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New Legislation Proposes to Repeal and Replace the ACA

by Perkins Coie on

The U. S. House of Representatives (the House) proposed two bills to “repeal and replace Obamacare” last week, and while many popular consumer protections under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) look to be...more

House ACA Bill Contains Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Energy and Commerce Committee released proposed legislation on March 6, 2017, to partially repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was signed into...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

Will Employers’ ACA Obligations Change Under the Trump Administration?

by Perkins Coie on

During his campaign, President-elect Trump promised to make the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a priority. Now that the election is over, what should employers expect? We don’t have a crystal ball,...more

Client Alert: IRS Announces Increases for Health FSAs and HSAs

by Fraser Trebilcock on

The IRS has just released its 2017 annual inflation adjustments, in which it announced that the dollar limitation under Code section 125 on voluntary employee salary reductions for contribution to health flexible spending...more

Did You Know...The Qyburnian Resurrection of the Jiffy June Standard: The New Battle of Cash-in-Lieu and the Reasonable Rate of...

by Nossaman LLP on

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit held in Flores v. City of San Gabriel that an employer was liable to a class of employees for failing to include cash-in-lieu of benefits payments in its calculation of the...more

End of Year Issues Impacting Employer Health Plans

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

With the end of 2015 fast approaching, employers should be aware of certain issues under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and...more

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

Monthly Benefits Update - December 2013

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

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

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

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...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

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

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

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

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

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”

by Saul Ewing LLP on

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

by Akerman LLP on

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

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

by Morgan Lewis on

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

by McAfee & Taft on

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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