Stephen A. Riga

Stephen A. Riga

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: Key Employee Benefits Take-Aways

Last Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its highly-anticipated decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, ruling that all 50 states must license marriages between two people of the same sex and must...more

6/30/2015 - Corporate Counsel Due Process Employee Benefits Employer Group Health Plans Equal Protection Estate Planning Marriage Obergefell v. Hodges Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS

Honored in the Breach: Employer Action Items for an Insurer Data Breach

This morning, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, one of the largest health insurers in the country, notified its policyholders, members, and business partners that it was recently the target of an external cyber attack that...more

2/7/2015 - Anthem Insurance Blue Cross Blue Shield Cyber Attacks Data Breach Employer Group Health Plans Fiduciary Duty PHI Popular Self-Funded Health Plans

At Year End, IRS Issues Guidance On Cafeteria Plan Transitional Rules For Windsor

Finally, some guidance on mid-year cafeteria plan changes that many employers have already permitted in the wake of United States v. Windsor. On December 16, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2014-1,...more

12/20/2013 - Cafeteria Plans Dependent Care DOMA Flexible Spending Accounts Health Savings Accounts IRS Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor

Early Guidance Sheds Light on Impact of United States v. Windsor on Employee Benefit Plans

For many years, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defined marriage under federal law as a legal union between one man and one woman. In June 2013, however, in the case of United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court of the...more

9/9/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits Health and Welfare Plans IRS Marriage Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits U.S. Treasury US v Windsor

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2013

In This Issue: - Immigration. Washington takes the first step toward immigration reform. - State Round-Up. Learn about the latest employment law news in your state. - Traditional. Wade Fricke and Matthew Kelley...more

4/19/2013 - ADA Discrimination EEOC H1-B HIPAA HITECH Immigration Reform L-1 Visas Mental Health Mental Illness PHI Reasonable Accommodation Retaliation Right to Work Visas

HIPAA Omnibus Regulations: Protections for Genetic Information

Today’s post focuses on the treatment of genetic information under the new regulations for the Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Ogletree Deakins has...more

2/5/2013 - GINA HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH PHI Underwriting

New Final Regulations Strengthen HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules

Four years ago, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) introduced major revisions to the Privacy and Security Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of...more

1/25/2013 - Data Breach Data Protection GINA HHS HIPAA HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH PHI Privacy Rule

A Tax-Favored Method Employers Can Use to Assist Employees Affected by Sandy

For those caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy, the past few days represent a life-changing event. Many employers are eager to find a way to assist employees as they address the damage and destruction. Tax provisions passed...more

11/2/2012 - Hurricane Sandy IRS Qualified Disaster Relief Payments

Hurry Up and Wait—New Waiting Period Guidance for Health Plans

The government recently issued Notice 2012-59 (August 31, 2012), describing the 90-day limit for waiting periods to enter group health plans, as added by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This notice provides temporary guidance...more

9/10/2012 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Full-Time Employees Health Insurance Safe Harbors

What To Do with an MLR Rebate Check?

Insurers have begun issuing medical loss ratio (MLR) rebate checks for 2011. Particularly when an MLR rebate is small, you may be tempted to put the check in a drawer and forget about it. Employers should resist that impulse...more

7/24/2012 - Affordable Care Act DOL Employer Group Health Plans ERISA MLR Rebate

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