News & Analysis as of

When Did You Last Amend Your Section 125 Cafeteria or Flexible Benefit Plan? Now May Be A Good Time to Dust It Off and Update It

Section 125 Plans, which are commonly referred to as either cafeteria plans or flexible benefit plans, are much loved, and needed, if you want to allow employees to pay health insurance and other premiums on a pre-tax basis....more

PA Overturns Same-Sex Marriage Ban – Employers Face Significant Changes in Employee Benefits and Leave Administration

As a result of the same-sex marriage ban in Pennsylvania being overturned and recent IRS guidance, employers need to be aware of – and immediately implement – significant changes in employee benefit programs and Family and...more

Monthly Benefits Update - December 2013

The following are the most significant employee benefits-related legal developments that occurred in December of 2013. At the beginning of 2013, after considering feedback from our clients and contacts who work in the...more

More IRS Guidance on Cafeteria Plan, FSA, DCAP and HSA Administration Post-Windsor

In Notice 2014-1, the IRS has provided additional guidance for cafeteria plans (including health and dependent care flexible spending accounts) and Health Savings Accounts on compliance with the changes to treatment of...more

IRS Releases Q&A on Elections and Reimbursements in Cafeteria Plans Post-DOMA

On December 16, the IRS released Notice 2014-1, providing additional guidance on administration of employee benefit plans in light of the Supreme Court’s June 26, 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor. Windsor invalidated...more

Employee Benefits Developments - December 2013

RULINGS, OPINIONS, ETC. - Modification of “Use-or-Lose” Rule for Health FSAs - Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2013-71 modifies the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for health flexible spending accounts (health...more

Latest Post-Windsor Guidance from IRS Addresses Issues for Cafeteria Plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Health Savings...

In its latest addition to guidance concerning the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") has issued Notice 2014-1 to address certain issues relating to...more

New Developments Impact Retirement Plans and Other Employee Benefits

Year-End Amendments - The month of December is a bit different in 2013. Typically, we mark this time scrambling to amend 401(k), profit sharing, and money purchase plans in order to maintain their tax-qualified status....more

Employee Benefits Alert: New Developments Impact Retirement Plans & More

Year-End Amendments - The month of December is a bit different in 2013. Typically, we mark this time scrambling to amend 401(k), profit sharing, and money purchase plans in order to maintain their tax-qualified status....more

The Benefits Game: New Carryover Option for Health Flexible Spending Accounts – A Change in The “Use It or Lose It Rule”

Some cafeteria plans already contain optional grace period provisions that modify the strict “use it or lose it” rules for Health Flexible Spending Accounts (“Health FSA” or “FSA”). These grace period provisions permit FSA...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

Monthly Benefits Update - October 2013

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Opens With Technical “Glitches” - The federal health insurance marketplace (also known as the federal “exchange”) began accepting...more

New Rule For Flexible Spending Arrangements: "Use It Or Lose (Some Of) It"

Flexible spending arrangements, or FSAs, have gained popularity among employers over the past fifteen years. Today, approximately 14 million families participate in these benefit plans. ...more

New Guidance Clarifies Health Reimbursement Arrangements Under ACA

Recently issued guidance clarifies the application of certain provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to health reimbursement arrangements, employer payment plans, health flexible spending arrangements and employee...more

Guidance on the Application of Certain ACA Market Reforms to Employer Health Plans

Plan sponsors should review their health reimbursement arrangements, employer payment plans, health flexible spending arrangements, and employee assistance programs to ensure they comply with ACA market reforms....more

Benefits Update, No. 4, November 2012: FSA Rules Changing

Beginning in 2013, employee pre-tax contributions to a flexible spending account (FSA) will be limited to $2,500. In the past, companies could impose their own limits on these employee contributions. Here's what you need to...more

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ALERT: Deadlines loom for 2012 health care reform compliance by Jim Prince

While the timeline for health care reform calls for a phasing in of its key initiatives and compliance measures over several years, employers who provide health plan benefits — and particularly those who offer open enrollment...more

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