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Hot Topics in Employer Health Benefits

As we start looking forward to 2017, and as many employers head into annual enrollment periods this fall, employers need to be aware of recent changes in the law that have a significant impact on health benefit plans. This...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – September 2016

New Guidance Affects Wellness Program Design - Over the last several months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) have provided additional guidance regarding the...more

District Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Claims in Texas

After several years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently dismissed disparate impact claims filed against the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) in the fair...more

District Court Dismisses Disparate Impact Claim of Inclusive Communities

A federal court in Texas recently dismissed a housing discrimination claim that was based on alleged disparate impact under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the latest in a series of decisions applying landmark U.S. Supreme Court...more

Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Officially the Tax Law of the Land

Effective tomorrow, September 2, 2016, new IRS final regulations will take effect which provide that for federal tax purposes, the terms “spouse,” “husband,” and “wife” mean an individual lawfully married to another...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2016

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) generally provides that, if a plan providing for deferred compensation fails to comply with Section 409A, either in form or in operation, then all amounts deferred...more

Department of Labor Increases Penalties for Certain ERISA Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published on July 1, 2016, an interim final rule adjusting the civil monetary penalties that it can enforce. These adjustments are the result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...more

What Businesses Should Know About the 2016 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2016 "short" session. A number of bills considered by Legislators will impact businesses of all types. Here are some highlights from this year's session....more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - June 2016

Editor's Overview - In this month’s newsletter, our colleagues focus on two sets of legislative updates. First is a discussion of the IRS’s proposed Treasury Regulations prescribing rules under Section 457 of the...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate spent the final three days of the legislative session debating the remaining House bills on the calendar as well as bills returned from the House. Members worked late into the night...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Employee Wellness Programs

Employee wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular in the workplace as a way to boost employee morale and increase productivity. If not carefully crafted, however, employee wellness programs can run afoul of Title I...more

NC Legislative Update - May 2016 #2

Last Week - The week predominantly focused on the developing budget in the House. The bill filing deadline for budget bills and bills from study committees was last Tuesday. As a result of this deadline, numerous bills...more

NC Legislative Update - May 2016

This Week - Lawmakers had a relatively quiet week in terms of legislation. House appropriators reviewed the Governor’s budget proposals, and handful of bills moved as anticipated. House and Senate leadership agreed to a...more

Bumpy Road to Start the Legislative Session

Jones Street is like a gravel road right now – BUMPY! Just a month ago, in a rare move, the General Assembly called itself into session for one day to enact House Bill 2 which is now referred to as the “Bathroom Bill”. The...more

So You’ve Filed Your 1095-C…Now What?

As companies complete their Section 6055 and 6056 reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now it’s time to be on the lookout for notices regarding ACA penalties....more

North Carolina 2016 Pre-Session Legislative Update

Gaveling in the 2016 Session - Lawmakers will return to Raleigh next week for the 2016 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly, which will gavel in at 7:00 PM on Monday, April 25th. Following a nine-month...more

News from Second and State

The capitol was a hive of activity this week, with both House of Representatives and the Senate in session for the start of a two-week stretch before the primary election. On Monday, the House Health Committee reported out...more

EEOC Loses Another Wellness Case, Part 2 – Beware the ACA Penalties

In my last blog post, I discussed a recent loss by the EEOC in its efforts to limit the ability of employers to require employees to complete health risk assessments (HRAs) or biometric screenings in order to enroll in the...more

Tax Court Holds Damages Not Attributable to Physical Injury

Section 104(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code provides an exclusion from gross income for damages received for physical personal injury or physical sickness. The statute further provides that emotional distress is not a...more

Injury to feelings compensation: taxable or excepted?

Moorthy v. HMRC [2010] UKUT 13 (TCC) - In the long-running case of Moorthy, the Upper Tribunal has held that an injury to feelings compensation payment made in connection with a termination of employment was taxable as a...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Feb. 2016 #4

ASTM Updates Property Condition Assessments Standard - The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) published at the end of 2015 the latest version of the Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments:...more

Health and Welfare Plans: Big Compliance Burdens, Big Penalty Exposures

Health and welfare have been around for a long time, and they are ubiquitous. Employees have come to expect medical, dental, life, and other insurance as part of their benefits packages. Employers offer coverage in order to...more

New Year, New Employment Laws: Changes New York Employers Need to Know

The legal landscape for employers is rarely static for an extended period of time, and 2015 delivered several important changes for New York employers. Although some of these developments affect companies operating statewide,...more

IRS Proposes Permanent Nondiscrimination/Coverage Relief for Closed Pension Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued proposed regulations that would provide permanent relief from certain coverage and nondiscrimination testing requirements to defined benefit plans that are closed to new...more

IRS Guidance on Employee Benefits Implications of Supreme Court Obergefell Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2015-86, which provides some additional clarification, in the form of questions and answers, on the treatment of same-sex spouses under tax-qualified retirement plans...more

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