Brian M. Johnston

Brian M. Johnston


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Latest Update on Anthem Data Breach - Other BCBS Plans May Be Impacted

As a follow-up to its announcement of a massive cyber breach last week, Anthem has updated its “Frequently Asked Questions” for its employer clients, which are posted at The most significant development...more

2/16/2015 - Anthem Blue Cross Anthem Insurance Corporate Counsel Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Health Insurance HIPAA PHI Popular

Potential Anthem Data Breach - What to Do Next

As you may have heard in the news by now, as many as 80 million subscribers to health insurance coverage provided by Anthem in as many as 14 states may have been the target of a cyber-attack that could have exposed important...more

2/6/2015 - Anthem Insurance Cyber Attacks Data Breach Employer Liability Issues Personally Identifiable Information

Quick! Do Employers Need To Update Their COBRA Notices?

On May 2, 2014, the Department of Labor ("DOL") issued new model COBRA notices in conjunction with a proposed rule that would shift the role of the DOL's model COBRA notices from a helpful example to an indicator of required...more

5/21/2014 - COBRA DHS DOL Employee Benefits Healthcare Public Health Insurance Marketplace

Supreme Court Overturns The Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals: Holds Severance Payments Subject To FICA Taxes

In this e-Alert, we address the recent United States Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Quality Stores, Inc., et al, No. 12-1408 (Sup. Ct. 03/25/2014), whereby the United States Supreme Court unanimously overturned the prior...more

3/31/2014 - FICA Taxes Quality Stores SCOTUS Severance Pay

New Guidance Issued On Same-Sex Marriage Impact On Benefit Plans

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), the Employee Benefits Security Administration ("EBSA") and the Department of Labor ("DOL") have recently provided new guidance with respect to how lawfully married same-sex spouses will...more

11/22/2013 - DOL DOMA EBSA ERISA FMLA IRS Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

ACA "Pay Or Play" Deadline Extension — What It REALLY Means

On July 2, 2013, the U.S. Treasury announced that the Obama Administration is implementing a one-year delay of the employer and insurer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 ("ACA"). ...more

7/10/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates Fees Form 720 Healthcare Marketplace Notice Pay or Play PCORI Shared Responsibility Rule U.S. Treasury

New Medicare Tax Goes Into Effect January 2013: Year-End Tax Planning For Employers

The Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation team at Polsinelli Shughart have analyzed the potential implications of the new Medicare Tax to their clients' businesses and can provide direct and practical advice on your...more

12/20/2012 - Deferred Compensation FICA Taxes Medicare Taxes Vesting Year-End Planning Year-End Tax Planning

Court Holds Severance Payments Not Subject To FICA Taxes; Refund Claims Should Be Filed Soon

In its recent decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in U.S. v. Quality Stores, Inc., No. 10-1563 (6th Cir., 9/7/2012) held that certain severance payments made to former employees were not subject...more

12/17/2012 - FICA Taxes IRS Severance Pay SUB Tax Refunds Unemployment Benefits

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