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Health Care Reform Update – American Health Care Act Shelved

The American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), the legislation intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), was shelved on Friday, March 24, 2017, ending for now efforts to repeal the ACA. The AHCA, described in...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Important Clarification For Independent Contractor Test

On March 21, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued an important ruling, finding that an individual may be still considered an independent contractor under the state’s Unemployment Insurance Act even if he/she only...more

Perspectives for Employers on the Proposal for Health Reform About to Be Voted on in the House

Congress is scheduled to vote on the revised proposal to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (the ”ACA”). This bill is currently called the American Health Care Act of 2017 (the “2017 Bill”). It is important to...more

Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Benefits Upon Discharge for Absenteeism – the Employer’s Policy May Be More Generous, But Not...

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued a decision in an unemployment insurance benefits case on March 8 that provides clarity where an employee is discharged for absenteeism. The case is Wisconsin Department of Workforce...more

The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 7: The American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017, after years of promising, GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), the first concrete legislative proposal detailing the initial provisions designed to...more

Is Obamacare Lite Really Less Calories? What Employers Need to Know

As predicted, Congress is taking action to repeal and/or alter major sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). To get the process started, various committees in the United States House of...more

ACA Brief: Path to Repeal—The American Health Care Act Unveiled

This ACA Brief is the fourth in a series of installments that will closely track congressional and administrative actions relating to ACA provisions that affect large employer-sponsored plans. On March 6, 2017, the U.S....more

21st Century Cures Act overrules IRS guidance on HRAs, enhances enforcement of Mental Health Parity Act

The 21st Century Cures Act (CCA), which passed with strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and the Senate in early December, was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016... Originally...more

Employment Law - March 2017

Future of DOL's White Collar Overtime Rule Remains Unclear - Why it matters - The uncertainty surrounding the Department of Labor's (DOL) white collar overtime rule continues, with the agency requesting more time to...more

Key Provisions of the American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives unveiled two bills that aim to repeal and replace the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bills, collectively called the American Health...more

Labor Department Boosts Disability Claimant Protections

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) recently issued a final rule addressing disability benefit claims and appeals (see 81 FR 92316). The rule adds new procedural protections and safeguards meant to ensure disability...more

House Committees Reveal Draft of Bill to Modify and Repeal Portions of the Affordable Care Act

On Monday, two House committees with oversight over health care and taxation, Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, released draft reconciliation bills designed to repeal and alter significant portions of the Patient...more

American Health Care Act – Key Takeaways for Employers and Plan Sponsors

On March 6, 2017, the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee released budget reconciliation recommendations that will, after mark-up beginning on March 8th, form the American...more

The House’s American Health Care Act: Rearranging the ACA Furniture or Rebuilding the Room?

On Monday, March 6, 2017, the two House committees with primary jurisdiction over matters at the core of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) each released a committee print that the committees say will, combined, become the House...more

Does the Fiduciary Exception Apply to Legal Advice Received By Insurers During the Claims Process

Seyfarth Synopsis: Adding to the body of conflicting authority on the scope of the attorney-client privilege in ERISA lawsuits, a district court has found that the fiduciary exception to attorney-client privilege applies to...more

Final Disability Claims and Appeals Regulations – Be Prepared to Comply

In December 2016, the Department of Labor issued final regulations under ERISA governing claims procedures for group disability plans, which will become effective January 1, 2018. Generally, these regulations were drafted to...more

Is Obamacare About to Get Trumped? - House Republicans Propose to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Earlier this week, on March 6, 2017, House Republicans released their proposals to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare." The proposals would remove the...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Public Retirement Boards' Fiduciary Role When Adjudicating Disability Retirement Applications

In a victory for the San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association (“SBCERA”) and the nineteen other county retirement systems administered under the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (Gov. Code, § 31450 et...more

A New Employer Healthcare Plan: Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA)

Until very recently, employers were at risk of receiving steep fines if they reimbursed employees for non-employer sponsored medical care – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) included fines of up to $36,500 a year per employee for...more

Insurance Coverage – Exclusion for Vehicles “Normally Made Available”

Purchasing optional liability coverage for employees’ foreseeable personal use of company vehicles can prevent your employees from being financially at risk. Javier Medina v. Geico Indemnity Company ...more

IRS to Process Tax Returns That Lack Certification of ACA-Required Coverage

In the wake of the President’s January 20, 2017 Executive Order directing a reduction in regulatory burdens imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS has quietly announced that it will continue to process income tax...more

Regulatory references: the new rules of recruitment for the financial sector

On 7 March 2017, the recruitment practices of banks and insurers are changing with the introduction of mandatory regulatory references. It is expected that these rules will be rolled out to all PRA and FCA authorised firms in...more

The new regulatory references regime in the UK

The UK's Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority are introducing a new tool to enhance the accountability regime being rolled out in the financial services sector. On 7 March 2017, the new...more

ACA Changes – What is Being Considered? A Look Inside The Leaked Republican Bill

On February 24, a Republican draft reconciliation bill was leaked to Politico. While it hasn’t been introduced or acknowledged by House Republicans it provides the most comprehensive look so far at how House Republicans plan...more

New SBC Template Goes Into Effect April 1

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new template for the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) last year. As background, the Affordable Care Act requires health plans and health insurers to annually distribute SBCs...more

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