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The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection- Arizona Attorney General Announces Settlement with Auto Manufacturer Over Alleged Ignition Switch Defects- Arizona AG Mark Brnovich reached a settlement with auto manufacturer General Motors LLC...more

IRS Lowers 2018 Family Contribution Limit for Health Savings Accounts

The IRS previously announced that the 2018 contribution limit for health savings accounts (HSAs) corresponding to family coverage under a high-deductible health plan would be $6,900. However, now three months into 2018, the...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #5

The clink of champagne flutes was almost audible under the Gold Dome this morning as the House adopted SB 17, commonly known as the “brunch bill”. The bill, authored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), will allow local...more

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

Certainty is on the Horizon for the New York Home Care Industry

by Littler on

The home care industry has faced collapse since a series of New York Appellate Division decisions invalidated New York Department of Labor (NY DOL) policy and held that home care attendants working 24-hour shifts who are...more

April 1 Marks a Compliance Change: Are Your Plans' Disability Claims Ready?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations that add to the existing requirements for disability benefits claims. The regulations add procedural steps and participant rights that must be included in a plan’s...more

Action Needed by Certain ERISA Plans – New Disability Claims Procedures Apply Beginning April 2018

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In January 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that final regulations affecting how some ERISA plans process claims and appeals will apply beginning April 1, 2018. As explained below, the final regulations...more

Live-In Issue is Headed to the Court of Appeals

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

After years of uncertainty concerning the compensation of aides who work shifts of 24 hours or more (commonly referred to as “live-in aides”), the case that started it all — Andryeyeva v. New York Health Care, Inc. — will be...more

IRS Reduces 2018 Health Savings Account Limit for Family Coverage

On March 5, 2018, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-18, which, among other things, adjusts downward the 2018 total contribution limit to health savings accounts (HSAs) for individuals enrolled in family coverage. In...more

Let’s Start Over – 2018 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

by Ruder Ware on

It is unusual for the IRS to implement a retroactive change to a previously announced limit (whether it be qualified plan limits or HSA limits). Especially when the change is a reduction in the amount that taxpayers can...more

Prepare for New Claims Procedures for Disability Benefit Plans

After several rounds of additional review and a three-month delay in the effective date, the final regulations originally issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) in December 2016, which established new requirements...more

IRS Reduces Family HSA Contribution Limit For 2018

by Littler on

On March 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service released Rev. Proc. 2018-18 under Internal Revenue Bulletin No. 2018-10, reducing from $6,900 to $6,850 the maximum amount an individual with family coverage may contribute to a...more

Summary Plan Descriptions Required for All ERISA Retirement, Health and Welfare Plans

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Administrators of all employee benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) should ensure their plans' compliance with ERISA's Summary Plan Description (SPD) requirement. •...more

#Timesup For The Healthcare Industry? Not If You Use The Frenzy To Make Meaningful Culture Change

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As #MeToo and #TimesUp initiatives sweep the nation, the healthcare industry should pay attention. Recent nationwide media attention on sexual harassment in healthcare, coupled with stressful work environments, means...more

Have You Properly Prepared for a WPA Audit?

by FordHarrison on

Audits of compliance with the Wage Parity Act ("WPA") are on the rise. The NYS Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit, Medicaid Inspector General ("OMIG"), and Department of Labor ("DOL") are all auditing home care agencies....more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 9

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Omnibus Wrap-up: On Thursday, Appropriations Subcommittees had to report any unresolved issues up to the Full Committee and while the work largely appears to be done,...more

Health Alert (Australia) 5 March 2018

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 1 March 2018 - Holcombe v Hunt [2018] VSC 55 - JUDICIAL REVIEW AND APPEALS – Appeal from refusal to extend limitation period – Claim...more

Another Update From The ABA OSHA Conference

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

We continue to attend the ABA Occupational Safety and Health Law Meeting this week in Santa Monica, California. A hot topic, discussed at yesterdays meeting, is sexual harassment in the workplace....more

DOL Proposes Regulations Broadening the Availability of Association Health Plans

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

In response to President Trump’s October 12, 2017 Executive Order, the Department of Labor has issued proposed regulations expanding opportunities for small employers to band together to form association health plans...more

ACA’s “Cadillac Tax” Implementation Delayed Until 2022

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The effective date for the Affordable Care Act’s 40% excise tax on high cost employer sponsored health plan coverage, commonly referred to as the “Cadillac Tax,” has once again been delayed. Originally scheduled to become...more

NLRB: Changing Winds Blow in Favor of Health Care Employers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Trump administration’s mark is certainly evident at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and health care employers are breathing a sigh of relief. The NLRB is a five member Board that decides cases governing most...more

The Supreme Court Says Goodbye to the Yard-Man Inference Again and Reaffirms Ordinary Principles of Contract Law Apply When...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Disputes over lifetime retiree health benefits for union retirees may become a memory of the past. For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court confirms that collective bargaining agreements must...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #14

Completing their last convening before Crossover Day on Wednesday, the House and Senate dispensed with long calendars today. Although the House considered 24 measures and the Senate considered 29, the mood under the Gold Dome...more

Mandatory Flu Vaccines Land Healthcare Facility In Court

by Holland & Hart LLP on

After rescinding a job offer to an applicant, a Michigan healthcare provider finds itself in federal court defending a religious accommodation claim. If your organization requires employees to get flu vaccines, your policy...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections- Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh Announces Bid for Reelection- Maryland AG Brian Frosh declared his intention to run for reelection to a second term in 2018. Prior to his election to AG in 2014,...more

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