Arthur Marrapese III

Arthur Marrapese III

Hodgson Russ LLP

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Employee Benefits Developments - September 2014

CASES - Post-Retirement Medical Benefits Under Siege. A recent spike in retiree benefit litigation is evidence of a growing interest among employers in strategies designed to contain, reduce, and eliminate the current...more

9/30/2014 - Data Breach EHR Employee Benefits ERISA HIPAA IRA Life Insurance PHI Retirement

Post-Retirement Medical Benefits Under Siege

A recent spike in retiree benefit litigation is evidence of a growing interest among employers in strategies designed to contain, reduce, and eliminate the current costs and balance sheet liabilities associated with...more

9/30/2014 - Employee Benefits Healthcare Retirement SCOTUS

Employee Benefits Developments - August 2014

The Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services issued final regulations addressing the rule in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that prohibits a group health plan from having a waiting period that exceeds...more

9/3/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employee Benefits Employer Group Health Plans Healthcare Waiting Periods

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2014

In May 2014, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Part XIX, addressing, among other subjects, the following: The newly revised DOL model...more

8/1/2014 - Affordable Care Act COBRA DOL Employee Benefits Healthcare HHS IRS Prescription Drugs Tax Credits

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2014

In This Issue: - Rulings, Opinions, Etc. ..Validating Rollover Contributions: New Guidance - Case ..Stock Drop Case Development: The Supreme Court Rejects The Presumption Of Prudence ..Dividend...more

7/1/2014 - Clickwrap Agreements Dividends Employee Benefits ERISA FICA Taxes FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer HSA IRA Rollovers IRS Restrictive Covenants SCOTUS Stock Drop Litigation

New Obamacare Benefit Mandate Takes Aim at Breast Cancer

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers and employers that sponsor non-grandfathered medical plans must cover and pay the full cost of specified preventive services in accordance with recommendations issued by the U.S....more

6/26/2014 - Affordable Care Act Cancer Clinical Trials Employer Group Health Plans Employer Liability Issues Healthcare Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs Preventive Health Care

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2014

Supreme Court Holds Severance Payments Are Subject to FICA Taxes - Reversing a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that severance payments to employees who were...more

4/30/2014 - Chapter 11 Employee Benefits Employer Group Health Plans ERISA IRA IRA Rollovers SCOTUS Severance Pay Severance Tax US v Windsor

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2014

On January 9, 2014, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) issued additional health care reform guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions...more

3/31/2014 - DOL Employee Benefits Expatriates Healthcare HHS Indemnity Agreements Mental Health Mental Health Parity Rule

Finally! IRS Provides Final Play-Or-Pay Guidance

On February 11, 2014, the IRS released final regulations implementing the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as the “employer mandate” and “play-or-pay” requirement. In this...more

3/17/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Healthcare IRS Pay or Play

Employee Benefits Developments February 2014

RULINGS, OPINIONS, ETC. - IRS Issues Guidance on Expanded In-Plan Roth Rollover Rules - The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 enacted rules under which 401(k), 403(b), and governmental 457(b) plans may provide for...more

2/28/2014 - American Taxpayer Relief Act Compliance Employee Benefits IRA Rollovers IRS Small Business Jobs Act

Employee Benefits Developments - January 2014

CASES - Court Finds Former NFL Player’s First Wife Is Surviving Spouse - A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit demonstrates once again the importance of divorcing your first spouse...more

2/3/2014 - Athletes Breach of Duty Denial of Benefits Divorce Employee Benefits ERISA Failure to Notify Fiduciary Duty NFL Out of Network Provider SEC Surviving Spouse

Does Obamacare Strike the Right Balance Between Women’s Contraceptive Rights and Religious Freedom?

Effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, employer-sponsored group health plans that are not grandfathered must provide women with access to a list of 16 contraceptive services without cost sharing...more

1/7/2014 - Affordable Care Act Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Contraceptives FDA Healthcare Healthcare Reform Religion

Employee Benefits Developments - December 2013

RULINGS, OPINIONS, ETC. - Modification of “Use-or-Lose” Rule for Health FSAs - Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2013-71 modifies the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for health flexible spending accounts (health...more

12/23/2013 - Carryover Basis Employee Benefits Flexible Spending Accounts IRS Use or Lose Rule

Employee Benefits Developments November 2013

RULINGS, OPINIONS, ETC. - Religious Employers and the Women’s Contraceptive Mandate Background - This past July, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury released final...more

11/26/2013 - Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Employer Group Health Plans Healthcare Religion Religious Institutions

2014 Benefits Limitations

The IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments to various dollar limitations that will apply to benefit plans for 2014....more

11/18/2013 - COLA Employee Benefits IRS

Update on “Play or Pay”

The employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as “play or pay,” require large employers to offer affordable medical coverage to full-time employees or face penalties. For...more

10/24/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

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