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IRS Modifies 'Use-or-Lose' Rule for Health FSAs

IRS Notice 2013-71 recently modified the longstanding "use-or-lose" rule for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) so that covered individuals may now be permitted to carry over up to $500 in unspent funds in their...more

11/13/2013 - Cafeteria Plans Carryover Basis Flexible Spending Accounts Healthcare IRS U.S. Treasury Use or Lose Rule

The DOMA Decision – Employee Benefit Plans Bracing for Impact

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision regarding same-sex marriage. While welcomed by proponents of marriage equality for same-sex couples, the decision left many unanswered questions...more

7/12/2013 - Civil Unions DOMA Domestic Partnership Employee Benefits Equal Protection ERISA Estate Tax Healthcare Marriage Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Obama Administration to Delay Employer Reporting Requirements and ‘Shared Responsibility’ Payments until 2015

On July 2, 2013, the Obama Administration (“Administration”) announced that it will delay the mandatory reporting requirements for employers and health insurers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)...more

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

Final ACA Wellness Program Regulations Released

On May 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service and the Departments of Labor and Health & Human Services released final regulations regarding wellness programs integrated with employer-sponsored health plans. The new wellness...more

6/11/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Final Rules Healthcare Wellness Programs

DOL Releases Exchange Notice Guidance and Model Notices

On May 8, the Department of Labor ("DOL") issued guidance regarding the requirement that employers provide notice to employees describing the coverage options available under Health Insurance Marketplaces (formerly known as...more

5/17/2013 - Affordable Care Act DOL FLSA Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Marketplace Notice

IRS Proposes Regulations on $500,000 Deduction Limit for Compensation Provided by Health Insurance Providers

On April 1, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published proposed regulations clarifying the $500,000 deduction limit for compensation provided by certain health insurance providers, which is contained in section...more

4/29/2013 - Affordable Care Act Healthcare IRS Proposed Regulation Tax Deductions

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