Brandon Long

Brandon Long

McAfee & Taft

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SPECIAL BENEFITS: Employers can pay adoption expenses for their employees

Almost 40 years ago now, a young mother had the courage to give me up for adoption to my parents who could not themselves have children. All of my life, I have reaped the almost-unbelievable benefits of my biological mother’s...more

7/29/2014 - Adoption Employee Benefits

ERISA = Every Ridiculous Idea Since Adam

It is rumored that President Reagan once referred to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) as Every Ridiculous Idea Since Adam. ERISA serves important purposes in our society, but it also presents...more

5/22/2014 - Affordable Care Act DOL Employee Benefits ERISA Healthcare

Post-DOMA, IRS and CMS issue further guidance regarding same-sex spouses

Last September, three months after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, the IRS issued some much-anticipated guidance regarding the treatment of same-sex spouses. For employers who...more

4/9/2014 - CMS DOMA Healthcare Healthcare Reform IRS Marriage Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor

Administration issues new game-changing health care reform regulations

On February 11th, the Treasury Department issued its much-anticipated final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called employer mandate, under which certain employers have to either (a) offer affordable,...more

2/20/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employee Definition Healthcare Reform Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule Transition Relief U.S. Treasury

Gavel to Gavel: Big time for benefits

On Monday, the Treasury Department finally issued its much-anticipated final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, under which certain employers have to offer affordable, minimum-value health coverage to...more

2/18/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employee Benefits Healthcare

EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Alert - IRS issues new guidance on same-sex spouses

In 1996, as states were beginning to consider the concept of same-sex marriage, and before any state had acted to permit it, Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act. Section 3 of DOMA defined the term “marriage” as “a...more

9/13/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits IRS Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits U.S. Treasury US v Windsor

ALERT: BIG NEWS in Employee Benefits: Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate Until 2015

In perhaps the biggest healthcare reform news of the year, the Obama administration announced late Tuesday that it is delaying the so-called “play or pay” mandate for one year until 2015. ...more

7/5/2013 - Affordable Care Act Delays Employer Mandates Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule Tax Penalties U.S. Treasury

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