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
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
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
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
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
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
Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules, the so called “play or pay” rules, impose penalties on an employer with more than 50 “full-time equivalent” employees (a large employer) if...more
Recently issued Affordable Care Act guidance clarifies the prohibition on waiting periods in excess of 90 days and eliminates the requirement to issue HIPAA group health plan certificates of creditable coverage after December...more
The core policy goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”)—on which there is near universal consensus—are threefold: expand health care coverage; increase the quality of medical outcomes, and reduce...more
Proposed rules issued under the Affordable Care Act clarify the determination of “large employer” status and the calculation of the penalty for controlled groups of employers. This guidance confirms that the penalty is...more
Health Care Reform: Agencies Issue Proposed Regulations on 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation -
On March 21, the IRS, DOL, and Department of Health and Human Services issued proposed regulations on the 90-day waiting...more
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury have released a joint set of proposed regulations implementing the requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that group health plans...more
In This Alert:
- A. What Is The Employer Shared Responsibility Penalty?
- What Is The “Failure To Offer Coverage Penalty”?
- How Is The “Failure To Offer Coverage Penalty” Calculated?
- What Is...more
Beginning in 2014, the employer shared responsibility mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires applicable large employers (those employing on average at least 50 full-time equivalent employees on...more
Originally published in New Hampshire Business Review on March 8, 2013.
The Affordable Care Act is the most important piece of employee benefits legislation since the passage of ERISA in 1974. And in the past few...more
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
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
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
In This Issue:
- Settlement of Michigan Lending Discrimination Lawsuit Underscores Regulatory Focus on Equal Access to Credit
- Industry Employers Should Prepare Now for Health Care Reform
- Title Insurers Not...more
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
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
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
In This Issue:
- New Health Care Mandates
- I-9's for Immigration in 2013
- A Policies and Procedures Review
- Classifying Employees as Exempt or Non-Exempt?
- Awareness of National Labor Relations Board...more
Beginning in 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Act) requires “applicable large employers” (i.e., employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees) to either offer group health insurance coverage to...more
Starting in 2014, "large" employers (essentially, those with 50 or more "full-time" employees) must offer minimum health insurance coverage to full-time employees or face hefty penalties. These provisions (a.k.a "shared...more
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