Employer Mandates Healthcare Open Enrollment

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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HHS Publishes Final Rule on Exchanges, SHOPs, and Eligibility Appeals

Final regulations required for October 1, 2013 open enrollment are largely unchanged from the proposed rule. On August 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the Department of Health and Human...more

The Employer’s Playbook for ACA Compliance: October 1, 2013 Deadline to Provide Health Insurance Marketplace Notice

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase health insurance coverage online through the new health insurance coverage exchanges (now known as “Marketplaces”)....more

CMS Issues Final Program Integrity Rule for Affordable Insurance Exchanges

On August 30, 2013, CMS published a final rule establishing certain program integrity requirements for the private health insurance marketplaces—called Affordable Insurance Exchanges (or Health Insurance...more

Obama Administration Postpones Health Care Reporting And Penalties Until 2015

On Tuesday, July 2, the Treasury Department announced that the Administration will delay the Affordable Care Act’s mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements for another year. These requirements will not take...more

Employment Law Advisory for August 21, 2013: Health Care Reform: What Employers Need to Know Now

Last year, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the sweeping health care law enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010. Many of the most important provisions of the law...more

Stand and Be Counted: Determining Full-Time Employees Who Must Be Offered Affordable Health Benefit Coverage Under The Employer...

The article "Start Counting," published in the June 3, 2013, edition of the Benefits Broadcast discussed how employers must "count" themselves into compliance with the ACA, and how the number of employees affects whether an...more

Now for Everything Else: What Employers Still Need To Worry About Between Now And 2015

For the past several months (and, in many cases, years), most large employers have been preparing for the consequences of offering (or not offering) their workforce health coverage and complying with the complexities...more

Too Soon for Party Hats: Employers Face Array Of "Underground" Challenges Following The Employer Mandate Delay

Like many, I was initially relieved when I read the July 2, 2013, announcement by the U.S. Treasury Department, effectively providing "large" employers with up to an additional year (to 2015) to comply with the ACA's Employer...more

Ramifications of the Overturning of DOMA on Employee Benefit Plans

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which required the federal government to deny married same-sex couples the rights and benefits provided to...more

Department of Labor Sets October 1, 2013, Deadline For Employers To Give Employees Notice Of Exchange Available Under the...

On May 8, 2013, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued guidance to employers for giving notice to employees as required by Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) § 18b. Section 1512 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...more

SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA – Employer Obligations In Virginia, D.C. And Maryland

Employers must take heed and review their employee benefit packages in light of the Supreme Court’s opinion, United States v. Windsor, finding that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The opinion directly...more

Play or Pay Rules—Compliance Delayed Until 2015

On July 2, 2013, the Obama administration announced through the U.S. Department of the Treasury that the penalties for employers under the “Play or Pay Rules” will not go into effect until 2015....more

The Employer’s Playbook for ACA Compliance: Ten Practical Strategies for 2014

The Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Health Care Reform, or the ACA) is complicated. While there is nothing in the ACA that requires any employer to provide group health care coverage to its employees, the failure to do so can come...more

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