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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 48: Obamacare Dodges Another Bullet

A recent Federal Court decision turned back a potentially debilitating challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s rules governing premium subsidies. The decision, Halbig v. Sebelius, has consequences for large employers, i.e.,...more

Changing Healthcare Landscape Poses Challenges for Directors

Despite the continuing legal challenges and political hardball, as well as the delays and technical glitches, it appears that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, is here to stay. ...more

Time To Think About The Employer Mandate Again: Do You Need To Act Now?

In July, the government announced a one year postponement of the requirement for large employers to offer healthcare coverage to their full-time employees or risk paying a penalty. However, some of the transition rules that...more

Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) - Steps Small Business Should be Taking Now to Prepare

In July of 2013, the Obama administration delayed the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer reporting requirements. The reports as proposed would have required employers to provide extensive and detailed...more

Affordable Care Act Mandates Employer Notice of Coverage Options to Employees by October 1, 2013

Pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals and employees of small businesses will be able to access health insurance coverage through a private health insurance market – the Health Insurance Marketplace –...more

EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Alert - No employer penalties for lack of exchange notice

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an employer subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide a written notice to current employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace (the “Exchange Notice”) by October 1, 2013,...more

Balancing the Affordable Care Act and ERISA

Looming implementation of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) so-called “play or pay” provision has large employers evaluating the alternatives it presents: “play,” by offering health insurance coverage to full-time employees; or...more

IRS Proposes Rules Regarding Information Reporting Requirements Under Sections 6055 and 6056 of the Affordable Care Act

Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires that nonexempt individuals either maintain “minimum essential coverage” or pay an individual payment with their income tax returns. Minimum essential coverage may be...more

Alert to all Employers: Do not Miss the October 1, 2013 ACA Marketplace Notice Deadline.

Employers—regardless of size—need to prepare to notify all current employees, part-time and full-time, of the availability of health insurance coverage from the new health insurance exchanges (the “Marketplace”) created by...more

Affordable Care Act Update: Time to Regroup (video)

Video transcript: Hi, I’m Jess Rogers. I’m an attorney with Sands Anderson. As you probably know by now, on July 2nd the Obama administration announced a one year delay in the Affordable Care Act’s employer...more

The Employer’s Playbook for ACA Compliance: October 1, 2013 Deadline to Provide Health Insurance Marketplace Notice

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase health insurance coverage online through the new health insurance coverage exchanges (now known as “Marketplaces”)....more

Cafeteria Plans, the Affordable Care Act, and Continued Compliance with the Massachusetts Free-Rider Surcharge Requirement—New...

Established as a part of the comprehensive 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law, the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector (a/k/a the “Connector”) served as a model for the American Health Benefit Exchanges that are a...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - July 23, 2013

With only two weeks before Congress’ August recess and just a little more than two months before October open enrollment begins, Washington is busy sorting through, implementing and, in some cases, fighting the Affordable...more

Caution: Risk Adjustment Hurdles Facing Plans and Providers Under the Affordable Care Act

January 1, 2014 is fast approaching and regulators, payor organizations, providers, and many other interested parties are working to implement, operationalize, and participate in the state-based American Health Benefit...more

Healthcare Law -- Jul 15, 2013

How Does the DOMA Defeat Impact Healthcare Reform and Health Insurance Access? - NOTE: The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will affect more than 1,000 federal statutes—and...more

Department of Labor Sets October 1, 2013, Deadline For Employers To Give Employees Notice Of Exchange Available Under the...

On May 8, 2013, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued guidance to employers for giving notice to employees as required by Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) § 18b. Section 1512 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...more

The Affordable Care Act – Consider Yourself on Notice

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide a “Notice of Coverage Options” to each employee. The purpose of this Notice is to inform employees that they may obtain health...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

U.S. Department Of Labor Issues Model Notices Of Health Insurance Options

By October 1, 2013, most employers will be required to provide their current employees and new hires with notices of health insurance options. The notice is required to, among other things, inform employees of the existence...more

Employers and The Affordable Care Act: What Lies Ahead

As the Legislature decides whether Florida will implement certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), businesses of all sizes are grappling with the impact of the law and the choices they must make. Employers in...more

Health Care Reform Update - What employers should be doing now.

Although many of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) were already in effect, the pace of change has quickened since the Supreme Court upheld the law in June of 2012. The law is composed of...more

Employers Need to Plan Now for the Next Phase of Health Care Reform

Although most employers have implemented the initial phases of Health Care Reform as they became effective over the past couple years, many of them have taken a “wait-and-see” approach to the next phase of Health Care Reform....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

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