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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

The EEOC's View of Wellness Programs

The EEOC’s regulations allayed many concerns over the permissible level of incentives/penalties, as well as the challenge of dealing with inconsistent requirements under the various laws. Originally published in The HR...more

DMEC Conference Focuses on Leaves and Reasonable Accommodation

Last week, the Disability Management Employer Coalition held its annual conference in New Orleans. The conference focused on how employers can bring individuals with disabilities into the workplace and manage their needs once...more

Basic Contract Issues for New Physician Contracts

When physicians have finally completed the medical education journey, many are confronted with a “physician employment contract,” usually from a hospital or medical practice, which could define the essential terms of their...more

Proposed Form 5500 Changes & the new Schedule J: Big Changes for Small Group Health Plans

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed changes to the Form 5500 and schedules that will affect ERISA Title I group health plans of all sizes, but small group health plans should be especially aware of the changes....more

OSHA's New Rule Impacts the Health Care Industry

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule that becomes effective January 1, 2017 requiring healthcare industry employers to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness...more

It’s Time to Update Physician Noncompete Agreements in Connecticut

There have been a number of recent legislative developments that will impact physician noncompete agreements entered into in Connecticut. First, any physician noncompete agreement entered into on or after July 1, 2016, must...more

Check Up on Healthcare Fraud Prosecutions

Chief compliance officers face an overwhelming level of risk in the healthcare sector. I do not mean to belittle the risks of corruption, AML, sanctions and other risks typically associated with global companies. Healthcare...more

Zika Transmission in New York, and Now in Florida - Some Legal Thoughts

In eight years of climate change blogging we think we have uniformly been able to steer clear of the prurient and the provocative, the lewd and the lascivious. But then came word last Friday from New York that the New York...more

Paying Employees to Opt Out of Insurance? BEWARE

Seyfarth Synopsis: That “win-win” in contract negotiation wherein employees are paid to opt out of employer insurance has become much more complicated thanks to the IRS. Basically, if bargaining parties do not follow new IRS...more

Best in Law: Beware of In-Lieu-Of Payments to Employees

Employers who allow their employees to opt for taxable cash payments in lieu of health benefits must consider the value of the payments when calculating overtime rates, a federal appellate court has ruled. Originally...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

Health Alert (Australia) July 11, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth 30 June 2016 - Prain v Comcare[2016] AATA 459 In early 2011, Mrs Prain accepted a position at...more

OSHA Hits Employer with Hefty Fine for Failing to Protect Employee from Assault by Client

A national home health care provider, doing business in York Pennsylvania as Epic Health Services, was recently issued a citation and significant fine by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in connection...more

Time for a Wellness Check on your Wellness Program? New EEOC Regulations Could Diagnose Need for Change

In light of new rules from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers should examine their wellness programs now (and during open enrollment for next year) to determine the potential impact of the final...more

DOL Rule Imposes Significant Increases in Penalties for Employee Benefit Plan Violations

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an interim final rule that significantly increases various penalties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). The interim rule is the...more

Business Associates of HIPAA Covered Entities Beware!

If your organization is a business associate of a HIPAA covered entity (such as a health care provider or employee health benefit plan), you should know that the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Health Plan Opt-Out Payments

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has issued proposed regulations that include additional guidance on the treatment of employer-provided opt-out payments for purposes of affordability under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)....more

House Passes Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

Despite repeated guidance from the IRS that employer payment plans violate insurance reforms under the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”), many small employers continue this arrangement of reimbursing employees for their cost of...more

New Notice Requirements For Employer Wellness Programs

Employers who sponsor employee wellness programs must plan now to comply with a new notice requirement that takes effect soon. Beginning with the first plan year on or after January 1, 2017, employers sponsoring wellness...more

NLRB Strikes Healthcare Facility Conduct Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has provided clear signals that the unique, patient-centric environments of general hospital and medical centers—and even surgical services and perianesthesia departments—will not...more

CMS 2017 Proposal Reduces Home Health Reimbursements by $180 Million

On June 27, CMS issued a proposal for the 2017 Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS). CMS is proposing a $180 million reduction in 2017. This equates to a 1% drop in reimbursements for home health...more

Recreating with Pot Should be Legal but I Can't Convince Myself to Vote Yes

In the summer of 1968, I was fortunate to land a job as a meat packer at Bolton & Smart, one of the many wholesalers then located in Boston’s Clinton Street Market, on what is now mainly the site of Christopher Columbus Park...more

An Expanding Universe of Healthcare Provider Liability: The United States Supreme Court Endorses “Implied False Certification”...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Universal Health Services Inc. v. U.S. et al. ex rel. Escobar et al., the United States Supreme Court found a healthcare provider liable under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) for material omissions on...more

EEOC Final Rules on Wellness Programs and the ADA – Worth the Wait?

On May 16, 2016, the EEOC issued final rules that explain how the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) applies to employer sponsored wellness programs. Although some may welcome the guidance, others may be frustrated...more

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