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EEOC to Issue Proposed Regulations for Wellness Programs

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced recently that it intends to issue proposed regulations in the next 60 days to clarify its enforcement authority under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with...more

Mainstream Wellness Program Challenged in EEOC v. Honeywell

Despite promulgating a paucity of guidance on what constitutes a “voluntary medical exam” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), on October 27, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)...more

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

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

Final Wellness Rules May Require Review of Existing Wellness Programs

Final wellness regulations were issued by the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) on June 3, 2013 and apply to employer-sponsored group health plans for plan years beginning on or...more

PPACA/HIPAA Wellness Programs and Rewards Final Regulations Issued

The Treasury Department, Department of Labor and Department of Health and Human Services issued final regulations on wellness programs and rewards for group health plans on May 29, 2013. The regulations implement provisions...more

Final Regulations Issued On Incentives For Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs In Group Health Plans

HIPAA nondiscrimination provisions prohibit group health plans and health insurance issuers from discriminating against individual participants and beneficiaries in eligibility, benefits, or premiums based on a health factor....more

Final ACA Wellness Program Regulations Released

On May 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service and the Departments of Labor and Health & Human Services released final regulations regarding wellness programs integrated with employer-sponsored health plans. The new wellness...more

IRS, Treasury Department Issue Proposed Rules Governing Minimum Value, Affordability, and Wellness Programs

A key policy goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) is the expansion of health insurance coverage to all Americans. The concepts of “minimum value” and its correlate “actuarial value” speak to the...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

Wellness Programs—Money and Trinkets for Healthy Habits May Be Taxable

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

Healthcare Reform Compliance: Checklist of Next Steps

It is impossible to ignore. Healthcare reform under the Affordable Care Act is on the minds, agendas and budgets of all employers, and now is the time for employers to review their health programs to address compliance with...more

Employers Need to Plan Now for the Next Phase of Health Care Reform

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

Proposed Affordable Care Act Regulations are Designed

With the conclusion of the 2012 elections, federal agencies now are releasing proposed regulations crucial to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act). On Tuesday,...more

Wellness Program Changes for 2014

There has been a deluge of new federal regulations related to health care reform since the presidential election, and wellness programs have been no exception. The IRS, U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of...more

Employer Mandated Wellness Initiatives. The Continuum from Voluntary to Mandatory Plans

A year after Littler first examined how far an employer can go toward mandating wellness in the workplace, this 2008 Littler Report examines where we are a year later. As the leading source of medical insurance,...more

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