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EEOC Releases Sample Notice for Wellness Programs

As we reported last month, the final Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) rules require employers who offer wellness programs that include disability-related inquiries or medical examinations to provide a written notice to...more

COBRA Notices May Include Additional Information on Exchanges

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an FAQ addressing the inclusion of information about the Health Insurance Exchanges (Marketplace) in COBRA notices. The guidance could be very helpful for employers in directing...more

School’s Out! So What’s With This Summer Employment Law Quiz?

No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks . . . except for one little quiz on employment law issues that come up during the summer. Don’t worry about your score – I’m told that Teacher already has...more

Transitioning to Coverage: Three Things to Know About the New Transgender Healthcare Regulations

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued final regulations implementing the nondiscrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act. As we discussed in our March 30, 2016 blog, the rule...more

HHS Issues Final Rule on ACA Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued final regulations interpreting the nondiscrimination provisions of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The rule mainly impacts insurers...more

The Stealth Excise Tax Under Section 4980D of the Internal Revenue Code

Most employers are by now well aware of the “pay or play” penalties that may apply if the employer fails to offer coverage to substantially all of its full-time employees or offers coverage that fails to be affordable for...more

Data Security Safeguards Can Help Healthcare Employers Withstand Cyberattacks—and Government Audits

The last couple of years have brought a steady rain of bad news for the healthcare industry when it comes to data security: Insurers faced with massive data breaches affecting thousands of health plans and millions of...more

How to Respond to a Notice From the Health Insurance Marketplace That Your Employee Has Qualified for an Advance Premium Tax...

Starting in 2016, the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace (the “Marketplace”) will send notices to applicable large employers whose employees received advance premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, if those...more

EEOC Issues Sample Notice For Employers Offering Wellness Programs

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today posted on its website a sample notice that will help employers who have wellness programs comply with their obligations under a recently issued...more

EEOC Weighs in on the Impact of the ADA and GINA On Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

On Monday, May 16 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued two final regulations providing guidance on how employer-sponsored wellness programs work with the general antidiscrimination requirements of Title...more

Sample ADA Notice for Wellness Programs

The EEOC has published a sample notice intended to help employers comply with the notice requirement under the new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) final rule (published on May 17, 2016). The final rule requires...more

EEOC Model Wellness Program Notice

On June 16, 2016, the EEOC issued its model notice to be used in conjunction with wellness programs that ask disability related inquiries or require medical examinations. The notice requirement applies prospectively to...more

EEOC Issues Sample Wellness Program ADA Notice

As discussed in a prior alert, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued final rules providing guidance on the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information...more

Proposed Rules for Expatriate Health Plan and Certain Excepted Benefits under ACA

Newly proposed regulations address the application of the Affordable Care Act to expatriate health plans (whether insured or self-insured), travel insurance and certain other excepted benefits, effective for plan years...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Wellness Program Incentives Under the ADA, GINA

On May 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) finalized regulations on wellness program incentives permissible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”), which prohibits discrimination...more

New IRS Memo Confirms Tax Treatment of Wellness Programs & Incentives

In a recently released IRS Chief Counsel Memo, the IRS confirmed that wellness incentives are generally taxable. The memo also, indirectly, confirmed the tax treatment of wellness programs more generally....more

Finally final: Rules offer guidance on how ADA and GINA apply to employer wellness programs

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finalized two rules that describe how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act...more

Hospital and Fixed Indemnity and Disease-Specific Policies in the Cross Hairs: Tri-Agency Proposed Rule Portends Some Disruption

On June 10, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (The “Departments”) issued a set of proposed regulations dealing with expatriate health plans, excepted benefits, lifetime and annual limits, and...more

New Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Guidance from the DOL

In Depth - The US Department of Labor (DOL) has provided guidance on health plan provisions that could trigger a violation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008...more

EEOC Issues Final ADA Regulations on Wellness Plans

The EEOC’s issuance on May 16, 2016, of final regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on employee wellness programs represents the close of another chapter in the history of confusion regarding rules...more

Practical Steps for Employers Responding to the EEOC’s Final Rules on Employee Wellness Programs

An employer may offer financial incentives to its employees for participating in employee wellness programs that receive health-related information, subject to certain limits. On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment...more

EEOC Releases Final Rule Revising the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

In a much anticipated move, on May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued final regulations governing the treatment of wellness programs under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”), as...more

The EEOC's New Corporate Wellness Regulations

With so much coverage of the DOL's new overtime regulations, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) May 16, 2016 regulation affecting wellness programs has gone mostly unnoticed. The rules describe how the...more

New IRS Enforcement Interpretation Takes Aim At Tax Status Of Certain Wellness Program Payments

Employers have plenty on their plates to think about on the subject of wellness plans these days. New EEOC regulations and new court decisions will keep employers on their toes in evaluating their current wellness plan...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules Regarding Workplace Wellness Programs To Better Align HIPAA's Employee Wellness Program Goals And EEOC's...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two final rules regarding employer-sponsored wellness programs. The issue arose at the intersection of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA),...more

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