Barry Klein

Barry Klein

Blank Rome LLP

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Employee Benefits Provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

The Bipartisan Budget Act includes the following important employee-benefit related provisions: - It repeals the automatic enrollment mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Under the ACA, employers with more than 200...more

11/5/2015 - Affordable Care Act Automatic Enrollment Benefit Plan Sponsors Defined Benefit Plans Employee Benefits Employer Mandates PBGC Pensions

IRS Takes First Steps Towards Revamping Qualified Plan Determination Letters

Action Item: The IRS has taken the first steps towards what is likely to be the end of the determination letter program for individually designed qualified plans. The determination letter has been the cornerstone of...more

9/22/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Determination Letter Executive Compensation IRS Qualified Retirement Plans

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Premium Tax Subsidies

Action Item: Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling to uphold the premium tax subsidy regime of the Affordable Care Act is of critical importance to individuals and employers alike regarding the availability of federal tax...more

6/26/2015 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges King v Burwell Pay or Play SCOTUS State Health Insurance Exchanges Subsidies Tax Credits

Government Kills Aggressive ACA Employer Planning Technique

Action Item: The government has struck down an important Affordable Care Act planning technique: so-called “middle” or “minimum value” plans. Employers that have implemented such plans or are significantly down the road on...more

11/17/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Minimum Essential Coverage

IRS Finalizes and Clarifies ObamaCare Reporting Rules

The Internal Revenue Service has released a lengthy set of questions and answers regarding the reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) for “applicable large employers” under section 6056 of the Internal...more

9/25/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Full-Time Employees Internal Revenue Code (IRC) IRS Reporting Requirements

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Lead to Intense Scrutiny of ESOP Fiduciaries

The United States Supreme Court issued a decision yesterday that will result in significant changes to employee stock ownership plan ("ESOP") administration and design, which could jeopardize the viability of stand-alone...more

6/27/2014 - Employee Benefits ESOP FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer SCOTUS Stocks U.S. Bancorp

IRS Issues Guidance Effectively Prohibiting Employers From Reimbursing Employees For Individual Health Insurance Premiums

The IRS’ reasoning is that such reimbursement arrangements, often referred to as “employer payment plans” are “group health plans.” All group health plans must meet the Affordable Care Act’s “market reform” requirements, such...more

6/10/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Contributions Employer Group Health Plans Health Insurance Healthcare IRS Popular Reimbursements

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