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Court Cases Challenge English-Only COBRA Election Procedures

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two pending federal cases could reveal situations in which employers with a significant multi-lingual workforce should provide translated versions of their COBRA election materials....more

More Hurricane Relief & Expansion of DoL Relief to Hurricane Irma

by Winstead PC on

Leave donation program was extended to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma today. The new leave donation program permits an employee to donate his leave to a charitable organization that is eligible to receive charitable...more

Comprehensive FAQs For Employers On Hurricanes And Other Workplace Disasters

by Fisher Phillips on

This list of frequently asked questions was originally prepared by the law firm of Fisher Phillips in 2005, in response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. It has been updated several times over the course of the past 12...more

IRS and DOL Provide Relief for Plan Sponsors and Participants Affected by Hurricane Harvey

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) issued temporary relief on deadlines and procedural requirements applicable to employee benefit plans for employers impacted by Hurricane Harvey. ...more

Check your COBRA Notice!

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Just when you thought it was “safe to go back in the water,” a new flurry of class action claims based on asserted deficient COBRA notices is drawing the interest of class action plaintiff law firms....more

First Round of Hurricane Harvey Relief Guidance

by Winstead PC on

No good deed goes unpunished and as soon as I hit send on the last alert on Hurricane Harvey relief, three more pieces of relief guidance relevant to employers and their employee benefit plans were released. The Internal...more

Hurricane Harvey Deployment - Revisiting Leave Issues

by Winstead PC on

It is important for employers to remember that important employee leave issues may arise in the wake of a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey. Any employer may receive requests for leaves related to Hurricane Harvey and...more

Telemedicine – An Expanding Landscape

by Bryan Cave on

According to one recent survey, telemedicine services (i.e., remote delivery of healthcare services using telecommunications technology) among large employers (500 or more employees) grew from 18% in 2014 to 59% in 2016. ...more

Loss of COBRA Subsidies – A Marketplace Conundrum

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While helping employers craft severance packages, we have often cautioned that a well-meaning offer by an employer to subsidize a former employee’s COBRA coverage for a period of time can result in unintended consequences....more

Severance Agreements – Three Tax Traps for the Unwary

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Severance agreements – especially severance agreements for terminating executives – are ripe with potential tax planning challenges and opportunities....more

Golden State Worriers: California Labor & Employment Bills to Watch

by Littler on

When it comes to legislation, for California employers it's the final countdown. June 2 was the last day for bills to pass out of their house of origin. September 15 is the deadline for these bills to pass both legislative...more

Telemedicine: Proceed With Caution

by Fisher Phillips on

One of the hottest benefit trends in 2017 is the adoption of free or low-cost “telemedicine” programs to provide employees easy and affordable access to medical care. However, you need to proceed with caution when introducing...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 3

Below are key health care reform developments from the week of May 22nd. CBO/JCT Estimate for AHCA Released. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released an updated cost estimate...more

Issues for Employers as Health Care Legislation Moves to the Senate

by Jones Day on

ABSTRACT - Although the American Health Care Act, as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, mainly affects the individual and small group health insurance markets, it has implications for large employers. The repeal of...more

Changes to Stabilize HealthCare.gov Have Implications for Employer Sponsored Health Plans

by Winstead PC on

We learn early on that for any action there is a reaction. On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services released “Market Stabilization” final regulations that will impact group health plans as they plan for 2018....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

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

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

Highlights of Record Retention Requirements Applicable to Employee Benefit Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In the presentation “Highlights of Record Retention Requirements Applicable to Employee Benefit Plans,” Todd A. Solomon detailed the general rules of The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). He discussed...more

Health Care Reform in Transition While Congress Deliberates

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Changes are imminent for the Affordable Care Act and a range of other laws and regulations affecting the health care industry. Ballard Spahr attorneys established a Health Care Reform Initiative in 2008 to monitor and analyze...more

Avoiding COBRA’s Bite: Measures to Counter COBRA Class Actions

by Perkins Coie on

With the filing of a class action complaint in late 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. became the latest large company accused of failing to provide adequate notices as...more

Caution: Non-Compliant COBRA Election Notices may be Costly

by Bryan Cave on

Earlier this year, an employer was sued in a class action in Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida for violating the notice provisions of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985...more

New Law Permits Stand-Alone Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) For Small Employers

On December 13, 2016 President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act. The law had been approved with bipartisan support in the House by a vote of 392 to 26 and in the Senate by a vote of 94 to 5. The law addresses...more

How Does the 21st Century Cures Act Affect Employee Benefits?

There are two key benefits takeaways for employers in the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama signed into law on December 13, 2016. The act, which passed both houses of Congress by large...more

21st Century Cures Act Would Give Small Employers Greater Use of HRAs

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Passed swiftly by Congress, the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) seeks to hasten cures for killer diseases, among other things. President Obama is expected to sign the bill on Tuesday, December 13. One of those other things...more

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