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ACA, HIPAA, COBRA and HSA Penalties: What Do They Mean?

What do all of these acronyms stand for and why do employers and human resource professionals care? These acronyms stand for statutory requirements which apply to employer-provided health plans and stiff penalties can apply...more

Failure to Provide COBRA Notice May Not Result in Penalties

Occasionally employers who act as the plan sponsor of a group health plan discover that they have neglected to send a “COBRA notice” to an employee who has been terminated. Recent Federal Court decisions within the Eighth...more

Group Health Plans: Year-End Action Items and Upcoming Changes

Group health plan sponsors turn their attention to completing 2013 tasks, implementing upcoming 2014 changes, preparing for the ACA Shared Responsibility requirement in 2015, and documenting recent extensive plan changes....more

Employee Benefits Update: 2013 Year End Plan Tasks

As we approach the end of the year, employers and plan sponsors of qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans should take time to meet various upcoming deadlines. Failure to comply with the deadlines may result...more

IRS Changes Health FSA "Use-or-Lose" Rule; Clarifies Transition Relief for 2013-14

On October 31, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2013-71 (Notice), which modifies the "use or lose" rule for health flexible spending accounts (health FSAs) to allow a $500 annual carryover of unused...more

Complying with the Affordable Care Act’s Exchange Notice Requirement

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to require employers of all sizes to provide their employees a notice of the availability of coverage through public...more

Government Agencies Release Additional Guidance on Minimum Essential Coverage, Minimum Value and Summary of Benefits and Coverage

As discussed in our March 20, 2013 Legal Alert – Health Care Reform’s Large Employer Play or Pay Penalties: A Checklist for Employers, large employers will be subject to a penalty tax if they either: (1) fail to offer...more

Are You Ready to Pay the PCORI Fee?

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund fee is a fee imposed on insurance carriers of fully-insured group health plans and on plan sponsors of self-insured group health plans to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes...more

PCOR Trust Fund Fee Due Soon for Many Plans

Calendar-year plans should use updated IRS Form 720 and related instructions to file by July 31 deadline. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2012, plan sponsors of...more

Massachusetts Fair Share Law and HIRD Form Requirements Repealed

Effective July 1, 2013, the Massachusetts “Fair Share” Law1 has been repealed as part of the Commonwealth’s 2014 fiscal year budget package.2 The Fair Share Law, in effect since 2006, required that employers doing business in...more

The Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision: What Does it Mean for Employee Benefit Plans?

On June 26, 2013, in U.S. v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) that defined marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. This decision will...more

DOL Guidance on Notice of Exchange Options

New notice describing availability of Exchange coverage must be provided by October 1, 2013. ...more

Ramifications of the Overturning of DOMA on Employee Benefit Plans

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which required the federal government to deny married same-sex couples the rights and benefits provided to...more

Defense of Marriage Act Struck Down – What it Means for Employers

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act will have a major impact on the benefits employers provide to employees. Pending IRS guidance, employers should review benefit plans and...more

SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA – Employer Obligations In Virginia, D.C. And Maryland

Employers must take heed and review their employee benefit packages in light of the Supreme Court’s opinion, United States v. Windsor, finding that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The opinion directly...more

Supreme Court Finds DOMA to Be Unconstitutional -- Impact on Employers Explained

On June 26, 2013, a majority of the Supreme Court held in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage for purposes of federal law as the union of a man and a woman, is...more

Recent Employee Benefit Developments

HIPAA Final Regulations - In January of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services issued final regulations (also referred to as the “Omnibus Rule”) that include changes to the privacy, security and breach...more

Healthcare Reform White Paper: Countdown To 2014

Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or the “Act”) is now over three years old, the Act’s core requirements will not take effect until 2014....more

Department of Labor Sets October 1 Deadline for Employers to Send Health Benefit Exchange Notices; COBRA Election Notices Must...

As reported in our January 31, 2013 Navigating Health Care Reform Alert, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (collectively, the “Affordable Care Act”)...more

Health Insurance Marketplace Notice Requirements

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 ("PPACA"). Shortly thereafter, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 ("HCERA") was signed into law. PPACA...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - June 2013

Our articles this month focus on health care reform. First, Jim Napoli and Brian Neulander comment on the potential for litigation under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) whistleblower protections and ERISA Section 510 as a...more

Employer Health Insurance Marketplace Notice Guidance Issued—October 1, 2013, Deadline

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued model notices that employers may use to satisfy the Health Insurance Marketplace notice required beginning October 1, 2013....more

Affordable Care Act Update

On May 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued temporary guidance for employers to help them meet their obligations to notify employees of their health insurance exchange coverage options. State health insurance...more

New Notice Requirements To Employees Regarding Health Insurance Exchanges And COBRA

All employers who employ one or more employees and are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) must provide a new notice to employees no later than October 1, 2013 regarding the availability of health coverage under...more

DOL (Finally) Issues Model Exchange Notice

On May 8, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued long-awaited temporary guidance and a model notice to be provided to employees about upcoming coverage options through the health care exchange, known as the Marketplace,...more

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