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Brady’s Bunch - Are Big Changes Coming for Employers Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?

Having missed a historic opportunity to choose an exciting name for federal tax legislation, Texas Representative Kevin Brady and his fellow Republican tax drafters did not skimp on the substance of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act...more

Taking and Making Hurricane-Related Donations: Options, Considerations, and Other Ways for Employers and Employees to Help Now

Before Hurricane Harvey unleashed its devastation on Texas and Louisiana, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said, “People need to be the help before the help arrives.” With Hurricane Irma now...more

Rubber, Meet Road: The Arduous Task of Translating Campaign-Talk into Action to Repeal (and Replace?) Obamacare

The creation and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) was a long, strange trip beset throughout by policy disagreements, shifting political winds, backroom legislative dealings,...more

Why Can’t We Be Friends? The Supreme Court Discovers an Unexpected Meeting of the Minds in Zubik v. Burwell

Regardless of one’s preferred metaphor, the Supreme Court of the United States is adept at ducking, punting, and otherwise avoiding messy and socially divisive interpretive issues. Every once in a while, the parties even help...more

Can Healthcare Providers Prohibit Employees From Using Recording Devices in the Workplace?

In the wake of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (Dec. 24, 2015), hospitals and healthcare providers will need to revisit their employee recording policies. This...more

ERISA Preemption Made Easy? Supreme Court Sends Vermont All-Payer Database Back to the Drawing Board

On the first day of decisions since the unexpected passing of Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court of the United States ventured into the thorny area of preemption under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and...more

Which Way Did Our Money Go? Supreme Court Decides ERISA Subrogation Issue

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States addressed the first of several ERISA-related cases on its October 2015 docket, reversing the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and concluding that the trustees of...more

Happy New Year from the IRS!

For the many employers and health care providers that have thus far been spending their holidays poring over the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) new tax forms and their cryptic instructions in anticipation of the inaugural round...more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Repeals ACA Automatic Enrollment Provision

Despite a marked lack of success for efforts in Congress and through the courts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) completely, or substantially interrupt its implementation, the Bipartisan...more

New ACA Reporting: Frequently Asked Questions About Form 1095-C

For many employers, the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already a reality. Having now worked out some of the administrative kinks associated with providing the health plan coverage required by the...more

Supreme Court Once Again Saves the ACA: Rules Yes on Tax Credits For Purchasers From a Federal Exchange

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that tax credits are available to individuals in states that have a federal Exchange under Section 1321 of the Affordable Care Act (the Act or the ACA). In a...more

Set it and Forget it? Not so Fast, Says the Supreme Court in Tibble

On May 18, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered a much anticipated (by ERISA attorneys, at least) decision in Tibble v. Edison International, clarifying a relatively narrow but still significant issue...more

Honored in the Breach: Employer Action Items for an Insurer Data Breach

This morning, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, one of the largest health insurers in the country, notified its policyholders, members, and business partners that it was recently the target of an external cyber attack that...more

‘Tis the (Retail) Season, Part IV: Are Seasonal Workers Entitled to Health Care Coverage? A 2014 Update

As the holiday shopping season approaches, we are considering a number of issues that employers of seasonal workers might be facing. Primary among these is whether employers are required to provide health care coverage to...more

Identify Yourself! Deadline for Health Plan Identifiers is Fast Approaching

One of the lesser-known health plan requirements adopted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has an initial deadline that is fast approaching, and most employers will need to take action to ensure that...more

Resistance WAS Futile—California Conforms to ACA Waiting Period Requirement

After wandering in the wilderness for a year, California has now come in from the cold and conformed its requirements for eligibility waiting periods to the federal standard adopted in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Effective...more

California Governor Signs Bill Giving Small Businesses Extra Time To Comply With ACA

On July 7, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will give small business owners additional time to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill takes effect immediately as an urgency statute. Senate Bill...more

Some Surprises in DOL’s Just Issued Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda

On Friday, May 23, 2014, the White House, through its executive branch and other federal agencies, issued the Spring 2014 edition of the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. Published twice a year, the agencies’ regulatory agendas...more

A Snake in the Grass No More? DOL Proposes New COBRA Forms

As part of its continuing efforts to update the sleepier corners of the employee benefits world to conform to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed new...more

New Opportunities For In-Plan Roth Rollovers

In furtherance of Section 902 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2013-74 updating prior IRS guidance regarding so-called “in-plan” Roth conversions...more

New HIPAA Deadline Around the Corner: Be Prepared!

Don’t look now, but another HIPAA deadline is just around the corner. As we noted last month, the deadline is looming for employer-sponsored health benefit plans to come into compliance with U.S. Department of Health...more

A Check-Up for Wellness Programs–Final Wellness Regulations Issued

Since 2006, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has prohibited health plans from discriminating based upon an individual’s health status. Since many modern wellness programs are expressly designed...more

Final Wellness Regulations Clarify Rules For Discounts Linked To Health Results

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the three federal agencies with primary responsibility for implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA),...more

California Weighs In on Essential Health Benefits for Group Health Plans and Insurers

As a reminder of the significant role that states will play in implementing the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we wanted to highlight some recent legislative developments in California that will be of interest...more

Wellness Programs Receive Welcome Tune-Up Under Proposed Regulations

The regulatory log-jam in Washington seems to finally be loosening up in the aftermath of the election, and the troika of agencies primarily responsible for overseeing implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable...more

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