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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

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

Preparing for the Affordable Care Act - A Brief Guide for the Small Business

The steps a small business should take to prepare for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) vary greatly depending on the size of the business and how many employees it has. Small businesses with fewer than...more

A Vignette of Lingering Affordable Care Act Considerations

Despite the highly publicized announcement that enforcement of the “Pay-or-Play” mandate (which requires businesses to provide health insurance to all full-time employees or face yearly penalties of up to $3,000 per employee)...more

Obama Administration Delays Enforcement of the ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Rule to 2015

In a move that took many by surprise, the Obama Administration on July 3 announced a one-year delay (to January 1, 2015 from January 1, 2014) in the enforcement of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and...more

Update: Employer Responsibilities Under The Affordable Care Act

ON JULY 2 THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED A ONE YEAR DELAY OF REQUIREMENTS FOR LARGE EMPLOYERS (50 OR MORE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES) TO REPORT THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THEY OFFER THEIR EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS PENALTIES FOR...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

Employers Must Comply With New DOL Notice Requirement Regarding Health Care Exchanges Under Affordable Care Act

On May 8, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) released new guidance imposing notice requirements on employers regarding the health care exchanges that are a key element of the Affordable Care Act. ...more

Strategic Implementation of Employer Shared Responsibility Rules & 2014 Planning Considerations

In This Presentation: •Welcome •Overview of the Employer Shared Responsibility Rules - Impact on Corporate Structure - Time Line Examples to Demonstrate Application of Measurement, Administrative & Stability...more

Who is a Large Employer Under Obamacare?

Among other things, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”), commonly referred to as Obamacare, requires “large employers” to provide qualified health coverage for all of their full-time employees, or pay...more

Employer Responsibility – Will You Pay or Play?

Starting in 2014, provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act become effective known as “Pay or Play” or “Employer Shared Responsibility.” Large employers will be faced with the decision whether to offer...more

Staffing Industry Compliance with the Employer Shared Responsibility (aka “Pay-or-Play”) Provisions of the Affordable Care Act:...

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”), the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers, and individuals all share responsibility to make affordable health insurance coverage widely...more

Benefits Update, No. 2, May 2013: Healthcare Reform: To Play Or Pay – That Is The Question

Probably the most important mandate for employers is the “play or pay” mandate, also known as the employer-shared responsibility, which will require large employers (those with the equivalent of 50 or more full-time...more

The Affordable Care Act’s “Play-Or-Pay” Mandate: Who Is A Full-Time Employee For Purposes Of The Employer Shared Responsibility...

Recently, we published a Client Update explaining how the Play-or-Pay mandate, or Employer Shared Responsibility provision, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) generally works. To summarize, we described how an employer...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

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

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

Health Care Reform “Pay Or Play” Guidance Issued

In early January, the Internal Revenue Service published proposed regulations on “Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage.” These regulations incorporate the provisions of many previous Notices with...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

Health Care Reform Update: Large Employers Must Offer Health Coverage or Pay Assessment

Beginning in 2014, large U.S. employers that do not offer a minimum level of affordable health coverage to their full-time employees may be required to pay an assessment of up to $3,000 per employee. For plan years beginning...more

Affordable Care Act Update: Pay-or-Play Regulations

On December 28, 2012, the IRS issued a set of proposed regulations and Q-and-As providing further guidance on the Affordable Care Act’s pay-or-play rules. This is the first of three updates discussing the proposed...more

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