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IRS Reduces 2018 HSA Contribution Limit

On March 5, 2018, the IRS announced a reduction in the amount that an individual with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (“HDHP”) can contribute to a health savings account (“HSA”) for 2018. The lowering of...more

Practical Insights On DOL Guidance Affecting Retirement, Medical And Disability Plans

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On January 5, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that regulations it previously proposed will apply to certain retirement and medical disability claims filed after April 1. This article focuses on a few practical...more

The State AG Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson Announces Bid for Reelection- Minnesota AG Lori Swanson declared her intention to run for reelection to a fourth term in 2018, putting to rest previously reported...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Implications for Health and Welfare Plans and Fringe Benefits

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On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the Act”) was signed into law, and it has various implications for employers who sponsor employee benefit plans. This newsletter focuses on the provisions in the Act that...more

New Year’s Resolution #5: Four Employee Benefits Resolutions for 2018!

Happy New Year! It’s that time when we all vow to better ourselves in the months ahead. Resolutions abound, and they need not be limited to individual self-improvement. Employers too have many opportunities for betterment in...more

The Department of Labor’s Newly Issued Association Health Plan Proposed Regulations Include Welcome Changes for Employers But...

On January 3, 2018, the Department of Labor issued proposed regulations that will make it easier for small employers to band together to form “association health plans” (“AHPs”), thereby providing access to more liberal...more

ERISA Newsletter - Fourth Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - For over two decades, federal law has required covered health plans and insurers to ensure that certain mental health benefits are in parity with offered medical/surgical benefits. The meaning of...more

Employee Benefits Developments - November 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of November 2017. Minimum Required Distributions – IRS Guidance for Handling Missing Participants - Missing...more

Social Security Administration Corrects and Updates Wage Base for 2018

On November 27, 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it is adjusting the maximum earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2018 to $128,400. As we have previously posted, the SSA had announced...more

A Moving Target: Tax-Qualified Plans and Other Employee Benefits

The House and Senate propose changes to the tax rules governing retirement plans and other employee benefits. House passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with substantive changes to the tax rules affecting retirement plans and...more

Employer Mandate Penalty Notices Are Imminent

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The IRS has taken actions indicating that employer mandate penalties under the ACA are about to be enforced. The recently updated Questions and Answers on Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions Under the Affordable Care...more

Massachusetts proposes a MEP and why it’s a bad idea

by Ary Rosenbaum on

After Vermont decided to proceed with sponsoring an open multiple employer plan (MEP), legislation proposed would make Massachusetts the second state to sponsor a 401(k) MEP. Prior to May 2012, we had a decent market for...more

Beltway Buzz - October, 2017 #4

D.C. is humming this week, as the Senate and House are both in session after taking turns on recess the past two weeks. 401(k) Pre-Tax Deferrals: An Endangered Species? After being overshadowed by ACA repeal-and-replace...more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

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Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

SuperVision - Labor & Employment Law Insights - September 2017

...This issue of SuperVision is dedicated to questions our friends and clients may have regarding insurance and benefit topics. While not a common part of the Labor & Employment field, Spilman prides itself on having...more

Fall Legislative Sessions Commence; Attorney General Certifies Ballot Questions

Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall. Legislators will meet formally through the third Wednesday in November, at which point formal...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that ERISA Preempts State Insurance Law Bans on Discretionary Clauses for Self-Funded ERISA Plans

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently confirmed that ERISA preempts state insurance law bans on discretionary clauses for self-funded ERISA plans....more

Employee Benefits Developments - August 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of August, 2017. Affordable Care Act – “I’m not dead yet!” - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 7, Number 2

by Dickinson Wright on

Where is your PHI Data Traveling Today? With most vendors offering and pushing cloud computing solutions and offsite data backup, or guaranteeing offsite backup of data they process for you, many HIPAA covered entities and...more

Saudi Arabia Update - July 2017

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Legal Developments - Saudization in the Kingdom - Saudization is a colloquial term used to refer to the Kingdom’s official government policy of ensuring the hiring, training, and development of Saudi Arabian nationals...more

Health Saving Accounts: An Underutilized Opportunity in a Time of Uncertain Healthcare Changes

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Regardless of whether there will be revisions to, repeal of, or no changes at all to the Affordable Care Act, patients will most likely continue to have a larger financial responsibility for their medical care. ...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Workplace Policy under the Trump Administration Begins to Take Shape as "Repeal and Replace" of the ACA...

by Littler on

Five months into President Trump's term, his administration's workplace policy is beginning to take shape. From notable developments at the Department of Labor (DOL), to long-awaited nominations to the National Labor...more

ERISA Newsletter - Second Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - Welcome once again to Proskauer's newly revamped ERISA Newsletter. As a reminder, readers can obtain the information in this Newsletter as it is published on our blog. Our featured article this...more

Debt Dialogue: June 2017 - Supreme Court Holds Church-Affiliated Organizations Exempt From ERISA: A Prescription for the Ailing...

On June 5, 2017, the United States Supreme Court rendered an important decision that will impact restructurings — particularly health care provider restructurings — going forward. The Supreme Court reversed the Third, Seventh...more

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

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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

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