A questionable ACA avoidance scheme has recently come to my attention. The scheme purports to significantly reduce costs associated with ACA compliance by using a so-called Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan or “MERP.” Under...more
Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm...more
With the rollout of the Health Insurance Exchange (the “exchange”)—also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace—scheduled for this fall, and the employer’s exchange notice due by October 1, employers need to know how to...more
The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act will have a major impact on the benefits employers provide to employees. Pending IRS guidance, employers should review benefit plans and...more
On July 2, the Department of the Treasury announced a one-year delay in the implementation of certain parts of the Affordable Care Act’s reporting requirements, as well as a delay in the assessment of “pay-or-play” penalties....more
Earlier this month, the Employee Benefits Security Administration issued a technical release which provides guidance and a solid deadline for employers required to provide exchange notices to their employees. ...more
Originally published in New Hampshire Business Review on March 8, 2013.
The Affordable Care Act is the most important piece of employee benefits legislation since the passage of ERISA in 1974. And in the past few...more