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Issue 108: HHS Moves Ahead In Face of ACA Uncertainty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and eighth issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of...more

That’s Life. . . Insurance: The Employer Duty To Notify A Terminated Employee Of The Right To Convert

Employer provided life insurance as a part of a group plan is a terrific benefit to offer employees. However, employers must be aware that offering such a benefit also imposes certain responsibilities on them. Many...more

Proposed Employee Wellness Legislation Might Undermine Protections of GINA

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employees who don’t want to disclose genetic information about themselves and their families to their employers may have to pay a stiff price for that privacy in the future. The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R....more

Final Disability Claims and Appeals Regulations – Be Prepared to Comply

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In December 2016, the Department of Labor issued final regulations under ERISA governing claims procedures for group disability plans, which will become effective January 1, 2018. Generally, these regulations were drafted to...more

Money for Nothin’ and Strikes for Free!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers should not presume that they are permitted to stop paying for employees’ medical benefits once they go out on strike. In a 2-1 decision, the NLRB recently held that — at least in some...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

Health Savings Accounts Considerations for Employers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The health savings account (“HSA”) has become, since its creation in 2003, an increasingly popular option for employers to subsidize employee group health costs. Employees with HSAs can save money, on a tax-free basis, for...more

Upcoming Group Health Plan Annual Reporting Deadlines

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

With all the recent and pending changes shaking up the Employee Benefits world, at least a few things are remaining constant.  Here are a few upcoming annual reporting deadlines for group health plans...more

[Webinar] Update on Preparing for the Trump Administration – What Employers May Expect - February 16th, 10:00am PST

If recently signed executive orders by President Trump are any indicator, changes are in store for employers in 2017. With current legislation and regulations under scrutiny and the future of ACA uncertain, employers are...more

Small Employers Can Ring In The New Year With A Brand New Health Reimbursement Arrangement Benefit

by Laner Muchin, Ltd. on

On December 13, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act) was signed into law. It allows small employers to offer stand-alone qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs) to employees who have...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor’s Overview - In 2016, we saw a considerable uptick in the number and variety of excessive fee lawsuits commenced against plan fiduciaries of defined contribution plans. We begin the year by taking a look at these...more

Is EEOC Regulation of Wellness Plans Legal? — Seventh Circuit Declines to Say Yes

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Seventh Circuit has stymied an EEOC attempt to declare that employer wellness plans violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The court decided that the issues raised by the suit are moot, and deferred to...more

Update #2: Relief Extended For “Opt-Out” Payments for Health Coverage

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The IRS has extended the relief available to employers who offer an “opt-out” payment to employees who decline company medical coverage. This means that for 2017, such payments, whether conditional or unconditional, will not...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

Raising the Bar to a Perfect Score: Corporate Equality Index to Look for Expanded Health Benefits as Measure of LGBT Workplace...

Employers looking for strong scores on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) in coming years may have to make some unexpected changes to their health benefit programs. Benefit programs are one key component of CEI ratings,...more

Looking Forward/Looking Backward – Day 1 Notes from the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference

A large amount of wind, much discussion about the U.S healthcare, and the public getting soaked again – if you were thinking about Washington, DC and the new Congress, you’re 3,000 miles away from the action. This is the week...more

New Law Enables Small Employers to Resume Health Reimbursement Arrangements

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

One of the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act had been the elimination of health reimbursement arrangements as a tool for small employers to avoid the complexities of maintaining a group health plan and the...more

Cures Act Lets Small Employers Reiumburse Premiums

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, which allows small employers to maintain health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) for the purpose of reimbursing employees for the cost of...more

Court Rejects AARP’s Request to Block EEOC’s Final Wellness Rules -- Wellness Rules Took Effect as Scheduled on January 1, 2017

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued final regulations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) with respect to employer-wellness...more

Key 2017 Legal Changes that Employers and Federal Contractors Must Know About

by Genova Burns LLC on

Ready or not, 2017 is upon us and with it come many regulatory changes and important deadlines for employers and individuals. Make sure your New Year’s resolutions include compliance with the following changes and deadlines...more

QSEHRAs: End-of-Year Legislation Provides a New Health Care Option for Small Employers

by Alston & Bird on

Tucked at the end of the recently enacted 300-plus-page 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) is a provision that offers certain small employers a new opportunity to help employees purchase individual market major medical...more

21st Century Cures Act Permits Standalone HRAs for Small Employers

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 13, permits small employers to offer standalone health reimbursement arrangements that may reimburse individual market insurance premiums, among other...more

Small Employers Have New Health Reimbursement Option Under Cures Act

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 13, 2016, contains a smorgasbord of health-related provisions, from reforming federal mental health policies to increasing funding for medical...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - December 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

This month Richard Zall, Chair of Proskauer's Health Care Department, explores developments likely to occur with respect to the Affordable Care Act as a result of the new administration. In our Rulings, Filings and...more

Delaware Healthcare Industry Update

by Morris James LLP on

House Bill 439, sponsored by Representative Bryon Short and Senator Patricia Blevins, addresses the situation of “surprise” bills. That is, the situation when a patient seeks and receives care, and is unaware that the...more

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