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The Supreme Court Addresses Federal Health Care Subsidies and Same-Sex Marriage

Two recent Supreme Court decisions have implications for employee benefit plan sponsors: King v. Burwell, decided June 25, 2015, and Obergefell v. Hodges, decided June 26, 2015....more

How Does Arizona Same Sex Marriage Impact HR?

On Friday October 17, 2014, same sex marriages became legal in Arizona. What are the changes that Arizona employers and their HR professionals need to be aware of? 1. The definition of spouse in employee manuals and...more

Benefits Update, No. 3, August 2013: Healthcare Reform: What Was and Was Not Delayed?

On July 2, 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department delayed enforcement of the employer “play or pay” mandate penalties and reporting requirements one year to 2015, stating that covered employers should still comply with the...more

Healthcare Reform White Paper: Countdown To 2014

Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or the “Act”) is now over three years old, the Act’s core requirements will not take effect until 2014....more

A Check-Up for Wellness Programs–Final Wellness Regulations Issued

Since 2006, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has prohibited health plans from discriminating based upon an individual’s health status. Since many modern wellness programs are expressly designed...more

The Future of Domestic Partner Health Benefits

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional in Windsor v. U.S., which is expected to be decided this month, will employers that offer health benefits to employees’...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News Update - April 2013

In this Issue: - Top News ..Large Hospital Systems Settles for $25.5 Million for False Claims Act Allegations ..Catholics’ Challenge to Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Dismissed As Not Ripe - States...more

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - Criminal Background Checks on Employees - Lottery Winnings and Gift Taxes - Fair Housing Act Doesn’t Apply to Roommates - Land Purchasers Get Money Back - LLC Member Personally Liable -...more

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law: Now What?

Last week, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Ac, the sweeping new health care law enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010. Proponents and opponents of the law each have...more

Employment Alert -- A Wave of New Changes to California Employment Laws for 2012

Governor Jerry Brown has approved numerous significant new laws affecting California employers. The following highlights some of these changes. New Mandatory Employee Notification Requirements (AB 469); California...more

Legal Alert: Illinois Civil Union Law Impacts Employers

The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (Public Act 096-1513), which took effect June 1, 2011, provides civil union partners in Illinois all of the legal rights and obligations to which opposite-sex...more

Gavel to Gavel: It's that simple By Mary Steichen

Article first published in The Journal Record - March 17, 2011. With all the changes that have resulted from the recent health care reform legislation, one change could help make things easier for small employers - the...more

Temporary Relief for Insured Group Health Plans: Nondiscrimination Rules Delayed

These group health plan rules continue to confuse and confound. As such, the IRS is delaying the application of the nondiscrimination rules. The nondiscrimination rules for insured group health plans are part of the Patient...more

IRS delays enforcement of non-discrimination requirements for insured health plans By Jim Prince

This Article Authored by McAfee & Taft Attorney: Jim Prince. Effective for Plan Years which begin after September 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "Patient Protection Act") prohibits...more

IRS Temporarily Suspends Compliance With Non-Discrimination Rules

On December 22, 2010, the Internal Revenue Service, with the agreement of the United States Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services, announced that non-grandfathered, fully-insured group health plans...more

Changes for Your Health Plan: Do you want the good news or the bad news first? By Kimberly I. McCarthy, Esq.

The good news: IRS has delayed one of the thornier provisions of federal health reform that would affect all employers: changes to W-2 reporting requirements. The bad news: Employers may well have to change the way they...more

Compensation & Benefits IN FOCUS: Developments in executive compensation and employee benefits - May 2010

In This Issue: *First Wave of Health Care Reform About to Hit Group Health Plans *Insured Health Plans to Comply with Nondiscrimination Rules *Health Plan Coverage of Adult Children Is Tax Free *PPACA Provides a...more

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