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IRS Announces 2016 Health FSA, HSA, HDHP and Transportation Plan Limits

The IRS has announced cost of living adjustments for health flexible spending accounts (“health FSAs”) in Section 125 cafeteria plans, contributions to health savings accounts (“HSAs”), out-of-pocket maximums under high...more

End of Year Issues Impacting Employer Health Plans

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

2016 Cost of Living Increases are Rare

On October 21, 2015, in Information Release 2015-118, the IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments to various dollar limitations under the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") for pension plans and other related items for the...more

Potential Penalties Creating Adjustments to Health Care Coverage Plan Offerings

What ACA-related issues have had the most impact on welfare benefit plans and may surface during 2016? JRN: 2015 is the year when the potential to be penalized for not offering employee health care coverage that is both...more

BBA updates Lending Code

BBA and the UK Cards Association have published a revised version of the Lending Code. This self-regulatory code sets standards of good practice when dealing with consumers, micro-enterprises and small charities in the UK for...more

Virtual Currencies: International Actions and Regulations

This chart is provided by Perkins Coie LLP’s Decentralized Virtual Currency industry practice group for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does...more

The (Poorly Named) “Cadillac Tax” Part Two: IRS Provides Further Guidance in Notice 2015-52

The so-called “Cadillac Tax” (Internal Revenue Code Section 4980I) applies starting in 2018 and was intended to provide a means to address what were perceived as overly rich employer-provided health benefit plan designs, as...more

Farm Service Agency Announces Start Of BCAP Enrollment

On August 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the start of enrollment for financial assistance through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to assist in growing new...more

Interagency task force issues recommendations on federal student loan servicing contracts

Pursuant to a March 2015 Presidential directive, an interagency task force consisting of the Department of the Treasury, Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget, and Domestic Policy Council has issued...more

Upper Tribunal Finds That Individual Lacked Integrity Due To Recklessness

In this case report, we consider the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) in Ghanshyam Batra v Financial Conduct Authority [2014] UKUT 214 (TCC), in which the Upper Tribunal upheld the FCA's decision to...more

IRS Previews Its Administration Of The Cadillac Plan Tax And Seeks Comments On Unresolved Issues

The “Cadillac Tax” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. It imposes a 40% excise tax on any “excess benefit” provided to an employee. An excess benefit is the excess,...more

2014 – June, 30 2015 Relief from Employer Excise Tax for Small Employer & S Corporation Payment or Reimbursement of Individual...

Beginning in 2014, a violation of certain healthcare reform rules, such as offering a health plan with annual dollar limits or not providing full preventive care with no employee cost, requires employers to pay an excise tax...more

Not All Health Savings Plans Are Created Equal

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have gained in popularity since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but many employers are unclear about how they differ from more traditional Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). An...more

Reminder: Amendments needed to reflect $2,500 limit on Health FSA contributions by year end

As mentioned in a prior Alert, beginning in 2013 employees’ salary reduction contributions to a health flexible spending account (health FSA) may not exceed $2,500 per plan year. This limit is to be indexed for inflation in...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter

Editor's Overview - As it is well known, in Cigna Corp. v. Amara, 131 S. Ct. 1866 (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court identified several forms of appropriate equitable relief that may be available under Section 502(a)(3) of...more

Law Enforcement Bliss: The SEC As Policeman, Judge and Jury

New York’s Southern District Court Judge Jed Rakoff is always worth listening to. He expresses trenchant views about the rule of law elegantly and politely. He is fearlessly independent. Prosecutors in the US, who are...more

Deadline Approaching to Secure Health Plan Identifier (“HPID”)

Certain group health plans are required to obtain a 10-digit Health Plan Identifier ("HPID") from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") by November 5, 2014. Currently various users of the health care system...more

IRS Guidance on the Application of the Affordable Care Act’s Market Reform Provisions to HRAs and FSAs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published guidance in Notice 2013-54 (the “Notice”) on the application of certain market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act to Health Reimbursement Accounts (“HRAs”),...more

OCC Issues Bulletin That Discusses the Characteristics of and Supervisory Considerations Concerning Mutual Federal Savings...

On July 22, 2014, the OCC issued a bulletin (OCC Bulletin 2014-35, the “Bulletin”) in which the OCC describes the special characteristics of mutual federal savings associations (“Mutual FSAs,” and, collectively with...more

Education Department OIG Reports On Borrower Complaints Against Collection Agencies

On July 15, the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report on its audit of the Department’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office, which revealed that the FSA has failed to effectively: (i)...more

Ian Hannam - Much Needed Clarity On Market Abuse?

Last month the Upper Tribunal (the "Tribunal") rejected an appeal by Ian Hannam ("Hannam") against the Financial Services Authority's ("FSA") (predecessor to the Financial Conduct Authority) controversial 2012 decision that...more

Government launches review of FCA and PRA enforcement processes

On 6 May 2014, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that HM Treasury would undertake a review of the enforcement decision making processes for the Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority...more

New FAQs Address Effect of Affordable Care Act on COBRA and Other Matters

In a wide-ranging set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and other guidance, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services have addressed a number of issues pertaining to the Affordable Care Act...more

FCA Bans Former Derivatives Trader

On February 25, the FCA published the final notice it issued to David Hobbs, a former derivatives trader, banning him from performing any regulatory function. The final notice follows the decision of the Upper Tribunal...more

Same-Gender Marriage Implications for Employee Benefit Plans

In the summer of 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision in U.S. v. Windsor, striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and eliminating the requirement that federal law recognize only marriages...more

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