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IRS Begins Issuing ACA Employer Mandate Penalty Notices

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indicated that it would begin enforcing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Employer Shared Responsibility provisions (commonly known as the "Employer Mandate"). Last week, the IRS...more

Proposed Regulations Issued Implementing Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) Supplemental Contribution

In an earlier post, we reported on the passage of H. 3822, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care,” (the “Act”), the purpose of which is to shore up the finances of the Commonwealth’s Medicaid...more

ACA Employer Mandate Assessments Coming

Within the past few weeks, IRS officials have informally indicated that the IRS would begin assessing tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility. The IRS has now updated its Questions...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

Beltway Buzz - November, 2017 #3

Tax Bill or Health Bill? It’s Two Bills in One! Caught in a legislative black hole, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cannot escape efforts to eradicate it—or at least large chunks of it. ...more

ACA employer mandate penalty letters are on the way

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The IRS has recently taken affirmative steps towards assessing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate penalties, which are set to begin before the end of 2017. The agency has updated its website with information...more

Elder Abuse: Are Granny Cams A Solution, A Compliance Burden, Or Both?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Minnesota, 97% of the 25,226 allegations of elder abuse (neglect, physical abuse, unexplained serious injuries and thefts) in state-licensed senior facilities in 2016 were never investigated. This prompted Minnesota...more

The Art of Reduction: OPEB Costs, Commitments

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California’s gap between promised employee benefits and available cash is wide and ever expanding. Ballooning pension costs and rising deficits are often in the spotlight. But commitments that California’s governing bodies...more

CDPAP Fiscal Intermediaries Must File an Application for Authorization With DOH or Cease Operations

by FordHarrison on

On November 1, 2017, the NYS DOH issued its "Application for Fiscal Intermediary Authorization" and implementation guidelines. Significantly, DOH imposed a very short timeframe, stating: "As of November 1, 2017, all existing...more

Employer Mandate Penalty Letters from the IRS Are on the Way

by Jones Day on

In the next few months, the IRS will begin sending letters notifying employers that they may owe a penalty for failing to offer health coverage under the Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate for the 2015 calendar year. The...more

IRS Prepares to Enforce ACA Employer Mandate

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The IRS has announced its intent to begin enforcing the employer-shared responsibility provisions (otherwise known as the employer mandate or pay-or-play provisions) of the Affordable Care Act for the 2015 calendar year....more

California Law Mandates Parental Leave for Small Businesses With 20+ Employees

by Perkins Coie on

Governor Jerry Brown signed S.B. 63 last month, which makes CFRA applicable to businesses with 20+ employees. Under the bill, the California Government Code will be amended as of January 1, 2018 to permit eligible employees...more

State and Federal Government Move to Enforce Employer Health Care Assessments

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development issued proposed regulations to implement the Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) supplemental assessment that was...more

Issue 115: Ready or Not, Here Come ACA Employer Mandate Penalty Notices

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and fifteenth issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of...more

Draft Regulations on Employer Health Care Assessment Released

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has released draft regulations changing the existing Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC), creating a temporary supplemental contribution, and modifying the...more

Medical Waste/OSHA Enforcement: Missouri Podiatry Clinic Cited for Alleged Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) cited Anderson Foot and Ankle Clinic (“AFAC”) for alleged violations of the hazard communication standard. AFAC is stated to be a Rolla, Missouri podiatry clinic....more

IRS to Begin Enforcing 4980H Penalties on Large Employers Before End of 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

On November 2, 2017, the IRS issued guidance regarding the enforcement of Employer Shared Responsibility payments, otherwise known as the Section 4980H penalty. Questions 55-58 of the IRS Questions and Answers on Employer...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

New York 13 Hour Rule

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) adopted an emergency temporary regulation on October 6, 2017 to address home care aides who work shifts of 24 hours or more. This action comes amidst much anxiety in the industry...more

Emergency New York Department of Labor Amendment Attempts to Clarify Pay Requirements for Home Health Care Workers

by Hogan Lovells on

The home health care industry has been buffeted in the past year by almost constant winds of change and conflicting guidance. Home health care agencies, which provide crucial live-in aides to New York’s most vulnerable,...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

"Insider" Edition—Required Referrals and the Stark Law (Part Two of Two)

Hospitals and physicians must consider many items when a hospital is putting together an employment contract with a physician. One question we have seen more and more hospitals ask is whether a hospital may insert a provision...more

Health Alert (Australia) 30 October 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales 20 October 2017 - Quach v New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission; Quach v New South Wales Civil and...more

No Pay to Sleep or Eat on the Job: New York State Department of Labor Issues an Emergency Regulation for Home Care Workers

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The New York State Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued an emergency regulation clarifying its minimum-wage rules regarding home care employees. The emergency regulation provides that sleep and meal times for home care...more

Hospitals’ Obligations to Employees Withstand Natural Disasters

by Polsinelli on

Hurricane Harvey reminded hospitals that obligations to employees do not cease during or after horrific natural disasters. Hospitals should have a plan in place when preparing for a natural disaster, such as an inclement...more

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