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Maryland Becomes Ninth State to Enact Paid Sick Leave

by Morgan Lewis on

The Healthy Working Families Act requires certain Maryland employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick leave. Maryland became the ninth state, along with the District of Columbia, to enact paid sick leave...more

Mental Health Disabilities – What to Do?

by Ruder Ware on

We are seeing a growth in disability claims based upon mental health conditions which is very troubling for employers because it is hard to understand whether an employee actually has a mental health condition and it is...more

A New Year, A New Wellness Program

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New Year’s resolutions typically address health and well-being. Many among us have resolved this year to get off the couch, to sweat a bit more often to the “oldies,” to meditate and be mindful, and to eat...more

Let's Talk About The HHS "Conscience" Protections For Healthcare Employees

Here's what employers need to know. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of Civil Rights announced that they would be enhancing the legal protections for healthcare workers with...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Impact on Tax-Exempt Organizations

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), which imposes a new excise tax on certain tax-exempt organizations for compensation paid to their covered employees in excess...more

A Game Plan for Employers Facing Possible ACA Penalties

by Carlton Fields on

All employers are at risk of receiving a notice from the IRS that they are liable for a penalty under the Affordable Care Act for failing to offer enough employees insurance coverage, or for failing to offer particular...more

Fringe Benefits: What Tax Reform Means to the Employer

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The new tax reform legislation includes important changes to the tax treatment of employer-sponsored benefit programs, including transportation benefit programs and moving expense reimbursements. The law also creates a new...more

Massachusetts to (Again) Require Health Care Reporting by Employers

Massachusetts employers with 6 or more employees will soon be required to prepare and file a new health care reporting form referred to as the “healthcare coverage form.” While reminiscent of the now repealed “Health...more

2018 Limits Announced for Benefits and Other Tax Provisions

Members of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Tax and Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practices have outlined the recently announced 2018 dollar limits on the Social Security Wage Base, compensation and deferrals for...more

UPCOMING DEADLINES: (1) Form W-2 Reporting Of Employer-Provided Health Coverage; And (2) Medicare Part D Notices To CMS

by Fraser Trebilcock on

Unless subject to an exemption, employers must report the aggregate cost of employer-sponsored health coverage provided in 2017 on their employees’ Form W-2 (Code DD in Box 12) issued in January 2018. Please see IRS Notice...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

CMS Guidance on Work Requirements for Medicaid Eligibility

Today (January 11, 2018), CMS released a Letter to Medicaid Directors outlining guidance that work requirements can be used as a basis for eligibility for certain adult Medicaid beneficiaries through 1115 waivers. Medicaid...more

Thank You IRS - Extensions for This Year’s ACA Tax Reporting

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The “Bottom Line” - Employers will have until March 2, 2018 to furnish Form 1095-C (“Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage”) to employees.,,...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

Massachusetts Employers Should Prepare for Penalties and Other Changes to Law Regarding Health Care Contributions

In August 2017, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care,” which became effective on January 1, 2018, and will remain on the books through the end of the 2019...more

Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance Issues Final Regulations Implementing the EMAC Supplemental

As we reported in a previous post, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in August 2017 signed into law H. 3822, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care” (the “Act”). Among other things, the law...more

Labor Department Initiative Could Permit Gig Workers To Obtain Healthcare Benefits

by Fisher Phillips on

Among my list of “must-read” workplace law summaries is the weekly “Punching In” column put out by Chris Opfer and Ben Penn over at Bloomberg Law’s Labor and Employment Blog every Monday morning. This week’s edition contains...more

Issue 117: DOL Issues Proposed Rules On Association Health Plans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and seventeenth 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...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

Vermont Legislative Update 1-5-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

The merger between the Department of Labor and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development as proposed by the Scott Administration is off the table, but work that was spawned by consideration of the idea has gathered...more

Alston & Bird Healthcare Week in Review

by Alston & Bird on

On January 2, 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a final rule entitled, Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records. The final rule makes changes to the SAMHSA...more

DOL Proposes Expansion of Association Health Plans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following up on the direction provided by Executive Order 13813, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued proposed regulations that would expand the ability of small employers to band together and provide coverage under...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature Convenes - On January 3, 2018, the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature convened to begin its review of more than 400 bills. Some of the larger issues facing...more

[Event] 4th Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar - March 7th, Los Angeles, CA

by Nossaman LLP on

Please join Nossaman LLP and the California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 for the 4th Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar in Los Angeles. During this one-day program,...more

Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rules Expanding Access to Association Health Plans

On October 12, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order concerning a number of health plan market initiatives. One of the items included in the Executive Order was a directive to the Secretary of Labor to issue proposed...more

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