Dipa N. Sudra

Dipa N. Sudra

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Final EEOC Wellness Plan Rules – The Headache Continues

Many employers have implemented wellness programs to encourage employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle and reduce medical claims. In recent years employers have revised wellness programs to comply with final regulations under...more

6/9/2016 - ADA Affordable Care Act EEOC GINA HIPAA Wellness Programs

Going Green: What Procedures Should You Consider for 2016 Electronic ERISA Disclosures?

In the ever-increasing push to “go green,” many employers are opting to distribute required notices and disclosures to employees via e-mail or through website postings. Plan sponsors are asking: Can an employer rely on an...more

12/16/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Employee Benefits ERISA Posting Requirements Retirement Plan

EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Regulations: Time for Another Check-Up

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has finally issued proposed regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding wellness programs. The proposed regulations amend existing regulations and...more

4/21/2015 - ADA Affordable Care Act Corporate Counsel EEOC Health Insurance HIPAA Hiring & Firing Pre-Employment Health Screenings Proposed Regulation Wellness Programs

Employers: What the Anthem Breach Means to You

On Feb. 4, 2015, Anthem announced a data breach involving the personal information of more than 80 million individuals resulting from what it characterized as a sophisticated, targeted cyber-attack. Group health plans may be...more

2/10/2015 - Anthem Insurance Best Practices Breach Notification Rule Corporate Counsel Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity HIPAA Personally Identifiable Information

Washington State Same-Sex Registered Domestic Partnerships Automatically Convert to Lawful Marriages on June 30, 2014

On June 30, 2014, same-sex domestic partnerships registered with the Washington Secretary of State will automatically convert to lawful marriages, unless one of the partners is age 62 or older, or the domestic partners have...more

6/30/2014 - Domestic Partnership Same-Sex Marriage

Do Your Qualified Retirement Plans Recognize Same-Sex Spouses as of June 26, 2013?

The IRS has published Notice 2014-19 and related FAQs regarding the application of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor and Rev. Ruling 2013-17 to qualified retirement plans. All retirement plans should be...more

4/14/2014 - Compliance Employee Benefits IRS Qualified Retirement Plans Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor

Does Your Wellness Plan Need a (Legal) Check-Up?

Wellness plans must comply with complex final regulations that were issued last year by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”). To help plans from falling off...more

1/24/2014 - Compliance DOL Employee Benefits Healthcare HHS U.S. Treasury Wellness Programs

UPDATE - Same-Sex Marriage Cases: Immediate Impact on Benefit Plans

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Windsor v. United States holding that same-sex marriages valid under state law are now recognized at the federal level, thereby transforming the treatment of...more

7/1/2013 - Civil Unions COBRA DOMA Domestic Partnership Employee Benefits Equal Protection ERISA FMLA Hollingsworth v Perry Income Taxes Proposition 8 Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Standing US v Windsor

Same-Sex Marriage Cases: Are Your Benefit Plans Prepared?

News articles, social media, protests, and lunchroom conversation were all dedicated to the two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Hollingsworth v. Perry and Windsor v. United States could potentially transform...more

3/29/2013 - Benefit Plan Sponsors DOMA Employee Benefits Employer Group Health Plans Equal Protection ERISA Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS

Domestic Partner and Same-Sex Marriage Laws: Approval of Washington Marriage Equality Act and Impact on Employee Benefits

On Nov. 6, 2012, Washington voters approved same-sex marriage in Washington state. This advisory explains the impact of this new law on employee benefit plans and procedures, and revisits the treatment of employee benefits...more

11/13/2012 - Ballot Measures COBRA DOMA Domestic Partnership Employee Benefits Employer Group Health Plans ERISA QDRO Same-Sex Marriage

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