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New Tax Plan Changes Rules on Health Coverage, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

While primarily focused on individual and business tax cuts and reform, the final Republican tax cut bill includes several provisions expected to impact health care coverage and expenses. First, the bill effectively repeals...more

Government Agencies Grant Employee-Benefits Relief for Harvey Victims

In response to Hurricane Harvey and the catastrophic flooding in Texas, the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor have announced relief for those individuals and businesses in the affected disaster areas. The "covered disaster...more

More Overtime Headaches for Employers

The Ninth Circuit has ruled that employer payments of cash in lieu of benefits will be included in an employee's "regular rate of pay" for purposes of overtime calculations. The California City of San Gabriel has been held in...more

Deadlines Extended on Cadillac Tax and ACA Forms 1095 and 1094 Reporting

In a recent Omnibus appropriations package, Congress extended the effective date for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) "Cadillac Tax" by two years, from plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, to plan years beginning on...more

SCOTUS Alert: Same-Sex Marriage is a Go, and ACA Stays Alive

Two big decisions in two days from the Supreme Court. Read on for details. Same-Sex Marriage is a Go! Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a monumental decision in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al.; Case No....more

That is the Telling Thing: An Interview with Jenna Bedsole

In addition to her credits as attorney and author, Baker Donelson Labor and Employment Chair and Birmingham Shareholder Jenna Bedsole can now add filmmaker to her list of accomplishments. Jenna is the executive producer and...more

DOL Gives States More Control Over Self-Insured Health Plans

On November 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (DOL) published Technical Release 2014-01, which provides technical guidance to States concerning stop-loss insurance. Stop-loss...more

DOL Update on Qualifying Reasons for Leave Fact Sheet

On Friday, August 9, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Fact Sheet on Qualifying Reasons for Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)....more

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