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The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 20: 9.5% ? 9.56% (And Why It Matters to Applicable Large...

While employers sometimes view the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (or “pay-or-play”) rules in isolation, they don’t operate that way. Instead, they exist side-by-side with other provisions of the Act. In...more

Your Company Is a ‘Large Employer’ Under the Affordable Care Act—Now What? Requirements for Coverage and Potential Penalties

The Affordable Care Act (the ACA or the Act) requires ‘‘large employers’’ (90 DLR I-1, 5/9/14) with 50 or more full-time employees to offer health insurance coverage to their eligible employees and their dependents or face...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 30: The IRS Tells Us that Employer Payment Plans (Really,...

The IRS recently issued two Q&As on the subject of employer payment plans, the purpose of which was to again underscore that arrangements purporting to allow an employer to reimburse employees on a pre-tax basis for premiums...more

Monthly Benefits Update

Health & Welfare Plans - July 1 Deadline to Begin Measuring Employee Hours for ACA Employer Mandate/“Pay or Play” - As we have discussed in many previous alerts, the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared...more

Health Care Reform: Beware of Litigation Risks

As almost all employers know, one of the many requirements of health care reform is the so-called employer mandate. The employer mandate generally provides that large employers who fail to offer their full-time employees...more

Employee Benefits: Skinny Plans and Other Low-Cost Coverage Strategies Under the ACA

Beginning in 2015, an employer that employed at least 100 full-time employees (or full-time equivalents) during 2014 will become subject to the shared responsibility (employer mandate) provisions of the Patient Protection and...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 36: Hacking the Affordable Care Act’s $100/Day Penalties for...

Particularly with the issuance of final regulations under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules, employers have been concerned—justifiably—with the pay-or-play penalties. ...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 39: Common Law Employees and Offers of Coverage on Behalf of...

Distinguishing employees who are full-time from those who are not takes up a good deal of real estate in final regulations published in the Federal Register on February 12 implementing the Act’s employer shared responsibility...more

Are You Susceptible To The Employer Mandate? Diagnose Yourself

Effective January 1, 2015, you could come down with tax penalties under the employer shared responsibility rules of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if you fail to offer health care coverage to your full-time employees and their...more

Prepare for the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act

Effective January 1, 2015, you could face tax penalties under the employer shared responsibility rules of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if you fail to offer health care coverage to your full-time employees and their...more

Employers Must Decide Whether to Pay or Play By 2015 (or is it 2016?)

The employer “shared responsibility” provision of the Affordable Care Act, is commonly referred to as an “employer mandate.” But it is more aptly called the “pay or play” rule, because employers will still not technically be...more

Final Regulations Clarify Requirements Under Pay or Play Mandate and Extend Transition Relief for Some Employers

On February 10, 2014, the IRS issued final regulations implementing the employer shared responsibility provisions (the “Pay-or-Play Mandate”) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”). The final regulations...more

Obama Administration Delays Another Provision of Affordable Care Act

The Obama administration will allow health insurers to continuing offering plans that fail to meet the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) minimum requirements for another two years....more

Oh, What a Shock! Provisions of the ACA Delayed Again

In a move that will not come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the rocky implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the Obama Administration has yet again delayed important provisions of the ACA. In a...more

Healthcare Reform in 2014 and Beyond - What individuals and employers can expect

We have entered a critical year for healthcare reform, as this is the year in which many of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), or “Obamacare,” go into effect. Many of us are still holding our breath to see...more

Final “Play-Or-Pay” Regulations Provide Relief And Much Needed Clarification

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 2015, certain employers, referred to as “applicable large...more

Monthly Benefits Update - February 2014

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: IRS Issues Final ACA “Pay or Play” Regulations - The IRS issued final regulations regarding the employer shared responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care...more

2014 Labor & Employment Law Update: Recent ACA Developments

In This Presentation: - Current State Of Health Care Reform - How Long are the Obamacare Regulations? - Delayed . . . - Not Delayed . . . - The New Model for Health Insurance Coverage - Individual...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 43: Coordinating the 3-Month Delay under Employer Shared...

So much attention has been paid to the issuance of the final employer shared responsibility regulations that some might have missed the news that final regulations were recently issued under another of the Affordable Care...more

"ObamaCare" Delayed Again

On February 10, 2014 the IRS issued final regulations on the employer shared responsibility provisions under Section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code. Here is a "Q&A" statement provided by the IRS that answers various...more

Health Care Reform Update -- February 24, 2014

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt from Implementation of the...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 44: The Top 10 Changes Made by the Final Treasury Regulations...

In last week’s post on the topic of the recently issued final regulations under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (a/k/a “pay-or-play”) rules, we suggested that the final regulations broke little new...more

Health Care Reform – New Guidance For Employers And Relief For Mid-Size Employers

Employers in all industries are well aware of the complexities of the Affordable Care Act, and the seemingly constant barrage of guidance that interprets the health care reform requirements that apply to them. We have a...more

The First Pieces of Health Reform's Pay or Play Penalty Puzzle

Early this week the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Treasury (the “IRS”) issued the first piece of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) penalty imposition jigsaw puzzle. It then followed up with 46 FAQs on the same...more

Final Regulations On Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate Issued – Part 1

Executive Summary: Under final regulations issued by the U.S. Treasury Department on February 10, 2014, employers with at least 50 but fewer than 100 employees will not be required to comply with the employer shared...more

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