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The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 37: Stalking the Elusive “Variable Hour Employee”

For “applicable large employers” (i.e., generally, those employers who employed an average of at least 50 full-time employees on business days during the preceding calendar year), determining which employees are “full-time”...more

Can We Define "Full Time" To Mean Something Less Than 40 Hours Per Week?

Q. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), do we have to define “full time” to mean 40 hours per week, or is that left to employers’ discretion? Can we maintain a 40-hour standard for wage and hour purposes, but have a...more

Health Care Reform: Who is a Full-Time Employee?

Determining who is a full-time employee is an essential task under health care reform’s employer mandate, which generally imposes significant penalties on large employers who fail to offer their full-time employees affordable...more

Final ACA Shared Responsibility Regulations Released

Plan sponsors now have the final piece of the puzzle needed to finalize their 2015 pay-or-play strategies. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently issued the highly...more

IRS Final Rule Partially Delays ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Requirement

On January 10, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations governing the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final rule addresses application of the...more

Who Is a Full-Time Employee Under the Affordable Care Act?

Beginning January 1, 2015, the large employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all full-time employees be offered minimum essential, affordable coverage. Penalties will be assessed for each month that a...more

Monthly Benefits Update - October 2013

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Opens With Technical “Glitches” - The federal health insurance marketplace (also known as the federal “exchange”) began accepting...more

Employee Or Independent Contractor – The War Has Been Waged

The battle between employers and government agencies over the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors (an “IC”) has been waged for years. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S....more

Federal Agencies Go After “Misclassified” Landmen

Are your landmen independent contractors? Are they employees? What do they look like to the government?...more

Healthcare Reform And Seasonal Guest Workers

Many employers are eagerly watching the U.S. Congress as it debates comprehensive immigration reform legislation. However, employers of foreign workers need to be aware of another comprehensive reform already enacted—the...more

IRS Issues Proposed Rules For Employer “Shared Responsibility”

With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the horizon, employers are focused on the costs associated with benefits plans and medical coverage....more

The Obamacare “Play or Pay” Rules: A Practical Approach

The IRS recently released new proposed regulations to implement the Shared Responsibility or “Play or Pay” provisions of Health Care Reform. The proposed regulations provide a wealth of detail on key issues required to...more

Who is an employee and who is an independent contractor under the employer mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act...

As we have written in this space in the past, whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor can have many consequences. The classification can determine whether the principal is liable for the negligent acts...more

Affordable Care Act: Preparing for 2014

President Obama’s re-election confirmed that the Affordable Care Act will continue to be rolled out, and that its “pay-or-play” rules will become effective on January 1, 2014. These provisions require public and private...more

Penalties and Measuring Periods for Large Employers - How to Assess Potential Liability under the Affordable Care Act

Under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), a large employer is subject to penalties if it fails to offer to full-time employees and their dependents health coverage or if the coverage that it offers is not affordable or does not...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Employer-Shared Responsibility under ACA

On December 28, 2012, the IRS issued proposed regulations with respect to employer-shared responsibility regarding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Employers are permitted to rely on these proposed...more

Employers Subject To The Play Or Pay Penalties Under Health Care Reform

Beginning in 2014, large employers are subject to one of two “shared responsibility” penalties under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), commonly known as the play or pay penalties. The Internal Revenue...more

The Affordable Care Act’s “Play Or Pay” Mandate: How It Works

The Affordable Care Act added the so-called “Play or Pay” mandate or “Employer Shared Responsibility” provisions to the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Starting in 2014, certain employers may be subject to a penalty tax,...more

Affordable Care Act Update: IRS Issues Proposed Rule-Making Clarifying Employer Coverage Requirements

The IRS recently proposed new rules regarding the shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a set of questions and answers to clarify coverage requirements. ...more

Benefits and Compensation Alert - January 2013: IRS Issues Proposed Regulations On The “Employer Shared Responsibility” Penalties...

To make certain that 2013 will be as exciting as 2012, on January 2 the US Treasury issued proposed regulations under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), which was added to the Code by the Patient Protection...more

Monthly Benefits Update - January 2013

In This Issue: - Health & Welfare Plans ..Health Care Reform: IRS Issues Proposed “Pay or Play” Regulations ..Health Care Reform: IRS Issues FAQs on Various ACA Issues ..HHS Issues Final HIPAA Regulations...more

Roadmap to Compliance: Navigating the Employer Shared Responsibility Rules

Earlier this month, the IRS issued proposed regulations that provide much-needed guidance on the new “pay or play” rules (also called the shared responsibility rules) that will apply to employers’ group health plans beginning...more

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations on the Affordable Care Act's Play or Pay Mandate

On January 2, 2013, the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (collectively “IRS") published proposed regulations ("Proposed Regulations") on the Affordable Care Act's employer shared responsibility provisions,...more

Health Care Reform: "Employer Mandate" Guidance Issued

The U.S. Treasury Department recently released new guidance to assist employers (generally those with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees) in preparing and planning for the 2014 requirement to offer...more

Determining if the Affordable Care Act “Play or Pay” Rules Apply to a Business

Under the Affordable Care Act, a large employer is subject to penalties if it fails to offer to full-time employees health coverage or if the coverage that it offers is not affordable or does not provide minimum value. These...more

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