Steve Gerlach

Steve Gerlach

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Affordable Care Act Avoidance Scheme: If It Looks Too Good To Be True …

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

5/21/2014 - Affordable Care Act Healthcare Healthcare Reform Medical Expenses

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

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

1/22/2014 - ADA Affordable Care Act Discrimination EEOC Employee Benefits Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates FLSA Healthcare HIPAA Job Descriptions NLRB Performance Reviews Unpaid Interns Wage and Hour

How to Communicate w/Employees About Health Insurance Exchange

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

9/6/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employee Benefits Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Notice Requirements

Defense of Marriage Act Struck Down – What it Means for Employers

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

7/11/2013 - Civil Unions COBRA DOMA Domestic Partnership Employee Benefits ERISA Healthcare IRS Marriage Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits US v Windsor

Affordable Care Act: What’s Delayed and What’s Not

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

7/10/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employer Mandates Healthcare Marketplace Notice Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule U.S. Treasury

Affordable Care Act Update: Employer Exchange Notice & Deadline

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

6/4/2013 - Affordable Care Act EBSA Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Notice Requirements

Countdown to 2014: Prepare for the Affordable Care Act Now

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

3/11/2013 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Healthcare Pay or Play Safe Harbors

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