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Employee Benefits Implications of Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

On June 26, 2015, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court of the United States determined that it is unconstitutional for a state to ban same-sex couples from exercising the fundamental right to marry. As a result of this...more

The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: Key Employee Benefits Take-Aways

Last Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its highly-anticipated decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, ruling that all 50 states must license marriages between two people of the same sex and must...more

What the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means for Employers

On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its long-awaited opinion in the Obergefell case, striking down bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional and legalizing same-sex marriage in every state. We posted...more

Supreme Court Rejects Latest Challenge to Affordable Care Act: What Are Employers' Obligations Going Forward?

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld one of the main pillars of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the tax credits that allow millions of Americans to afford health care insurance on the public...more

US Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision Upholding Current ACA Structure

Now is the time for employers to focus on next steps. Yesterday, the US Supreme Court, in a 6–3 decision, held that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations issued in 2012 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...more

Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies on Federal Exchanges: McGuireWoods Healthcare Reform Guide: Installment No. 51

This is the 51st in a series of WorkCite articles concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its companion statute, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (referred to collectively as the...more

Supreme Court Decides King v. Burwell

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States decided King v. Burwell, No. 14-114, holding that tax credits authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are available to individuals who purchase...more

United States Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act Subsidies

As we previously reported, one of the greatest challenges to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Act”) came in King v. Burwell, otherwise known as the Obamacare subsidy lawsuit, where the plaintiffs challenged the ACA...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Premium Tax Subsidies

Action Item: Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling to uphold the premium tax subsidy regime of the Affordable Care Act is of critical importance to individuals and employers alike regarding the availability of federal tax...more

Supreme Court's Labor And Employment Decisions - 2014-2015 Term

The United States Supreme Court's most recent term has been marked by a series of significant rulings that serve to alter the landscape of labor and employment law in significant ways. Over the past few months, the Court has...more

The skinny on narrow networks

The insurance exchanges created under Affordable Care Act have facilitated increased competition. Old version managed care models implemented cost-savings measures like pre-authorizations for medical care, hospital length of...more

May Companies Reduce Employee Hours to Avoid ACA Requirements?

The Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) generally requires that large employers offer health coverage that meets certain requirements to their full-time employees (i.e., employees working 30 hours or more per week) and their...more

Agencies issue proposed regulation on summary of benefits and coverage and uniform glossary

In December of 2014, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor (“DOL”), the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) (collectively, the...more

Alert: Health Plan Update on Out-of-Pocket Limitations

The Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) established limitations on the annual out-of-pocket costs that a health plan may impose on a participant. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and the...more

Is Your Company Prepared for the Changes to CFRA Leave?

The changes to employees’ rights to take leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) go into effect July 1, 2015. Your company should be prepared only if it has done the following (...). The amended CFRA...more

IRS Publishes FAQs Related to ACA Reporting for Employers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published a set of questions and answers on its website providing additional guidance on ACA reporting obligations for employers. As we have written in previous alerts, these...more

Administration Releases Final ACA Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary Rule

On June 12, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released final regulations regarding the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) and the...more

EEOC Guidance: Redesigning Wellness Programs to Comply with the ADA

Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been actively taking legal action against employers over wellness programs that it considers coercive under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), companies...more

Agencies Clarify Cost-Sharing Limits Under the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) have issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) clarifying the limitations on cost sharing under...more

June and July 2015 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

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. To avoid such...more

Supreme Court Tightens Standards for Vesting of Retiree Medical Benefits

In January of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court, in M&G Polymers USA LLC v. Tackett, ruled against a group of retirees by vacating a Sixth Circuit decision holding that a collective bargaining agreement created a vested right...more

Week in Review – June 2015

Special Session – Not Yet - Governor Mark Dayton and House Republican leaders on Monday tentatively agreed to a two-year school spending budget, moving them one step closer to avoiding a partial government shutdown...more

What's Next in Employee Wellness: Impact of the Affordable Care Act and New EEOC Initiatives  [Video]

The Affordable Care Act provides employers with a road map on how to implement and administer employee wellness programs. Spilman attorneys Eric Kinder and Erin Jones Adams discuss the components of an effective wellness...more

GM Not Obligated to Make $450 Million Contribution to Fund Union Retiree Health Benefits

The Sixth Circuit held that GM was not obligated to contribute $450 million to fund retiree health benefits for UAW members because the most recent contract between the UAW and GM extinguished GM’s former obligation to...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Regulations on Employee Wellness Programs

In the past year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed lawsuits against certain employers challenging the legality of their “wellness programs.” Wellness programs provide incentives to employees...more

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