Employer Mandates

Employer Mandates is a term commonly used to describe employer insurance obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide... more +
Employer Mandates is a term commonly used to describe employer insurance obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide minimum essential insurance coverage to their employees or else pay statutory penalties. The concept of an employer mandate is not unique to the Affordable Care Act; many EU countries have their own versions with different and/or expanded employer obligations.  less -
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D.C. Council Approves New Paid Parental, Family, and Medical Leave Act

On December 20, 2016, the D.C. Council approved, by a vote of 9 to 4, a wide-ranging new paid leave system that applies to private employers in the District of Columbia. The Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016 is a bill that...more

Should California Employers Be Insecure About California’s State-Run Retirement Savings Program?

Last September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 1234 (De León) which implements the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program. 2016 Cal. Stat. ch. 804. If you haven’t heard of the program,...more

The Future of the ACA Week 5: The Rep. Tom Price Plan(s)

This week continues our survey of key Republican proposals to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the past two weeks, we have reviewed the Trump/Pence transition plan, entitled “Healthcare Reform to Make...more

Top 10 Trends Facing California Employers in 2017

With a very Democratic state legislature that is well positioned to offset a very Republican White House, the following are the top 10 trends I saw in my practice from 2016 that inform what California employers can expect in...more

D.C. Council Passes Ban on Credit History Screens on Job Applicants, Interns, Employees

The Washington D.C. Council unanimously passed the “Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act” (Bill 21-244) to amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 and prevent employers from taking discriminatory action against applicants,...more

New York State Launches Aggressive Campaign to Enforce The New Minimum Wage Law

On December 31, 2016, the new minimum wage law in New York State took effect. New York’s minimum wage law is among the most complicated in the country. The minimum wage will gradually increase to $15.00 in the coming years,...more

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for the Affordable Care Act?

President-elect Trump has stated repeatedly that one of his initial goals is to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"). Because the Republicans control both houses of Congress, it seems likely that a repeal...more

Morristown, New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Notice and Poster Now Available

In advance of the January 11, 2017 effective date of the Morristown Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, the Town of Morristown, New Jersey just released its “Notice of Employee Rights to Paid Sick Time” (in addition to a Spanish...more

Governor Cuomo Creates Unit To Enforce Increasing New York Minimum Wage

To ring in the New Year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of a 200-member multi-agency Minimum Wage Enforcement and Outreach Unit on January 2, 2017. The Unit’s goal is to ensure that all minimum wage workers in...more

Morristown, New Jersey, Issues Paid Sick Leave Employee Notice

Morristown, New Jersey, has released the “Notice of Employee Rights to Paid Sick Time” for use by employers preparing for the Morristown Paid Sick Leave Ordinance’s January 11, 2017, effective date. (For details on the...more

Morristown Becomes New Jersey's 13th Municipality to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

On January 11, 2017, Morristown will join the growing list of municipalities in New Jersey requiring private sector employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. The Morristown ordinance, initially passed by a 6-1 vote...more

Employers Prepare for Patchwork of Minimum Wage Rates for 2017

With the federal minimum wage stalled at $7.25 an hour since 2009, states, counties, and local governments have increasingly stepped in and passed legislation raising the minimum wage above the federal level. Because federal...more

California Employers: Time to Gear Up for 2017

Now is the time of year for California employers to review the numerous employment laws that will be going into effect in 2017 to ensure that their policies and practices are in compliance and properly address new...more

Los Angeles Passes Rigid “Ban the Box” Law

On December 9, 2016, the City of Los Angeles enacted the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (LAFCIH), a “ban the box” law that is expected to go into effect on January 22, 2017, with monetary fines effective July...more

Labor Department Finalizes Apprenticeship Program Discrimination Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has finalized a rule expanding nondiscrimination and affirmative action requirements in apprenticeship programs registered with the USDOL or state apprenticeship agencies. Program sponsors...more

Paycheck Transparency Mandates of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces E.O. Take Effect January 1

The new paycheck transparency requirements under the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673) will be effective beginning January 1, 2017. The requirements will apply to all new federal procurement...more

NYC Joins the Pre-Trump Push for Employee Work Schedule Protections

New York City has joined several other cities, including San Francisco and Seattle, introducing legislation that offers more predictable, stable work schedules for employees in low-wage occupations. The legislation generally...more

New Leave Laws in Illinois

Illinois employers should be aware of four new leave laws that may require revisions to leave policies and procedures: Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act: Effective January 1, 2017, this act requires Illinois employers to...more

Presidential Pulse: 10 Key Ways the Trump Administration May Impact The Way You Do Business in 2017

Today marks just over a month since Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States. As each cabinet appointment is announced, we get more clues to help us predict which direction the Trump...more

Recent Developments in Patient Engagement and Healthcare Cost Initiatives

In the wake of the recent flurry of commentary on the answer to the question of “What will happen to the Affordable Care Act?” the Commonwealth Fund released a new survey addressing how high-needs patients experience health...more

The Trump Administration: The Future of Health Care

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with the Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely set in motion a major overhaul of...more

Cost-Sharing Subsidies Ruling Adds More Uncertainty to Affordable Care Act

Holland & Knight issued an alert in May 2016 regarding litigation by the U.S. House of Representatives against the Obama Administration and the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia enjoining any...more

New Electronic Reporting Rule for Workplace Injuries in Effect

OSHA’s new rule requiring employers to electronically submit data on workplace injuries and illnesses went into effect yesterday, December 1, 2016. Actual electronic submissions to OSHA, however, do not begin until July 2017....more

Navigating the ACA in the Trump Era

On November 8, 2016, the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became more uncertain. Republicans in Congress have been working to repeal the ACA since it was passed in 2010, and now, with control of...more

IRS Grants Extension of ACA Information Reporting Deadline and Provides Good Faith Standards for 2016 Information Reports

The IRS recently issued Notice 2016-70, which extends certain 2017 deadlines for employer information reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health coverage offered to individuals during the 2016 calendar year. The...more

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