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Will Employers’ ACA Obligations Change Under the Trump Administration?

During his campaign, President-elect Trump promised to make the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a priority. Now that the election is over, what should employers expect? We don’t have a crystal ball,...more

Labor & Employment Law Under President-Elect Trump

In the wake of the election results, the question on everyone’s mind now is: What impact will President-Elect Trump have on employers? Trump has thus far given few details on his thoughts on labor and employment. But with...more

You Received a Health Insurance Marketplace Notice from HHS – Now What?

Take a deep breath. The HHS Health Insurance Marketplace Notice (the “Notice”) may seem to be a nuisance, but it does not necessarily mean that you will be subject to employer shared responsibility penalties....more

Responding to Marketplace Notices

Employers have begun to receive notices from the Health Insurance Marketplace Exchanges (Marketplace) notifying them that one or more of their employees is eligible for governmental subsidies under the Marketplace. Employers...more

Marketplace Subsidy Notices – What Employers Should Know

As promised by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in late-2015, the Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) have started sending notices informing employers that employees have enrolled in a FFM and were...more

When Anything Less than 95% is a Failing Grade: An Update on the Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties

As a reminder, effective January 1, 2016, employers must offer minimum essential coverage to 95% or more (up from 70% or more for 2015) of their full-time employees and their dependents each month or pay a very steep penalty....more

Refresher Course on Affordable Care Act Individual and Employer Penalties For Not Having Health Insurance

Even though penalties for failure to comply with Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage requirements have been in force since January 1, 2014 for employers with 100 or more full-time equivalent employees and January 1, 2015 for...more

Employer Facing Potential Liability For Allegedly Reducing Worker Hours To Avoid Affordable Care Act Penalties

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility mandate requires large employers to offer certain minimum health coverage to substantially all of their full-time employees, or potentially pay significant...more

Code § 4980H: The Tax The Beatles Missed

The Tax Man, it turns out, also may assess you for failing to offer substantially all your full-time employees and their dependents affordable, qualifying group health coverage during 2015. We’re swamped with employer...more

'Right-Sizing' Full-Time Employees to Reduce ACA Obligations May Lead to ERISA Class Action Exposure

Compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in increased health benefit costs for many employers. A recent court decision demonstrates that while programs to reduce the number of full-time employees may lower...more

Staffing Firms, Educational Organizations, and Breaks-in-Service under the Affordable Care Act Employer Shared Responsibility...

In Q&A format, recently issued Notice 2015-87 addresses a number of pressing issues that have arisen under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including that law’s employer shared responsibility rules, information reporting...more

Subsidizing Student Health Insurance With Stipends – New Agency Guidance and Relief

On February 5, 2016, the Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (the Departments) issued guidance addressing the application of market reforms and other provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...more

Employee Benefits Developments - January 2016

IRS Guidance Addresses Numerous ACA Issues Related to HRAs. Just before the New Year, the IRS issued Notice 2015-87 (Notice), addressing the application of Affordable Care Act (ACA) market reform rules to different...more

Health Care and the ACA: IRS Formalizes Position on Opt-Out Payments

On December 16, 2015, the IRS, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Labor issued Notice 2015-87, which provides guidance on the application of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to...more

Coming Down Your Chimney: Market Reform Guidance, Information Reporting Penalty Relief and Cadillac Tax Delay

It’s the “silly season” on the Hill and a busy season for ACA regulators. This article gives you brief notes about Notice 2015-87, information reporting relief and the § 4980I delay buried in the omnibus spending bill....more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 21 of 24): Reporting for “MEC” Plans

It took a while, but most employers and their advisors have finally gotten the hang of the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules. That is, they understand generally that: 1. “Applicable Large...more

M&A Transactions: Affordable Care Act Due Diligence Considerations

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significantly changed the legal landscape for employer-sponsored health plans by adding reporting obligations, benefit mandates, fees, notices and potential penalties for plans that do not...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 20 of 24): Reporting Affordability on Form...

Affordability—i.e., whether health coverage is “affordable”—occupies an important place in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) regulatory scheme. Under that law’s individual mandate, no penalties are imposed for failure to...more

Applicable Large Employers Should Determine Their Full-Time Employees For ACA Purposes And Prepare For Reporting In 2016

By way of reminder, employers who employ at least 50 full-time employees (including full-time equivalents) on average during the calendar year of 2014 will be required to file Internal Revenue Service (IRS) forms 1095-C and...more

2015 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Health & Welfare

As 2015 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. Like last year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of...more

Gaming the System? ERISA Interference Lawsuit Targets ACA-Driven Reduction of Hours Strategy

In a case believed to be the first of its kind, a recent class action claim has accused an employer of reducing hours of employees to avoid having to provide health coverage as required under the Patient Protection and...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 Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 15 of 24): Coding Form 1095-C, Part II for...

As we noted in a previous post, the recently issued final 2015 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C changed certain of the rules relating to the reporting for offers of COBRA coverage where the COBRA qualifying event...more

Beware of Traps for the Unwary in Preparing ACA Information Returns (Part 1)

Beginning in 2015, certain applicable large employers may be assessed a payment as part of the “employer shared responsibility” provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Payment is assessable if the employer either (1)...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 14 of 24): Coding Form 1095-C, Part II for...

When reporting offers of coverage to full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules, much of the detail appears in Part II of IRS Form 1095-C, Lines 14, 15 and 16. For the most...more

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