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IRS Issues Guidance on Health FSAs

The IRS has issued guidance on two issues affecting health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs). The first provides guidance on how a health FSA that consists solely of amounts carried forward from the prior year...more

Monthly Benefits Update - December 2013

The following are the most significant employee benefits-related legal developments that occurred in December of 2013. At the beginning of 2013, after considering feedback from our clients and contacts who work in the...more

Year-End Health and Retirement Plan Guidance Grab Bag

Following Hawaii’s enactment of legislation recognizing same-sex marriage as of and after December 2, 2013 a number of additional pieces of guidance were also issued. Internal Revenue Service’s Frequently Asked Questions...more

IRS Releases Q&A on Elections and Reimbursements in Cafeteria Plans Post-DOMA

On December 16, the IRS released Notice 2014-1, providing additional guidance on administration of employee benefit plans in light of the Supreme Court’s June 26, 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor. Windsor invalidated...more

Latest Post-Windsor Guidance from IRS Addresses Issues for Cafeteria Plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Health Savings...

In its latest addition to guidance concerning the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") has issued Notice 2014-1 to address certain issues relating to...more

IRS Issues Guidance Allowing Health FSA Carryovers

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published Notice 2013-71, which provides guidance on the circumstances under which employers may amend their cafeteria plans to allow a carryover of up to $500 of unused amounts...more

Health Flexible Spending Arrangements Become More Flexible

New federal guidance makes health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) participation more attractive to employees. IRS Notice 2013-17 provides a new exception to the FSA “use it or lose it rule.”...more

Certain Plan Designs Will Cost More Under The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Fees

The Affordable Care Act establishes a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute as a private nonprofit corporation to assist patients, clinicians, purchasers and policy makers in making informed health decisions using...more

A Guide to Employee Benefits Administration and Leaves of Absence

Laws Providing Leaves of Absence - Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - The FMLA, as relevant here, requires covered employers to provide eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave due to a serious...more

FSA And HRA Amendment Alert

Last year's Health Reform Act prohibited tax-free reimbursement of over-the-counter medicines obtained without a prescription (other than insulin) by health care flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health care reimbursement...more

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