expectation with the decreased ticket price is more community members, such as Chambers, EDCs and small business owners will be able to attend to support the businesses in their community that are being awarded.

For more information about Michigan Celebrates Small Business contact Jennifer Deamud, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center at (616) 331-7480 or

Trying to control costly small business insurance mandates, today on Business Next

Michael Rogers talks with Dave Jessup, SBAM's Director of Government Relations, about efforts to control costly small business insurance mandates. Plus, details on two outstanding upcoming events: the March 7 Google Get Your Business Online and the March 20 Economic Gardening panel. Listen today at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the Michigan Business Network. Listen to archived programs anytime at your convenience on your PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page

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How you can create a productive, "leaderful" small business. Today at 10 a.m. on the Business Next free audio seminar

Program guest Dr. Joe Raelin talks with Michael Rogers about the key aspects of creating a "leaderful" small business operation. Raelin will conduct a March 14 program in Lansing sponsored by Capital Quality and Innovation (click here for details.) 

Listen today at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the Michigan Business Network. Listen to archived programs anytime at your convenience on your PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page

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Congress Passes Payroll Tax Cut Extension

From SBAM's national affiliate, NSBA:

On Feb. 17, 2012, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate approved a bipartisan deal to extend the payroll tax cut, federal unemployment benefits and prevention of a reimbursement cut for Medicare doctors through the end of the year.

The House voted 293-132 to pass the bill (H.R. 3630), and the Senate followed soon after to approve the bill in a 60-36 vote. The measure is now set to go to the White House for President Obama's signature, which he indicated will sign later this week. 

The deal was actually agreed to mid-week and finalized and endorsed by the conference committee on Thursday, ending months of battle as lawmakers faced expiration of a temporary extension of the three items at the end of the month.

Critical to the success of the victory, was the concession by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other House Republican leaders that they would not insist the $94 billion payroll extension part of the deal be paid for. Under the agreement, the legislation will extend the current 4.2 percent employee payroll tax rate through the end of 2012; Congress late last year extended the reduction from the prior 6.2 percent rate through the end of February. 

The package also puts off a 27.4 percent cut in payments to Medicare doctors, costing $17.9 billion over 10 years. It is funded in part by a $5 billion cut to a preventive medicine health fund in the health care law, and a $6.9 billion cut to Medicare hospitals for non-payment on premiums and co-pays. 

The legislation includes a three-tiered reduction in overall federal unemployment benefits that relies heavily on the unemployment rates in individual states. The agreement would provide a maximum of between 89 and 99 weeks of coverage from March through May of this year, in June the maximum would go to 79 weeks, and by September, it would fall to 73.

The extensions to the unemployment benefits and the so-called “doc fix” were paid for through spending cuts and the bill did not include any extensions of other popular expired tax breaks, such as the 100 percent bonus depreciation provision from 2011 or an increase in mass transit tax subsidies. It is possible that deliberation on the expired tax extenders could be delayed until after the November elections. Congress—at that time—will be facing the another critical tax issues: the Dec. 31, 2012 expiration of the Bush tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003. 

Summary of Benefit Coverage Final Rule Released

Just this past week, after almost a year of delays, the Final Rules for the Summary of Benefit Coverage were released. As you may recall, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) required that the SBC be ready on March 23, 2012, but the law also required that the final rule be in place by March 23, 2011.  As a result of this delay, the new requirements will begin on the first day of the first open enrollment period that begins on or after September 23, 2012. 

The SBC requirements apply to all health plans and insurers, not just fully insured plans. Generally, PPACA requires that a Summary of Benefits Coverage (SBC) be provided to all “applicants and enrollees.” The regulations interpret this to mean that an SBC must be provided to all participants and beneficiaries.  Further the regulations require that if a participant and beneficiaries reside at the same address, a plan administrator may send a single SBC to that address.  The final rule does remove a requirement that the benefit summaries include premium information, which was a change made in response to concerns voiced by many employer and insurer groups, including the Small Business Association of Michigan and our Washington affiliate, National Small Business Association, that it would be very difficult for insurers to put a single figure on a coverage package that might be offered in the small-group and individual market, for example, or not reflect employer premium contributions in the group market. It also reduces the number of coverage examples that must be provided in each SBC from three to two. Under the final rule, insurers will have to illustrate what the plan would cover, and what the patient would pay, under two scenarios—having a baby and managing diabetes.

The rule also specifies that it is only providing guidance on what the SBC must contain for the first year and that; additional guidance will be provided before January 1, 2014 about how to communicate whether the plan provides minimum essential coverage. 

The regulations require that group health plans and health insurance issuers are required to provide an SBC to participants and beneficiaries without charge at the following times: 

Initial Enrollment. An SBC for each benefit package option for which the participant is eligible must be included with any distribution of enrollment materials. If written enrollment materials are not distributed, the SBC must be furnished no later than the first date the individual is eligible to enroll in coverage. 

Open Enrollment. An SBC for the benefit package option in which the participant is enrolled must be included with other open enrollment materials. If reenrollment is automatic, the SBC must be provided no later than 30 days before the beginning of the next plan year. 

HIPAA Special Enrollment. An SBC must be provided within 7 days of a request for special enrollment. 

Upon Request. An SBC must be provided as soon as practical (but no more than 7 days) after a request. 

Over the last year of debate, there were some changes made.  The SBC no longer has to be a standalone document, and it may be provided in color or grayscale. The new materials also create a special rule for cases in which a plan's terms "cannot reasonably be described in a manner consistent with the template and instructions." In those cases, plans must make an effort to describe coverage in a consistent manner.
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