Cafeteria Plans

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Year-End Action Item: Section 125 Cafeteria Plan Amendments

Employers that permit employees to pay for certain benefits, such as health coverage, on a pre-tax basis under an Internal Revenue Code Section 125 plan (also known as a “cafeteria plan”) may be required to make the following...more

IRS Allows Cafeteria Plan Election Changes to Coordinate With ACA Exchanges

New IRS guidance adds two more events that allow participants to change their cafeteria plan elections outside of the annual open enrollment period. These events are designed to coordinate with the employer coverage rules and...more

IRS Increases Maximum Employee Contribution to Health Care FSAs for 2015

The IRS announced yesterday that the maximum annual employee contribution to a health care flexible spending account plan is increasing by $50 to $2,550 for 2015 (up from the $2,500 limit that has applied since 2013)....more

New IRS Guidance May Require Amendments to Section 125 (“Cafeteria”) Plans

Many employers permit employees to pay for employer-sponsored health coverage, on a pre-tax basis, under Internal Revenue Code section 125 (“cafeteria”) plans. These plans generally require employees to make an irrevocable...more

Recent Employee Benefit Developments - October 2014

IRS Expands Cafeteria Plan Status Change Events - On September 18, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2014-55, which establishes two new change in status events for cafeteria plans. The new change in...more

Health Plan ID Requirements and Other End-of-Year Considerations

Employers and other health plan sponsors may be focused on preparing for the commencement of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act on January 1, 2015, but a number of other deadlines and developments are emerging...more

New Developments and Impending Deadlines for Employer Group Health Plans

As the federal government agencies continue to push forward with implementation and administration of health care reform (i.e., the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), there are two recent developments that we want...more

New ACA Rules Allow Employees a Second Trip Through the Cafeteria Plan Election Line

Under Notice 2014-55, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will now permit a cafeteria plan to allow an employee to revoke his election for coverage under the employer's group health plan in order to purchase a qualified health...more

New Cafeteria Plan Change in Status Options

In Notice 2014-55, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced two new situations in which employees may change their health plan elections midyear under their employer’s cafeteria plan. In the first, an employee’s hours...more

IRS Expands Permissible Mid-Year Cafeteria Plan Elections

On September 18, 2014, the IRS issued Notice 2014-55, which expands permissible mid-year election changes under “cafeteria plans” to address two specific situations that have arisen in connection with the implementation of...more

Legal Alert: New PPACA-related “Family Status” Changes for Cafeteria Plans

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Notice 2014-55 to permit new health plan elections in two situations where they were not previously allowed. ...more

When Did You Last Amend Your Section 125 Cafeteria or Flexible Benefit Plan? Now May Be A Good Time to Dust It Off and Update It

Section 125 Plans, which are commonly referred to as either cafeteria plans or flexible benefit plans, are much loved, and needed, if you want to allow employees to pay health insurance and other premiums on a pre-tax basis....more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 14: IRS Notice 2014-55 Gets the Employer Shared Responsibility...

The Treasury Department and the IRS had a busy week issuing no less than five Affordable Care Act guidance items, consisting of...more

IRS to Amend Cafeteria Plan Regulations to Facilitate Enrollment in Marketplace Coverage

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Notice 2014-55, which expands the cafeteria plan “change in status” rules to allow plans to offer employees an option to revoke their elections...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 27: COBRA, Marketplace Coverage, Stability Periods, and...

Recent developments under the Affordable Care Act and COBRA, and existing rules governing mid-year election changes under cafeteria plans, have combined to make it challenging for certain terminating employees and those...more

New Guidance For Cafeteria Plans, FSAs and HSAs

In June 2013, the Supreme Court held unconstitutional a federal law requiring only opposite-sex marriages to be recognized for federal law purposes. The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued initial guidance in September...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2014

This month we look at part three of our three part series on Class Actions. In part three, Robert Rachal and M. Todd Mobley address the role of experts in class certification post Wal-Mart and Comcast and how to use and...more

Nondiscrimination Testing for Health and Welfare Plans

Some employee benefits enjoy a tax-favored status under the Tax Code, but such favorable tax treatment applies with respect to certain highly compensated individuals only if the plans satisfy applicable nondiscrimination...more

Same-Gender Marriage Implications for Employee Benefit Plans

In the summer of 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision in U.S. v. Windsor, striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and eliminating the requirement that federal law recognize only marriages...more

IRS Releases FAQs on Cafeteria Plan Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses Post-DOMA

The Internal Revenue Service has released a series of FAQs to answer several outstanding questions following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Windsor, which struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. The most...more

Legal Alert: DOL and Treasury Update 2013-2014 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits

On November 26, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda. This publication takes the form of a Federal Register notice to comply with certain administrative requirements. The DOL’s...more

IRS Relaxes Certain Cafeteria Plan Election Rules

IRS Notice 2014-01, issued December 16, 2013, provides guidance for plan sponsors of Code Section 125 cafeteria plans and Code Section 223 health savings accounts (“HSA”) regarding plan elections made by same-sex spouses....more

Year-End Health and Retirement Plan Guidance Grab Bag

Following Hawaii’s enactment of legislation recognizing same-sex marriage as of and after December 2, 2013 a number of additional pieces of guidance were also issued. Internal Revenue Service’s Frequently Asked Questions...more

More IRS Guidance on Cafeteria Plan, FSA, DCAP and HSA Administration Post-Windsor

In Notice 2014-1, the IRS has provided additional guidance for cafeteria plans (including health and dependent care flexible spending accounts) and Health Savings Accounts on compliance with the changes to treatment of...more

IRS Releases Q&A on Elections and Reimbursements in Cafeteria Plans Post-DOMA

On December 16, the IRS released Notice 2014-1, providing additional guidance on administration of employee benefit plans in light of the Supreme Court’s June 26, 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor. Windsor invalidated...more

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