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Group Health Plans: Year-End Action Items and Upcoming Changes

Group health plan sponsors turn their attention to completing 2013 tasks, implementing upcoming 2014 changes, preparing for the ACA Shared Responsibility requirement in 2015, and documenting recent extensive plan changes....more

Employee Benefits Update: 2013 Year End Plan Tasks

As we approach the end of the year, employers and plan sponsors of qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans should take time to meet various upcoming deadlines. Failure to comply with the deadlines may result...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Employer-Provided Health Care Coverage Reporting Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations on reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations, released on September 9, 2013, address two separate ACA reporting requirements: one...more

Legal Alert: ACA "Pay Or Play" Penalties Delayed Until 2015

The Obama Administration has announced that implementation of the penalties under the Affordable Care Act's ("ACA") employer mandate (also known as the "pay or play" penalties) have been delayed until 2015. ...more

Money And Trinkets Provided For Wellness

More and more employers and insurance companies are providing incentives and rewards to employees and their covered dependents to encourage participation in wellness programs—programs designed to improve an individual’s...more

Employer Compliance in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act

Having survived the election and a Supreme Court challenge (for the most part), the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay. Employers should evaluate the requirements under ACA that apply to their group health plans for...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Employer-Shared Responsibility under ACA

On December 28, 2012, the IRS issued proposed regulations with respect to employer-shared responsibility regarding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Employers are permitted to rely on these proposed...more

The Affordable Care Act’s “Play Or Pay” Mandate: How It Works

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

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

Remember To Report The Value Of Health Coverage On Employees’ 2012 Form W-2s

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employers who issue 250 or more W-2s in a year to report the aggregate cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan in Box 12 of each employee’s Form...more

2013 and 2014 under the Affordable Care Act

With the close of 2012 approaching fast, employers should consider the following checklist of items as the nation moves ahead with compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Effective in 2013: The following list...more

Group Health Plans: Year-End Action Items, Upcoming Changes, New Guidance

As 2012 closes, group health plan sponsors turn their attention to completing 2012 tasks, implementing upcoming 2013 changes, and preparing for the full impact of ACA in 2014. As 2012 draws to an end, employers pass...more

Legal Alert: Untangling Healthcare Reform Form W-2 Reporting Requirements for PEOs

With the re-election of President Obama and the Supreme Court's recent decision upholding portions of the Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"), health care reform is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Though limited...more

What Every Employer Should Know About the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

After months of uncertainty, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal healthcare reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What does this landmark law mean for employers now and in the near and distant future?...more

What Employers Need to Know for 2012 and 2013 Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

With the end of 2012 quickly approaching, and for 2013 planning purposes, this newsletter provides a high-level list of the important changes to be aware of under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the...more

Benefits Update, No. 3, August 2012: Timeline Of Health Insurance Reform

As everyone knows, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was upheld in a somewhat surprising Supreme Court decision last month. (For a recap of the decision see our Legal Alert on the case). Set out below is a...more

Navigating Health Care Reform: W-2 Reporting of Employer-Sponsored Group Health Coverage

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (collectively, the “Act”), employers must move...more

Timeline Of Health Insurance Reform

Excerpt from Health Insurance Reform Timeline chart: - W2 inclusion of cost of employer-sponsored health coverage for employers who filed more than 250 Forms W2 in prior year. 2012 Forms W2, due 1/31/13 -...more

Form W-2 Reporting for Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage: Is Your Organization Prepared?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) requires employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health or medical plan. This requirement was optional for all employers in 2011....more

IRS Issues Instructive Chart for W-2 Reporting Under Health Reform

Under health care reform, employers must report the “aggregate cost” of “applicable employer-sponsored health coverage” on an employee’s Form W-2. The value must first be reported on the Form W-2 issued in January 2013 for...more

IRS Clarifies Previous Guidance on Form W-2 Informational Reporting Requirement

On January 3, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") released Notice 2012-9, which restates and clarifies its prior guidance on the requirement under the Affordable Care Act to report the cost of employer-sponsored health...more

IRS Releases Guidance on Form W-2 Informational Reporting Requirement

On March 29, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Notice 2011-28, which provides guidance to employers on the requirement under the Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) to report the cost of employer-sponsored...more

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