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Watch out for IRS letters: IRS Begins Enforcing Employer Mandate

The IRS has recently begun enforcing the “employer shared responsibility” (ESR) provisions of the Affordable Care Act (the "Act"), which require employers having 50 or more full-time employees (or full-time equivalent...more

[Event] Annual Year-End Legal Update: Mental Health, Benefits, Immigration & Cybersecurity - Complimentary Half-Day Program -...

Join us for a complimentary half-day seminar for our Annual Year-End Legal Update: Mental Health, Benefits, Immigration & Cybersecurity. Let us help you meet your year-end CLE requirement!...more

Calendar Year Plans Need to File Form 5500 by Monday, July 31, 2017

Executive Summary: The Form 5500 is an annual report that must be filed for every employee benefit plan that covers 100 or more participants. For calendar year plans, these forms must be filed by July 31, 2017....more

Supreme Court Decision Offers Some Relief to Church-Affiliated Nonprofits Using ERISA Church Plan Exemption

Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton serves as a reminder to church-affiliated hospitals and other organizations using the ERISA church plan exemption to review the...more

ACA Repeal Effort Moves to Senate - Employers Should Continue Compliance for Now

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would effectively eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) employer mandate, open the door for simplified employer coverage reporting, provide greater...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Affordable Care Act

On Friday January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” The Order directs the Secretary of Health and...more

ACA Reporting Delayed

On Monday, December 28, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service announced in Notice 2016-4 that employers will have additional time to file annual reports required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). The...more

Calendar Year Plans Need to File Form 5500 by July 31, 2015

The Form 5500 and Form 5500-EZ are annual reports that must be filed for every employee benefit plan that covers 100 or more participants. For calendar year plans, these forms must be filed by July 31, 2015....more

Federal Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions on Affordable Care Act Subsidies

On July 22, 2014, two different federal appeals courts issued conflicting decisions on the availability of subsidies for health insurance purchased by individuals on Exchanges established by the federal government under the...more

Calendar Year Plans Need To File Form 5500 By July 31, 2014

Executive Summary: Administrators or sponsors of employee benefit plans subject to ERISA generally must file information regarding each benefit plan every year. This information is filed using Form 5500. For calendar year...more

Final Regulations On Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate Issued – Part 1

Executive Summary: Under final regulations issued by the U.S. Treasury Department on February 10, 2014, employers with at least 50 but fewer than 100 employees will not be required to comply with the employer shared...more

Volunteer Hours Of Firefighters And Emergency Responders Can Be Excluded From ACA's Shared Responsibility Calculation

Executive Summary: The Department of Treasury has posted a statement on its blog indicating that the volunteer hours of volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel do not need to be included in...more

Legal Alert: Guidance Released On Delay Of "Pay Or Play" Penalties Under ACA

The Obama Administration has released formal guidance on the delay of the Affordable Care Act's (the "ACA") employer mandate and certain reporting requirements. ...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

Legal Alert: Notice Of Health Exchange Coverage Options Guidance Released

The Affordable Care Act added section 18B to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which requires certain employers to send out notices to employees regarding the availability of the state-based Health Insurance Exchanges...more

Legal Alert: Full Implementation Of SHOP Health Exchanges Delayed

The Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") recently announced that full implementation of the SHOP component of the state-based health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (the "ACA") run in full or...more

Legal Alert: MEWA Form M-1 And Final Regulations Released

The Department of Labor ("DOL") recently released a series of final rules affecting health benefits provided through multiple employer welfare arrangements ("MEWAs"). Notably, the 2012 Form M-1 filing deadline has been...more

Legal Alert: Final HIPAA Regulations Released: Time To Review Your HIPAA Policies?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") recently released long-awaited final HIPAA Regulations. The new regulations finalize many changes previously proposed to the Privacy, Security, and Enforcement Rules,...more

Legal Alert: Health Care Reform is Here to Stay

Executive Summary: With the reelection of President Obama, health care reform is here to stay. Challenges to the law are still pending; however, employers need to comply with existing requirements and begin preparations for...more

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