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Employee Classifications, Employer Shared Responsibility Tax and Medicare Collide

Some employers have attempted to manage their risks related to the employer shared responsibility tax (a/k/a the pay or play penalty) by placing employees into classifications and indicating that particular classifications of...more

The Stealth Excise Tax Under Section 4980D of the Internal Revenue Code

Most employers are by now well aware of the “pay or play” penalties that may apply if the employer fails to offer coverage to substantially all of its full-time employees or offers coverage that fails to be affordable for...more

New ACA Guidance Warrants Another "Checkup" of Employer Health Plans

On December 16, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-87 (the "Notice"), which provides "question-and-answer" guidance regarding how various Affordable Care Act (the "ACA") provisions apply to employer-provided group health plans....more

Staffing agency workers and ACA offers of coverage

The final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “pay or play” rules were released on Feb. 10, 2014. Under the rules, there are potential penalties imposed on large employers that do not offer substantially all...more

ACA Outlook: What Will 2016 Hold for the Affordable Care Act and Employers?

For many employers, 2016 will bring new requirements and challenges with respect to compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  However, their burden in years beyond 2016 may very likely diminish because of recent changes...more

FAQs Regarding the ACA’s Employer Reporting Requirements

The following blog post is Part 1 of a 2 part series exploring frequently asked questions regarding the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Reporting Requirements. Part 2 will focus on frequently asked questions related to Form...more

End of Year Issues Impacting Employer Health Plans

With the end of 2015 fast approaching, employers should be aware of certain issues under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and...more

The ACA and Staffing Agency Workers

Companies that use staffing agencies to supply workers face special issues in determining their risk for the significant penalties under the Affordable Care Act’s “play or pay” rules....more

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2015

Supreme Court: Plan Fiduciaries Have a Continuing Duty to Monitor Plan Investments. In 2007, participants and beneficiaries under a 401(k) plan sued the plan fiduciaries and the plan sponsor to recover damages for alleged...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Premium Tax Subsidies

Action Item: Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling to uphold the premium tax subsidy regime of the Affordable Care Act is of critical importance to individuals and employers alike regarding the availability of federal tax...more

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies for Coverage Purchased on Federally Facilitated State Health Care Exchanges

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an IRS regulation authorizing tax subsidies for state health care exchanges established and run by the federal government. In King v. Burwell, the Court held that the language of the...more

ACA Update: Supreme Court Rules that Federal Insurance Exchanges May Issue Tax Subsidies

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in King v. Burwell, ruling that Section 36B of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) authorizes insurance exchanges run by the federal government...more

King v. Burwell – Will the Supreme Court Tip the ACA Dominos? Part 1

The health care industry has been closely watching four cases challenging whether federal subsidies could be used to reduce costs to consumers for health insurance purchased on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchange in a state...more

ACA Countdown to Compliance - 52 Week Series For Employers

In this volume, we have collected the 52 weekly blog posts that comprise the series entitled, The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers. The series appeared in the Mintz Levin Employment Matters Blog...more

ACA Issues for Employers to Stay Aware of in 2015

With the Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate (Pay-or-Play penalties) now officially in effect, employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time-equivalent employees should have already made all significant changes to their...more

The Affordable Care Act and Staffing: One Size Does Not Fit All

Since its enactment in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has generated debate and questions about the law's impact on third-party staffing arrangements. With the effective date of the ACA's "pay-or-play" employer mandate...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 3: Group Health Plan, Cafeteria Plan and Health FSA...

As applicable large employers grapple with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility (pay-or-play) rules, two questions arise with notable frequency...more

The Affordable Care Act Part Two – Preparing for 2015

This is the second of a three part series on the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Act”), commonly known as “ObamaCare.” This post discusses the Employer Mandate, which takes effect January 1, 2015, and certain reporting...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 5: Health and Human Services (HHS) Wastes No Time Issuing...

Over the last couple of months, we have followed and reported on a particular ACA compliance strategy under which an employer subject to the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (or “pay-or-play”) rules...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 7: IRS Puts the Kibosh on Health Plans that Fail to Cover...

In a previous post, we described an Affordable Care Act compliance strategy—referred to commercially as a “minimum value plan” or “MVP”—that involves an offer of group health plan coverage that, while similar in most respects...more

Feds Tighten the Belt on "Skinny Plans" and Other ACA Workarounds

On January 1, 2015, employers with 100 or more "full-time equivalents" will be subject to the "Pay or Play" regulations under the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). Over the past few years, many consultants have sought to identify...more

IRS Seeks to Curb Popularity of ‘Skinny’ Health Plans

The Internal Revenue Service, in Notice 2014-69, has concluded that certain unconventional group health plan designs that offer limited or no coverage for in-patient hospitalization services and/or physician services will not...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 18: Emerging Strategies to Reduce or Eliminate Exposure for...

The Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility, or “pay-or-play,” rules require “applicable large employers” (generally employers with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees) to offer group health...more

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

Affordable Care Act Update: Final Regulations Assist Employers With Identifying Full-Time Employees and Reporting Requirements

Earlier this year, 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”). We issued a Client...more

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