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Take 5 Newsletter: An Employer's "Top 5" Action Items for 2014

It's December, and human resources professionals and law departments are reflecting on the issues addressed in 2013 and giving thanks for incident-free holiday parties. But the big question is this: What issues should get...more

eAlert - How to Comply with the Affordable Care Act: Four Things a California Employer Needs to Know

It’s the single most controversial law passed by Congress in the last 10 years. Business groups spent hundreds of millions of dollars to defeat it in Congress and to have it overturned in the courts. But now, the Patient...more

ACA’s “Pay-Or-Play” Penalty Delayed Until 2015

Last week, in a move welcomed by many employers, the Obama administration announced that it would delay implementation of certain key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until 2015....more

Will “Skinny” Health Care Plans Help Employers Escape Hefty Penalties?

Recent stories in the media on low-cost or “skinny” group health care plans may have some employers thinking their prayers have been answered. Under the Affordable Care Act, those who don’t offer health insurance coverage to...more

Health Care Reform's 90-Day Waiting Period Guidance for Group Health Plans Deserves a Closer Look

One of the many requirements bearing down on group health plans in 2014 is the 90-day waiting period rule found in section 2708 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), as added by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....more

ACA Employer Play or Pay Requirements: What Does it Mean for Employers?

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require “large” employers to offer their full-time employees healthcare coverage that meets certain standards or pay a penalty. Whether an employer opts to “play-or-pay”...more

Pay or Play? What Employers Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

- What does the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) require of employers in 2014? Beginning January 1, 2014, every “large employer” will be subject to Affordable Care Act penalties if at least 95 percent ...more

The Benefits Game - Playbook for Compliance with the Health Care Reform’s Pay or Play Rules for Employers

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) employer shared responsibility provisions (commonly called “pay or play”) impact “large” employers and go into effect in 2014. Although effective in 2014, employers must plan NOW. Advance...more

Final HIPAA Regulations Impact Group Health Plans

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) sets forth rules to protect the privacy and security of individuals’ health information that is held by “covered entities,” such as group health plans....more

Health Care Reform Update: Proposed Rules Issued On 90-Day Limit Placed On Waiting Periods For Health Coverage

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the "Act") will prohibit group health plans and group health insurers from imposing waiting periods greater than 90 days of employment....more

The Employer's Playbook for ACA Compliance: Are You In The 2014 "Pay Or Play" Game?

For better or worse, the ACA or Health Care Reform is still with us. If you do not want to end up in the penalty box in 2014, you must know whether you are subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions of the ACA...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

The Obamacare “Play or Pay” Rules: A Practical Approach

The IRS recently released new proposed regulations to implement the Shared Responsibility or “Play or Pay” provisions of Health Care Reform. The proposed regulations provide a wealth of detail on key issues required to...more

Treasury Proposes Minimum Value Rules for Health Plans

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has published proposed regulations that provide guidance on how an employer may determine whether its group health plan provides “minimum value.”...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

Controlling the “Play or Pay Penalty” under Healthcare Reform

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

Higher Insurance Premiums For Smokers And The Obese

The perils of smoking and obesity have long been the topic of conversation in doctors’ offices and between nagging family members. However, employers are jumping on the bandwagon by imposing higher health insurance premiums...more

Healthcare Law -- Mar 25, 2013

In This Issue: What Does the ACA Mean for Employers?; Manatt’s Attorneys Honored for Exceptional Client Service; and Manatt Health Solutions Expands Our Talent Base to Support Your Growing Range of Challenges....more

Burr Alert: Employer Obligations Under New HIPAA Rules

With all of the attention garnered by healthcare reform, it would be easy to overlook the new HIPAA rules (the "Rules") applicable to covered entities under HIPAA, which include employer group health plans. Compliance with...more

New Employer Shared Responsibility Penalty Guidance: Timely Employer Action Needed

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

What Do Employers Really Need to Know About the New HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Final Rule?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act/Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act Omnibus Rule, published in the Federal Register Jan. 25, makes many changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule,...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Affordable Care Act's "Play or Pay" Requirements – What Employers Need to Know

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

Massachusetts Governor Proposes Elimination of Fair Share Contribution Requirements

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, the Patrick administration proposed legislation that will repeal the Massachusetts Fair Share Law effective June 30, 2013. In effect since 2006, the Fair Share Law requires companies with...more

IRS Releases Further Guidance on Employer Health Care Coverage Mandate and Penalties

The Internal Revenue Service has released proposed regulations and FAQs on the shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These rules require large employers to offer full-time employees and their...more

Employment Law Update: Healthcare; 401(k) Plan Fee Disclosures and Fiduciary Responsibilities; & Other Recent Changes

In This Presentation: - Healthcare - 401(k) Plan Fee Disclosures and Fiduciary Responsibilities - Fair Labor Standards Act - Data Privacy Issues Please see full presentation below for more...more

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