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The Obama administration will allow health insurers to continuing offering plans that fail to meet the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) minimum requirements for another two years....more
On March 5, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services released a Final Rule addressing, among other things, transitional reinsurance fees payable in the 2014 through 2016 benefit years.
By way of background,...more
In a move that will not come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the rocky implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the Obama Administration has yet again delayed important provisions of the ACA. In a...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
What do you do when one of your employees has informed you of what clearly is an FMLA-triggering event (she needs to care for her dad who is seriously ill in the hospital), but then tells you she doesn't want the absence...more
To encourage employers to provide a tax qualified retirement plan, and to encourage employees to participate in such retirement plans, the Internal Revenue Code ("IRC") provides tax incentives to both...more
On February 26, Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released his much-awaited comprehensive tax reform plan (the “Camp Proposal”). That proposal seeks to cut marginal tax rates...more
We have entered a critical year for healthcare reform, as this is the year in which many of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), or “Obamacare,” go into effect. Many of us are still holding our breath to see...more
How do you defeat two arguments frequently used to challenge an ERISA-governed disability claim denial?
Argument (1) the rationale for the claim denial changed, or
Argument (2) the denial letter failed to tell...more
The U.S. Department of Treasury recently issued final regulations regarding the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provisions under Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) Section 4980H, sometimes referred to as the...more
The Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) generally prevents an otherwise eligible employee (or dependent) from having to wait more than 90 days before coverage becomes effective under a group health plan. The regulation of waiting...more
The Affordable Care Act added the so-called “Play-or-Pay” mandate or “Employer Shared Responsibility” provisions to the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Starting in 2015, certain employers, referred to as “applicable large...more
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Health Care Reform: IRS Issues Final ACA “Pay or Play” Regulations -
The IRS issued final regulations regarding the employer shared responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care...more
A federal court in Oregon recently ruled that employment agreements may impose a reasonable limitation on the time period in which an employee may bring statutory and common law claims against his or her employer, even when...more
This is the second of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part II focuses upon "The Aftermath of the Demise of the Defense of Marriage Act."
The United States Supreme Court in 2013 struck...more
A federal district court in Kansas concluded that attaching a statement of ERISA rights, i.e., a two page document listing and explaining the rights and protections provided by ERISA to plan participants, to a life insurance...more
As was expected, the Quebec government recently tabled Bill 79, An Act to provide for the restructuring of and make other amendments to municipal defined benefit plans, which is aimed at improving the sustainability of...more
In This Presentation:
- Current State Of Health Care Reform
- How Long are the Obamacare Regulations?
- Delayed . . .
- Not Delayed . . .
- The New Model for Health Insurance Coverage
Some, but far from all, employee benefit plans set a limit on the amount of time a participant has to file a lawsuit claiming benefits under the plan. Until recently, however, not all courts would recognize these plan...more
The US Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services ("Departments") released a final rule implementing the 90-day waiting period limitation under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final regulations are...more
So much attention has been paid to the issuance of the final employer shared responsibility regulations that some might have missed the news that final regulations were recently issued under another of the Affordable Care...more
Every year there are developments in employment law that challenge accepted norms of practice and require creative workable solutions. In particular 2013 had several areas that caused some of these “growing pains,” including...more
In essence overruling a previous opinion from the courts of appeal, the Missouri Supreme Court has held that the Federal Employee Health Benefits Act (“FEHBA”) does not preempt Missouri law prohibiting the subrogation of...more
In a decision filed on February 25, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that employees may affirmatively decline to use leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), even if the...more
On February 10, 2014 the IRS issued final regulations on the employer shared responsibility provisions under Section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code. Here is a "Q&A" statement provided by the IRS that answers various...more
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