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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget, Minimum Wage Bill and Bond Negotiations Continue As Statutory Adjournment Looms - As...more

Health Care Congressional Outlook for the Spring Word Period

The next work period basically runs from April 4 to May 27, with both chambers adjourning for a week long recess the week of May 2. Following this work period, there will be five weeks left on the legislative calendar before...more

Washington, D.C. Update – March 2016

With only a handful of items currently active on the House and Senate agendas, FY17 appropriations legislation is the major legislative game in town. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are moving forward with...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Paul LePage Refuses to Swear In Senator-Elect Susan Deschambault - On Tuesday, March 29, a...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Equipment Supplier/Dealer Bill Moving in Commerce - A bill that would tip the scales in contract negotiations between farm and yard equipment suppliers and their local dealers has passed the Senate and is now pending...more

California’s Fair Day’s Pay Act May Impose Liability on Individuals for Wage Claims

Although some states have long imposed personal liability on officers and directors for unpaid wages, the laws in both California and New York have recently been amended to address personal liability. This update addresses...more

News from Second and State

The third and final week of budget hearings wrapped up as the anticipation builds for the House and Senate’s return to Harrisburg on Monday. The Public School Employees (PSERS) and State Employees’ Retirement (SERS) Systems...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Committee Decides Physician Acquisition Disclosure Bill Is Unnecessary - The Senate Health and Welfare Committee has decided not to pursue consideration of S.245, a proposal to require disclosure of new affiliations...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2016 Legislative Session Preview 02/2016

The second year of the 89th Session of the Minnesota Legislature convenes on March 8, 2016. This year’s session is unusually late and will last an atypically short 11 weeks. The February Forecast released today projects...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Support has begun to gel in the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee around a bill that would clarify the status of independent contractors. Many businesses, particularly in the construction industry, have been...more

What Employers Need To Know About Supreme Court Issues After The Passing Of Justice Scalia

Make no mistake, the role of Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court profoundly impacts the balance of power among the branches of our government. Now, with the untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, the void...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #2

Paid Sick Leave Bill Appears on Track for Passage - The Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee on Thursday approved its version of a House-passed bill, H.187, that would require many Vermont...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative long session on January 14 and adjourned September 30. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on...more

State of the Union 2016 – What Will the President Focus on in his Final Year in Office?

While much of last night's State of the Union Address focused on big-picture issues, President Obama did make some specific employment-related comments during the annual speech to the country. One underlying purpose of this...more

The PATH Act Brings Federal Income Tax Changes - The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Enacted in December 2015

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, also known as the PATH Act, was enacted by Congress at the end of 2015. Below are the highlights from that legislation. TAX EXTENDERS - Tax extenders are...more

Deadlines Extended on Cadillac Tax and ACA Forms 1095 and 1094 Reporting

In a recent Omnibus appropriations package, Congress extended the effective date for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) "Cadillac Tax" by two years, from plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, to plan years beginning on...more

ACA Update: Two-Year Cadillac Tax Delay, More Changes Pass in Congress

In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, Congress recently passed major spending and tax bills, that, among other things, amended the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) so-called Cadillac Tax by delaying its implementation for...more

Cadillac Tax Delayed, Made Deductible

In the first significant congressional modification of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since its passage, the notorious "Cadillac tax" on high-cost employer health plans has been delayed two years, from 2018 to 2020. The delay...more

Monday Briefing – Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations Act, Fiduciary Rule, HIPAA Audits, Determination Letters

The “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016? bill has been signed. (whitehouse.gov) (CNN) (GPO). We discussed the bill briefly last week, but a few things are worth repeating...more

ACA’s “Cadillac Tax” Delayed for Two Years to 2020

Last week, Congress approved a provision in an omnibus spending/budget bill that will delay for two years the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac tax,” the controversial 40% tax on high value health coverage. The tax, described...more

Wednesday Benefits Developments – Cadillac Tax, Fiduciary Rule, ACA Reporting & More

Interest rates going up? Easy call. But what about those benefits developments from Wednesday? There’s plenty to digest over the last few weeks in December. Here’s a sampling of what we found interesting....more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Repeals ACA Automatic Enrollment Provision

Despite a marked lack of success for efforts in Congress and through the courts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) completely, or substantially interrupt its implementation, the Bipartisan...more

Washington, D.C. Update – November 2015

In the final week of October, congressional leaders and the White House reached an agreement on a wide variety of measures to "clean the barn" for Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) successor. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015...more

RIP, Automatic Enrollment

Sixty-seven months ago, Congress ordered employers of 200 or more full-time employees to switch from opt-in to opt-out enrollment. See 29 U.S.C. § 218a. But the enforcement agencies could not write a rule that did more good...more

Bipartisan Budget Deal Includes Provisions Impacting Employers

On Monday, President Obama signed into law a two-year bipartisan budget deal that has several implications for employers. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314) suspends the debt ceiling limit until March 2017, and...more

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