The United States Department of Labor is a federal executive department established in 1913 and headed by the Secretary of Labor. The Department's mission is to promote workers's general welfare and... more +
The United States Department of Labor is a federal executive department established in 1913 and headed by the Secretary of Labor. The Department's mission is to promote workers's general welfare and improve working conditions.
What You Need to Know About New Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez
As Supreme Court Defines “Clothes,” Biggest Impact Will Be on Judiciary’s Deference to DOL
Corporate Law Report: Workplace Romances, FMLA Changes, California Tax News, and More
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the three federal agencies with primary responsibility for implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA),...more
Topics we will cover:
• Issues with Control Groups
• Issues with Prohibited Transactions
• Fee Disclosure
- Excerpt from Who is in the Control Group?
• Aggregation Rules (Section...more
Several governmental agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), have stepped up their audit...more
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
I am a fan of the original Highlander movie with Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. The subsequent sequels and television series make the cannon of the series nonsensical, but I do love the original. Maybe it’s because of...more
Health Care Reform: Agencies Issue Final Regulations on Wellness Programs Under ACA -
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized...more
Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the "Act") will prohibit group health plans and group health insurers from imposing waiting periods greater than 90 days of employment....more
Does your 401(k) plan pay higher than average fees? Do you have more than one qualified plan?
A number of recent reports indicate why you may receive special scrutiny if your plan is selected for audit or...more
On April 23rd, the DOL, HHS and IRS (the “Agencies”) released an updated template for the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) that group health plans and issuers are required to send to plan participants....more
Health Care Reform: Agencies Issue Proposed Regulations on 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation -
On March 21, the IRS, DOL, and Department of Health and Human Services issued proposed regulations on the 90-day waiting...more
Retirement plans can be an effective means for employee retention and tax savings. However if not operated properly, a retirement plan can inadvertently expose the employer to liability from unhappy plan participants and the...more
In his inaugural address in 1933 amidst the Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that the only thing we had to fear was “fear itself”. 1933 predates ERISA by 40+ years, so FDR clearly didn’t understand the dilemmas of...more
On December 28, 2012, the IRS issued proposed regulations with respect to employer-shared responsibility regarding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Employers are permitted to rely on these proposed...more
Section 2708 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides that group health insurers and group health plans may not impose a waiting period on participants if the waiting period is more than 90 days. The Internal Revenue...more
To make certain that 2013 will be as exciting as 2012, on January 2 the US Treasury issued proposed regulations under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), which was added to the Code by the Patient Protection...more
In a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted to the Department of Labor’s website on January 24, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (the “Departments”) put a stop to an approach to...more
In This Issue:
- Health & Welfare Plans
..Health Care Reform: IRS Issues Proposed “Pay or Play” Regulations
..Health Care Reform: IRS Issues FAQs on Various ACA Issues
..HHS Issues Final HIPAA Regulations...more
On January 28, 2013, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announced updates to its Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance (DFVC) Program.
In This Issue:
- Top News
..CMS, IRS Issue Proposed Rules on Health Insurance Mandate, Minimum
- Essential Coverage
..Insurers Weigh Options for Exchange Participation
..Quality Improvements in Care...more
In this issue:
- Assess the Workforce
- Choose Whether to "Pay" or to "Play"
- Evaluate Existing Wellness Programs and/or Implement New Wellness Programs to Enhance Employees' Health Profiles and to Avoid or Minimize...more
Employers and plan sponsors must comply with numerous filing and notice deadlines for their retirement and health and welfare plans. Failure to comply with these deadlines can result in costly penalties and excise taxes. To...more
In 2012, the Department of Labor (DOL) continued a fairly active program of issuing individual exemptions from the prohibited transaction rules of ERISA. These rules generally prohibit, among other things:
- Sale and...more
Five federal agencies have collectively proposed regulations to implement elements of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") healthcare reform legislation designed to encourage employers to sponsor employee wellness programs. The...more
The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months.
- On December 24, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its 2012 Semi-Annual...more
The world did not end last week, and so it is that time again to reflect on the year behind us and to consider what is on the horizon for the upcoming year. What resolutions will we make for 2013? Will we train for an Iron...more
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